PLEASE NOTE: Burke Lake Park is undergoing a
large repaving project and while the park will remain open we are
encouraging the public to use caution when accessing the park on the
roadways during this approximately 10 day project (pending weather).
Friends of Burke Lake Park Schedule Community Meeting
The Friends of Burke Lake Park will hold a community meeting on
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Kings Park Library. The
meeting will focus on volunteer opportunities to support the lake. The
Friends group encourages high school groups, scouts, running groups and
walking groups and others who appreciate the natural beauty of this
park to attend. Kings Park Library is located at 9000 Burke Lake Road
in Burke, VA. For more information about this meeting, please contact
the Friends via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park Authority Holds Meeting On Burke Lake Golf Course Clubhouse
Replacement and Driving Range Expansion
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2015 Operating Hours
May 25- Sep 7
Day - Labor Day
Sep 8 - Nov 1
All facilities except campgrounds
Nov 2-Apr 2016
Open daily sunrise to sunset
The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Please be aware
that these times change throughout the year. The park gates are
closed at sunset, and the park is closed at dark to all traffic:
pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles.
The park is closed on December 25.
When bad weather strikes, the park may need to alter the normal
operating schedule. Call the Information Center, 703-323-6600, to
determine the status during inclement weather.
There is no charge for Fairfax County residents.
Charge for non-county residents on weekends and holidays
only (no charge on weekdays), April through late October:
Large Capacity Van
Picnic groups and birthday parties (on weekends and
holidays): Individuals attending picnics and birthday parties
who are non-county residents are also subject to pay the $10
non-county resident fee. Those having parties at Burke Lake Park
may pay the gate fee for their non-county resident guests by
downloading the Gate
Pre-Payment Form and following directions at the top of the
Multiple surrounding jurisdictions around Fairfax County no longer
require county property tax stickers on their vehicle. Please have
your driver's license available to show the gate attendant.
Burke Lake Park welcomes large groups to enjoy its facilities. When
you are planning an outing to Burke Lake Park, please call our
information office ahead of time. This will help us to schedule
appropriate staff to make your visit more enjoyable. Large groups
that arrive unannounced may overwhelm our scheduled staff, especially
if two groups coincide. We would be more than happy to discuss
options for the use of the specific facilities you plan to use. We
do not charge an additional fee for large groups.
Planning ahead enables us to provide high quality customer service
and allows your group to stay together. Please call our information
office at 703-323-6600, or stop
by, to discuss your next outing.
If your school group/day camp/large group plan to visit the park
Monday - Friday, please complete and return this Request
for Activities Form. Do not use this form if you are a group
that has reserved a picnic area, unless a majority of your group
plans to use a certain facility at one time. This is a request form
only. It is not a reservation. PLEASE FAX THIS REQUEST TO
The TRAIN runs on the 15 and 45 past the hour. The
CAROUSEL runs on the hour and half hour.
For facility hours of operation, visit:
Rides, Classes and
About Our 888 Acres
A 218-acre lake with
fishing, boating, rowboat rental, camping, a miniature train, a
carousel, outdoor volleyball
courts, open fields, an 18-hole par 3
golf course, clubhouse with snack bar and driving range, disk
golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor,
picnic areas with grills, 3
playgrounds, trails, amphitheater, and miniature golf course.
Swimming and windsurfing are
Lake Burke is owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries (VDGIF), the surrounding park land comprising
Burke Lake Park is owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA).
Many of the rules and regulations including the operating hours
concerning the lake, fishing, the VDGIF public boat launch and
parking area are established by the VDGIF and may vary from the
rules, regulations and hours established by the FCPA for Burke Lake
Park. The Game Department also owns 50 feet of shore line
surrounding the lake and the parking lot/boat ramp that is south of
the main park entrance. VDGIF considers Lake Burke to be a fishing
lake as it is funded by fees from fishing licenses, not a lake for
recreational use. The VDGIF does allow kayaks as long as the
person is actively fishing from their kayak. More information on
Burke Lake may be obtained by visiting the VDGIF web page. Fishing license
information may also be found at that site.
