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Spider Blocks Placed in Douthat State Park's Lake

One hundred fish structures, also known as spider blocks, were placed on the bottom of Douthat State Park’s 50 acre lake on Thursday, Feb. 16 by park staff.

Spider Blocks in Douthat's Lake

Spider blocks were placed by park staff in Douthat's Lake

The spider blocks provide fish habitat that should improve recreational fishing around the lake. The structures were placed in clusters in the vicinity of the fishing pier near the spillway and at the end of the lake towards Lakeside Campground. 

100 spider blocks were placed in Douthat's Lake.

100 spider blocks were placed in the lake

Underwater structures, such as these spider blocks, can protect fish from predators. Fish structures vary in difference from natural materials to man-made features. Spider blocks simulate the natural habitat of smaller fish drawing larger fish on the food chain to the area. Those larger fish make the habitat a prime fishing zone for anglers.

The spider blocks were made from cinder block and four to six pieces of flexible plastic water pipe approximately five feet long. The piping was placed in the holes of the cinder block and concrete was poured to hold the piping in place.

A preview of what the spider blocks are made of

An up close view of the spider blocks.

Did you know our 35 state parks are open 365 days a year? You can also find detailed information about our trails including maps with GPS way points and video guides by clicking here and selecting the park of interest.

For general park information click here, contact the park office at 540-862-8100 or e-mail Douthat State Park at Douthat@dcr.virginia.govDouthat is located at 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro, VA 24460.

Overnight reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-933-PARK (7275) or by booking on line.

Published: 02/26/2012

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