From the latest DGIF outdoor Report....
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will require an Access Permit for visitors to department-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and public fishing lakes effective January 1, 2012, who are age 17 and older, unless they possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration.
Daily or Annual Access Permits for WMAs and department-owned public fishing lakes statewide will be available January 1, 2012 for purchase online, by calling 1-866-721-6911 during business hours, or at any license agent.
Daily Access Permits can be consecutive up to five days. More than that—the cost of six daily permits—would be $24, slightly more than the annual fee. At that point, it makes more sense to purchase an Annual Access Permit.
•Cost for the Daily Access Permit is $4.
•Cost for the Annual Access Permit is $23
Department owned lakes includes both Briery Creek Lake and Powhatan Lakes, but you can see the entire list here:
click here to see a list of the Wildlife Management areas:
A couple key points:
Who has to purchase an Access Permit?
Anyone age 17 and older who wants to access a Wildlife Management Area or DGIF-owned public fishing lake must purchase an Access Permit unless they possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration.
Do my children need to have an Access Permit to accompany me on a WMA or fishing lake if I have a hunting or fishing license?
If your child is 17 years or older and does not have their own hunting or fishing license, they will need an access permit regardless of you having a hunting or fishing license