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Near Blackstone in Nottoway County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You

The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
1. The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You Marker
The Pickett Reservoir lies before you. This 384 acre impoundment was formed in 1942 by the United States Army in conjunction with the creation of Camp Pickett. Along with being a military training area, this reservoir provides drinking water to the Town of Blackstone and Fort Pickett and is primarily formed by the confluence of the Little Nottoway River, the Nottoway River, Crooked Creek, and Cedar Creek. Late 19th- and early 20th-century maps show the Reservoir area as a marsh.

The Reservoir intake is at the dam and bridge structure carrying Route 46, also built in 1942. Historically a crossing known as Kennedy’s Bridge stood at this location; the modern-day bridge is known as Kennedy Bridge.

The Nottoway River Watershed upstream from where you are standing (to the west) encompasses 230 square miles (147,000 acres) and extends to the towns of Burkeville, Crewe, Blackstone, Kenbridge, Victoria and the unincorporated communities of Dundas and Green Bay. The majority of this landcover is forested. Forests play an important role in regulating water quality and other components of the ecosystem. Everyone
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in the watershed shares a part in keeping it healthy. Being good stewards of the land through approved forestry and farming practices helps maintain a healthy ecosystem. This in turn helps to ensure that the ecosystem services provided (lumber products, food, clean air and water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and scenic vistas are sustained and available for future generations. The map below shows the watershed west of Fort Pickett shaded in brown.

The Pickett Reservoir recreational area provides boat access to the lake as well as picnic facilities. The trail along the bank can be accessed down the steps in front of you or over by the pavilion. The fence is installed for safety and to prevent erosion caused by foot traffic along the steep bank. The green boxes set on the poles along the fence are bat houses. Bats in this area primarily eat nocturnal insects and a single bat can consume hundreds of mosquito-sized insects in one hour. Some of these bat species include Big Brown Bat, Little Brown Bat, Eastern Red Bat, Evening Bat, and Eastern Pipistrelle. The trees planted along the back side of the fence are native species that were chosen to benefit pollinators in particular. They include American holly, white fringetree, and serviceberry. Highbush blueberry is also planted along the fence. These latest improvements to the site were made possible by a NPLD grant
The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
2. The Pickett Reservoir Lies Before You Marker
in 2014 along with volunteer assistance from the community. Please enjoy the site and be respectful of the facilities provided.

National Public Lands Day. The Department of Defense (DoD) Legacy Resource Management Program provides funds to the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for National Public Lands Day (NPLD) projects on military lands open to the public for recreation. Some of the improvements to this site are made possible by DoD Legacy funds through National Public Lands Day Projects.

National Public Lands Day keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933–1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.

NPLD educates Americans about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands. It builds partnerships between the public sector and the local community based upon mutual interests in the enhancement and restoration of America’s public lands; and it improves public lands for outdoor recreation, with volunteers assisting land managers in hands-on-work.
Erected by Army National Guard, MTC Fort Pickett, Wildlife Foundation, Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and the Environment, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Department
The Pickett Reservoir image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 21, 2017
3. The Pickett Reservoir
Marker is out of frame on the right. Boat ramp and parking is out of frame on the left.
of Forestry, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Outdoors Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Albemarle-Chowan Watershed Roundtable.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryMan-Made FeaturesMilitaryWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
Location. 36° 59.256′ N, 77° 57.812′ W. Marker is near Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker is on Christanna Highway (Virginia Route 46) 13.7 miles north of Exit 28 (Interstate 85), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blackstone VA 23824, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brunswick County, Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Academy (approx. 5˝ miles away); Danieltown (approx. 5.7 miles away); Virginia Tech Fight Song (approx. 5.9 miles away); Lunenburg County / Nottoway County (approx. 6.1 miles away); Nottoway Training School (approx. 6.3 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 6˝ miles away); Jamestown Oaks (approx. 6˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blackstone.
Also see . . .  Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
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This is their page for Fort Pickett Lakes. “A separate fishing permit is required. These permits are available at the Wildlife Management Station located on Fort Pickett, as well as in the town of Blackstone. Anglers can choose to fish from a number of different lakes. Access to some of the lakes is restricted due to military training exercises.” “Pickett Reservoir, a 384-acre impoundment on the Nottoway River, provides good largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie fishing. There is also a good carp fishery in this lake for these anglers. Where gasoline motors are permitted on the Fort Pickett reservoirs and ponds, there is a 25 mph speed limit.” (Submitted on August 30, 2017.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Sep. 21, 2023