Occoquan Reservoir

Occoquan River Mill Park Grand Opening, July 30th at 10AM

Posted by Lori on July 5, 2016 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Redevelopment, Town News

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In partnership with Prince William County and Fairfax Water, the Historic Town of Occoquan will host a Grand Opening event for River Mill Park in Occoquan on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, concertm scavenger hunt organized by the Mill House Museum and the water bar (powered by Fairfax Water, of course)!

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s development, as well as the history of the site. In addition to the Grand Opening, there will be a free summer concert series in River Mill Park from August 6 through September 3.


As demolition work continues, the Town Council has started to discuss naming our new park. The Town Council has invited the public to their February 3rd meeting to get input on potential names. What are they looking for? We hear town officials are not planning to name the park after a person or places already in town. The town is looking for something new! Below are a few names currently under consideration:

River Station Park
Mill Race Park
Oronocah Park (meaning Garden in Powhatan language)

According to the town website, demolition will continue into the Spring and park construction work will start after that with hopes that the park will be completed by Winter 2015.


Per Mayor Quist:

Also announced in the month of July, is Fairfax Water’s intent to begin water tank removal at the end of Mill Street by early August. Work is expected to last through the beginning of next year before the property is officially released to the Town, after which the Town will work to develop the site into a public park that we hope to have operational by the fall of 2015. Once solidified, the plans will follow the same review and approval process as other construction projects in Town and updates will be provided as they become available.


Per Mayor Porta:

Prince William County and the Town of Occoquan have agreed to a boundary adjustment that will place all of the approximately 1.11 acres of park land within the town’s boundaries. A long-term lease for the site is being negotiated now. Fairfax Water has indicated that they plan to begin removal of the deprecated tanks in late 2013, or early 2014.


Per Mayor Porta:

On January 9, 2013 the Occoquan Town Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Town, Fairfax Water, and Prince William County, for the construction and operation of a park on the site of the decommissioned Fairfax Water treatment plant at the northwestern end of town.  A result of months of negotiation between the parties, the agreement establishes the basic responsibilities for oversight of the approximately 1.11 acres of land.

Under the terms of the MOA, Fairfax Water will remove the tanks and buildings and lease the property for no less than 30 years.  Prince William County will contribute funds to the construction of the new park.  The Town of Occoquan will be responsible for the park’s operation and maintenance.


Will Occoquan Riverfront Park finally become a reality? Things are looking good!

According to InsideNova: “Six years after being approved as part of Prince William County’s 2006 bond referendum, a small riverside park appears likely to be built in the near future.”

The Prince William County FY 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Plan calls for a radical revitalization. According to the document:

Occoquan Riverfront Park will be developed on a portion of two parcels of land owned by Fairfax County Water Authority and located at 415 Mill Street and 460 Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan. The site was previously utilized as a water treatment plant and has been decommissioned by Fairfax Water. Fairfax Water will assist in development of the site by selective demolition of existing facilities. The area will be developed into a small community park with a playground, a spray ground, a small amphitheater, and possibly some indoor space appropriate for community based programming.

Where is the money coming from? Debt financing approved by voters during the 2006 bond referendum provides $1,500,000 for this project. Construction of the park is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Stay tuned for demolition updates.


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2011 Occoquan Chase Recap

Posted by Lou on October 19, 2011 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan Rowing, Video

Check out this video recap of the 2011 Occoquan Chase time trial competition held each fall along the Occoquan Reservoir…

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Occoquan Reservoir: A Gem Worth Protecting

Posted by Lou on September 29, 2011 in Environmental News, Occoquan Reservoir, Redevelopment

A worthy article about protecting and improving the Occoquan Reservoir:
Occoquan Reservoir: A Rare Gem Worth Protecting

The Occoquan Reservoir is a rare gem in our increasingly developed area. It is already an irreplaceable drinking water source for 1.7 million people.

Sedimentation input results in knee-deep mud along the bottom of the reservoir that reduces water capacity and aquatic diversity, the clarity of the water is poor, aquatic grasses grow unchecked that inhibit fish stocks and diversity, and on and on.

Check out PWConserve.org for more information.

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Potomac River Healthiest in 50 Years

Posted by Lou on September 12, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Potomac River

According to the Washington Post, the Potomac River is now the healthiest that it has been since the 1950’s.

“The comeback has been closely tied to the Blue Plains treatment plant, which handles waste from the District and parts of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties. Its outflow is a river in itself: about 300 million gallons a day of treated sewage, enough to fill RFK Stadium.”

“In the past decade, responding to mandates from federal regulators, the plant has added $1 billion in new efforts that allow bacteria to consume the algae-feeding pollutant nitrogen in sewage.”

Read the full article at the Washington Post

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Occoquan River Fishing Report

Posted by Lou on April 19, 2010 in Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River

Anybody interested in fishing in Northern Virginia should definitely check out Charlie Taylor’s fishing report column in the News & Messenger. To whet your appetite, here is Taylor’s fishing report for the Occoquan River from April 8, 2010:

Spring fishing at it’s finest. Herring have invaded the river, bringing with them the white perch, hickory shad, and stripers. These, combined with the resident channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass, are providing good action for anglers in the river. White perch anglers are filling coolers on bloodworms and nightcrawlers. Bass are taking plastic worms, jigs and crankbaits and crappie are being caught on small minnows and jigs. Catfish still like cut herring.

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Epic Fail

Posted by Lou on January 24, 2010 in Occoquan Reservoir, Pictures, Random Musings

Occoquan Reservoir Best For Largemouth Bass

Posted by Lou on June 3, 2009 in Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River

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Hard to believe but each year biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shock the hell out of our lakes and rivers to determine where the best fishing is to be had.

The sampling with the powerful probes was conducted during day hours. The biologists targeted largemouth bass, primarily those of 15 inches or more since those are the kind of bass most anglers prefer.

The 2,100-acre Occoquan Reservoir has the most largemouth bass. It had the highest CPE-P (catch per effort of preferred fish) and the highest relative stock density. In other words, check it out. This lake is very good for fishing.

On a final note, the largemouth bass pictured above (16lbs. 4oz.) is the largest ever caught in the commonwealth of Virginia. It was hooked by Richard Tate on May 20, 1985 at Connor Lake. Click here to see all record fish caught in Virginia.

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Amazing River Rescue

Posted by Lou on June 3, 2009 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Video

Check out this CNN iReport video that recounts the dramatic river rescue that occurred just above the Occoquan Resevoir Dam on Monday, June 1st.

Sucks for those dudes that their boat was destroyed but let’s hear a big round of applause for the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department!

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