Parks & Recreation   |  Chris Greene Lake
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Harmful Algae Bloom Occurring on Chris Greene Lake
updated 10/16/2017

Biweekly testing continues at Chris Greene Lake.  Water samples continue to test positive for harmful algae. 

Public advised to avoid water contact at dog park and boat ramp.

Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County is experiencing a harmful algae bloom that is a naturally occurring circumstance due to recent weather conditions. The public is advised to avoid contact with the lake water until algae concentrations return to acceptable levels.

Preliminary tests indicate a blue-green algae Aphanizomenon spp. was detected at elevated concentrations in Chris Greene Lake. This algae can produce a toxin that can cause rashes and other illnesses. Toxin screening levels conducted on 7/27/17 are just below those which may pose a health risk. Additional laboratory testing for samples collected are pending.

People and pets are prohibited from entering the water in the vicinity of the dog park and boat ramp. 

Most algae species are harmless however some species may produce irritating compounds or toxins. Algae blooms occur naturally when warm water and nutrients combine to make conditions favorable for algae growth such as has occurred recently with the significantly warmer temperatures and lack of rainfall to create adequate inflow into the lake to keep the water moving.

Albemarle Co. Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force, which includes the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Old Dominion Phytoplankton lab, will continue to monitor water quality in the lake. Water access will reopen following a minimum of two consecutive weeks of acceptable levels for algal cell counts and toxin concentration. For more information on acceptable algae levels, see the Virginia Department of Health Recreational Advisory Guidance for Microcystin/Microcystis at www.HarmfulAlgaeVA.com.

To prevent illness, people should:
• Avoid contact with any area of the pond where water is green or an advisory sign is posted.
• Do not allow children or pets to drink from natural bodies of water.
• Keep children and pets out of the HAB water and quickly wash them off with fresh water after coming into contact with algae.
• If you or your animals experience symptoms after swimming in or near an algal bloom, seek medical/veterinarian care.
• If you suspect you experienced health-related effects following exposure to a bloom, contact the Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Hotline at 1-888-238-6154
• To learn more about HABs or to report an algae bloom or fish kill visit: www.HarmfulAlgaeVA.com
   

SIZE 
239 total acres (with 53 water acres and 2 beach acres)

HOURS 
Parks are generally open for daylight hours all year. Specific hours for each park are posted at park entrance.
 
SWIMMING
Daily 11:00am to 7:00pm. (from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day, except on the days when Albemarle County Schools are in session)

 
 
CANOE / KAYAK RENTAL
Fee: $5.00/hour (from Memorial Day weekend thru the summer swim season)
3 canoes & 2 kayaks, rent from lifeguards during swim hours
 
FISHING
A Virginia State Fishing License is required. A wheelchair-accessible fishing pier is available.  All bass 12 to 15 inches must be released immediately.  Five bass per day limit.  All other State Regulations apply.  Click here for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
 
BOATING
U.S. Coast Guard-approved boats and crafts are welcome. Gasoline-powered motors are prohibited. Electric motors are allowed.

AMENITIES
3 miles of hiking trails; wheelchair-accessible playground; 8 tables and 5 grills scattered throughout the park; seasonal restrooms; 2 picnic shelters, 6 picnic tables each, with open grills and electricity.  Click here for a trail map.

DOG PARK 
Chris Greene Lake Park has a 1 acre fenced in area for dogs to run off-leash, with a roped water access for dogs to swim.  Open until dark every day.  Dog Park Rules
 
DIRECTIONS
Take Route 29 North towards Earlysville; Turn left onto Route 649 (Airport Road); Turn right onto Route 606; Turn left onto Route 850 (Chris Greene Lake Road).
 
ADDRESS
4748 Chris Greene Lake Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911

 

 


 
Highlights
On-line Registration, Reserve Shelter or Facility, or buy a Swim Pass  
 
 
 
Contact the Department
Parks and Recreation
401 McIntire Road
Room 118
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-296-5844
FAX: 434-293-0299
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