Tucked away on River Rd. near Central Park, is beautiful Motts Run Reservoir and Motts Run Recreation Area! The 160 acre reservoir actively supplies Fredericksburg City and Spotsylvania County with water and offers a wide array of activities like fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. Boats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. You may bring your own boat, but please stick to electric motors only.

Motts Run remains lightly fished and is a great option for those looking for a scenic fishing oasis within the city. The reservoir is home to bluegill, large-mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, northern pike, and white perch. You will need a fishing license to fish at Mott’s Run Reservoir. Daily or seasonal permits are required.

Fun fact: The current state record northern pike weighed 31 lbs. 4 oz. and came out of Motts Run Reservoir!

There’s more to Motts Run Recreation Area than just the reservoir. Within the 860- acre space is a 4.1 trail system perfect for biking and hiking! Be sure to visit the nature center before you start your hike, home to Pocket the resident pet snake! You can also see hands-on nature displays there, meet the park volunteers, and get lots of information. The Nature Center is free to the public during regular open hours and closed for the season November – March.

Motts Run Recreation Area Features:

  • ADA Accessible Fishing
  • Benches
  • Bike Trail
  • Boating
  • Canoe and Kayak Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Jon Boat Rental
  • Nature Center
  • Orienteering Course
  • Parking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables and Grills
  • Porta Johns
  • Restrooms



Last Updated:
December 11, 2020