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Lake Braddock, Burke

#7 of 10 in Nature in Fairfax County
Lake Braddock is a reservoir in the community of Burke in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. Lake Braddock is created by an impoundment on a tributary stream of Pohick Creek, itself a tributary of the Potomac River.
In 1969, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Northern Virginia Soil District signed contracts which allowed the construction of the dam impounding the tributary of the Pohick creek in Burke. The $138,500 cost of the dam, intended as the first of eight to control soil erosion and flooding in the Pohick watershed, was split between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Yeonas Development Corporation, the latter of which intended to build a 1000-unit development on the surrounding 400 acres.
The ultimate cost of the dam creating the 19-acre lake was $93,000 to the U.S. Government and $104,000 to Yeonas.
The fact that the lake included no public recreation facilities despite being financed with public money was the subject of controversy, and led to the amendment of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act in 1972 to require public access to all such facilities constructed in the future.
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  • A little for everyone in this County Park. A nice lake, water activities. Trails, greenery, it sort of has it all and it's free for Fairfax County resident. Out of county residents pay on weekends in ...  more »
  • Whether going for a family outing, bike riding, walking or just admiring the scenery, there are many options for events and activities.  more »
  • Loved walking with my daughter around the lake in the afternoon and running around it in the morning when she was at school 👍
  • Great place to walk and enjoy nature and people. Clean clear walking path with 2 playgrounds on the surround. There's good fishing but get there early!

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