Parks & Recreation   |  Swimming Beaches & Season Swim Passes


Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory No Longer in Effect for Chris Greene Lake

Park to reopen for water recreation; park fees waived Friday, June 29


Albemarle County is pleased to announce that the Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory for Chris Green Lake has been lifted. The lake will reopen for recreation tomorrow, Friday, June 29, 2018. In a show of goodwill, the County is waiving the entrance fees to Chris Greene Lake Park for park guests tomorrow.


The Thomas Jefferson Health Department (TJHD) issued an advisory on Monday, June 18, 2018 when an unsafe level of harmful algae species were detected in Chris Greene Lake. Albemarle County Parks and Recreation staff coordinated with the Virginia Department of Health and TJHD to monitor the bloom. Two consecutive lake water sample results have indicated that toxin concentrations are at safe levels. This morning the Thomas Jefferson Health District announced that they lifted the public advisory to avoid water contact at Chris Greene Lake.


Albemarle County Parks and Recreation will continue to monitor water quality in Chris Greene Lake and our other swimming lakes during the swimming season. In our ongoing efforts to mitigate high nutrient levels in the lake, Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the Environmental Services Division. We intend to set up a system to monitor the flow into and out of Chris Greene Lake to see if we can begin to pinpoint the source of the issue, as well as develop a public awareness campaign about the impacts of runoff to our community water.


For more information on harmful algae blooms and what the Virginia Department of Health is doing to protect public health in recreational areas, visit

Looking for a new way to keep cool during the summer months? Visit one of our beaches at Chris Greene Lake, Walnut Creek, or Mint Springs Valley Park. Each of these three parks has a sand beach for freshwater swimming during the summer months (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) with lifeguard protection. The lakes are open from 11:00am to 7:00pm for swimming.  There will be no swimming on days that Albemarle County Schools are in session. 

There is a park user fee to enter the parks.  Everyone must pay the entry fee into the parks:  whether you are walking a dog, fishing, biking, or swimming, etc.  If you have any questions feel free to call the Albemarle County Parks Office at 434-296-5844.  Thank you for  your patronage!   Daily entry fees for Albemarle County residents are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Non-Albemarle County resident fees are $4.50 for adults and $3 for children.  Children ages 3 and under are fee.  Child is ages 4-12.  Adult is ages 13+.
Season pass prices are listed below.

Note:  New Policy, To promote a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for our patrons, a no smoking policy is in affect at all county beaches.  No smoking will be allowed on beaches and in fenced in swim area at Chris Greene Lake, Mint Springs, and Walnut Creek.  Thank you for your cooperation! 

(Season Passes 1/2 price starting July 15)

*We only accept cash or check at the Cashier Booths in the Parks, no credit cards accepted

 Fees Albemarle County Resident   Non-County Resident

(ages 4-12)

 $30.00  $45.00
(ages 13+)
 $50.00  $75.00

 $100.00/5 limit
(+$20 each over 5)

 $150.00/5 limit
(+$30 each over 5)

 *Seniors age 62 and over may obtain a Free Season Pass, Albemarle County Residents Only. 

Click here to purchase a SEASON PASS on-line.  You may also purchase a pass at the cashier booth at each lake during operating hours or come by the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation office at 401 McIntire Road.  Any questions please call us at (434) 296-5844.

Click here for the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Amenities Matrix for a complete list of county parks and their amenities. 



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Parks and Recreation
401 McIntire Road
Room 118
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-293-0299
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