**Update: January 13, 2020**
We regret very much the loss of fish at Rickard Lake at our Poor House Farm Park. The weather has caused problems, but for the overall welfare of the lake, it needs dredged very badly. we have been in communication with the Elkins DNR office and have their full support on getting the lake dredged. They understand the future welfare of the lake is best served by removing as much of the silt as possible. We expect to have a long-reach excavator on location this week and begin the removal of the silt. If all goes well, this should take about four to five weeks and be completed by mid-to late-February. Once the lake is filled again, the trout season will begin in March. The DNR is committed to restocking other species of fish besides trout. If we do not dredge, the future ecosystem of the lake will be jeopardized and our fish population will be reduced dramatically.
~Steve Catlett, Executive Director
The 5-acre Rickard Lake sits behind the barn and contains bass, trout, bluegill, catfish and sunfish. Before you head out for a day of fishing, please be sure to read the information below regarding rules and regulations of the Rickard Lake at Poor House Farm Park:
- A West Virginia fishing license is required.
- ALL State regulations are in effect.
- Bass are catch and release (immediately) ONLY.
- There is no boating, swimming or wading in the lake at any time.
- Do not step onto any ice that may form on the lake in the winter. Ice skating is prohibited.
Please note that bodies of water such as this do attract wildlife, such a ducks and geese.
We ask that you please do not feed, tease or bother any of the wildlife you may encounter while visiting Poor House Farm Park.