Lunga Reservoir and Lunga Park
Lunga Reservoir is the largest and historically was the most popular body of water on MCBQ. It contains 477 acres, has a watershed of 6,880 acres and a water storage capacity of 7.75 billion gallons. The fish populations on Lunga are comprised of mainly largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch, and various other fish species. Upcoming fish sampling efforts will allow MCBQ Fish and Wildlife staff to gain a better understanding of the current fish population and structure.
PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION AND REFERENCED WEBSITES
For further details about Lunga Park and specific access criteria, please see the MCCS Lunga Park website Lunga Park (usmc-mccs.org)
MCBO 5090.1 - MCINCR-MCBQ Lunga Recreation Area Operations Order
Lunga Park Safety Brochure
Lunga Reservoir is OPEN!
- All access is currently through Lunga Park (operated by MCCS).
- Fishing and Boating Hours: See the MCCS Lunga Park website (Lunga Park (usmc-mccs.org) for all fishing and boating hours on Lunga Park (note there are different hours for the Park, Boat House, and Boat Launch) and Lunga Recreation Area.
Who is required to check in and out through iSportsman?
- Anyone launching a personal boat (includes kayaks and canoes) and all anglers are required to obtain all necessary permits (see below) and check in and out using Quantico iSportsman. Please register for an iSportsman account and obtain permits prior to coming on MCBQ.
- A MCBQ Lunga Boating permit (available through iSportsman) is required to operate a personal boat for recreation (non-fishing) on Lunga Reservoir. A boating permit is not required if fishing from a boat (see fishing license requirements below).
Who is NOT required to check in and out through iSportsman?
- Recreational boaters (non-fishing) that are renting boats on-site from MCCS
- Will be checked in and out directly at the Lunga MCCS Facility
- Do not need a boating permit from Quantico iSportsman
- All boats must launch from the MCCS operated facilities at Lunga Park.
- All recreational users must read the Lunga Safety Brief prior to any recreation at Lunga.
- Per MCINCR-MCBQ Base Order 5090.1 – MCINCR MCBQ Lunga Recreation Area Operations - ….Boating and Fishing.
- Boating is restricted to electric motors only
- Boats with both gas and electric motors are allowed to utilize the electric motor only with the gas engine fully out of the water. No secondary fuel containers are allowed in boats.
- No anchoring (including the use of power poles) of any boats at the bottom of Lunga Reservoir is allowed; patron should avoid any disturbance of the sediments at the bottom of the reservoir during boating and fishing activities.
- Boaters must check the flagpole at the boat launch area, if the active range use flag is flying, then boaters shall not pass the Safety Danger Zone buoys within the reservoir.
- All boaters and anglers must adhere to policies and procedures outlined MCBO 11015.2D and MCBBul 11015.
- Boat and shoreline fishing are permitted on Lunga Reservoir.
- At this time, shoreline fishing will only be permitted within Lunga Park (no fishing allowed from boat dock).
- A Virginia Fishing License and MCBQ Fishing Permit are required to fish anywhere aboard MCBQ.
- VA regulations concerning the possession of game and nongame fish, reptiles, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates are applicable and enforced at MCBQ. MCBQ follows the state Creel and Length Limits for all fish species. Consult VA freshwater fishing regulations for creel and length limits. https://dwr.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/media/creel-and-length-limits.pdf
Note: The length restriction for bass on MCBQ is no longer in effect and MCBQ follows the state creel and length limits.