Lake Brittle is a 77-acre impoundment located in Fauquier County.Lake Brittle is located just east of Warrenton and only thirty miles from the Beltway.
Lake Brittle is located just to the southeast of New Baltimore off of Route 29/Route 15. Signs for Lake Brittle will be seen as you reach the Route 600 intersection. Take Route 600 east to Route 793. Route 793 will take you to the lake.
It offers a peaceful setting, good fishing, picnicking for the family, and abundant nature for the wildlife enthusiast. The lake's average depth is about seven feet, and it has a maximum depth of 25 feet near the spillway tower.
Lake Brittle supports a warmwater fish community including largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and channel catfish. The lake has been stocked annually with walleye since 1979. Flathead catfish were stocked in 1990 and 1994 to control the abundant sunfish population and undesirable species such as brown bullhead and gizzard shad, which managed to proliferate to produce large populations.
The management objective of Lake Brittle is to increase panfish population structure and average weight while maintaining the largemouth bass fishery. The balance of the fishery is based on the predation of stunted sunfish and gizzard shad by catfish, largemouth bass and walleye. It will be necessary to maintain high predator numbers to sufficiently control overpopulation of the lake with stunted, slow growing sunfish.
Lake Brittle receives heavy fishing pressure due in part to its proximity to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Anglers will find plenty of shoreline access along with a fishing pier. The boat ramp and finger pier provide anglers with year-round private boat access. The lake's concession stand offers boat and electric motor rental along with bait and snack sales from March 15th through October 15th.