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Lake Frederick - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Destination Report
Nearest City: Front Royal, VA
Difficulty: Easy


That 120-acre Lake Frederick is a man made lake is nearly incomprehensible when you experience the intricacy of its inlets and see the lushness of the surrounding forest area. The lake is pristine, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries means to keep it that way.

VDGIF stocks the lake with trout, bass, crappie, and other types of fish. Only electric-power boats are permitted, which means only small motor boars are there to interact with kayaks and canoes.


Lake Frederick is accessible from the main gate at the Shenandoah Active Adult Community, an upscale retirement community halfway between Winchester and Front Royal. The Visitor Center can provide information about the surrounding community, including restaurants and overnight accommodations.


Fishing license


Take Route 66 West towards Front Royal to Route 522/Exit 6 North. Travel 5.8 miles to Shenandoah at Lake Frederick on the left. From Route 81 South, take Rt. 17/50 to 522 South to Shenandoah at Lake Frederick on the right.From Route 81 North, take Route 277/Fairfax Pike East. Follow to Rt. 522 South to Shenandoah at Lake Frederick on the right.


Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has various publications about fishing, canoeing, and kayaking on Lake Frederick.


Maps are available on the Shenandoah community website:

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