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Rocky Pen Run Reservoir Filling Up

By Potomac Local April 22, 2014 11:30 am

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – A lake is forming in Stafford County.

It took two years to complete the dam for the Rocky Pen Run Reservoir, and now the 503-acre lake is filling with water.

The largest public works project in Stafford County’s history, the reservoir will hold 5.5 billion gallons of water. It started to fill in January when officials allowed water to flow into the man-made lake bed.

The lake will provide water for the county’s more than 130,000 residents and join two other reservoirs, Abel Lake and Smith Lake.

Rocky Pen Reservoir also be used for fishing, non-motorized boating, and kayaking when it’s completely full.

[Video: Ricky Moorefield]

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  • Joe Brito

    The water elevation on April 17, 2014 was at 177′. The dam height is 226′
    above see level, so the water needs to rise another 49′ to be at full
    elevation.

    I spoke to someone from inland fisheries today. They informed me that the
    reservoir will be stocked this year, next year and possibly in future years with
    Redear (Sunfish), Large Mouth Bass and Channel Catfish. The reservoir will be
    opened up for fishing in 3 to 4 years.