The Information Center is
located at the entrance of the park once you pass through the gate,
on your right hand side.
Burke Lake Fitness Trails are the Best!
Across America, the word is out - Burke Lake Park boasts one of the
10 best fitness trails in the nation. That’s the assessment of the
American Hiking Society, after its trail specialists hiked high and
low to find top 10 candidates in or near a major metropolitan area
(close enough to use before or after work or on lunch hours) with
portions that can be completed in 60-90 minutes.
Just 25 minutes from Washington, D.C., the Burke Lake Loop Trail
follows the shoreline 4.7 miles around the lake, with bays jutting
out from the main body of water that provide a welcome sense of
solitude. Gravel surfaced for most of its length, Burke Lake’s loop
trail is “a fine choice for either a brisk walk or a run,” plus it’s
also suitable for biking.
Welcome to Burke Lake Park
The Information Center is located at the entrance of the park
once you pass through the gate, on your right hand side.
Information Center at Burke Lake Park.
The center can help you with the following:
Maps (also available outside Information Center)
Frisbee Golf Score Card
Course Map (beginner,
Positioning Satellite Course Map
Reservations for Group Camping and Wilderness Camping
Provide information about Picnic Area and Amphitheater rental. Call
the Picnic Reservation line at 703-324-8732 to make reservations.
The center accepts only VISA and MasterCard. Available use of
credit card to purchase Mini-Golf Greens Fees, Train/Carousel
Tickets, and pay the Park Entrance Fee
Note the following emergency AED (Automatic External
Defibrillator) locations at Burke Lake Park:
Burke Lake Golf Course Club House
On the golf course - between the 4th green and the 5th tee box
Camp Ground Camp Store
Please also see Park
Why can't I park at the
State Game parking lot to go jogging?
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland fisheries who owns
that property, has designated that parking lot only for those who
are actively fishing. Parking in the lot for any other reason is
prohibited and a fine may be imposed for those who do so.
Does FCPA own the
No. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries owns
the lake, 50 ft. wide perimeter of the shoreline, and the Fish
and Game Parking lot. As part of an agreement, the FCPA and Burke
Lake Park are designated stewards of the lake.
Why does the park have
two gasoline powered boats?
We have two patrol boats which we use to patrol the lake and in
case of emergencies. The FCPA has the Virginia Department of Game
and Inland Fisheries' permission to have gasoline powered boats
on their lake.
What time does the park
Burke Lake Park (which includes parking lots and grounds) closes
at sunset. The time of sunset changes throughout the year. For
example, during the winter sunset may be as early as 5 p.m.,
while during summer sunset may be as late as 8:50 p.m.
How is "Fairfax
County Resident" defined?
There is no entrance fee for Fairfax County residents.
The charge for non-county residents on weekends and
holidays only (no charge on weekdays), April through late October
is as follows:
Large Capacity Van
When determining who is required to pay the park entrance fee
(weekends and holidays only during our operating season), we use
the tax sticker on your vehicle. If that is not available, we use
the zip code on your home address. The zip code determines tax
areas. Senior citizens from counties other than Fairfax receive a
non-county resident senior citizen discount at the campground.
Can I grill food
anywhere in the park?
There are only two places where it is permitted to have
"cooking fires": the picnic area and the campground. Only
charcoal or propane grills are allowed to be used in the park.
Why are the roads
sometimes blocked off during the winter?
Burke Lake usually blocks off roads inside the park after a
snowstorm. Once the roads are cleared and are safe to drive on,
they are reopened. We open the road to the Ice Cream Parlor lot
first because it is the most level road in the park and has ample
parking for winter visitors.
Why are fallen trees
left on the ground? Can I use them as firewood?
Many people come to Burke Lake for the natural setting, and
fallen trees are a part of that setting. The only time we cut
down a tree or cut up a fallen tree is if it presents a danger or
denies access to an area. The reason for leaving trees that have
fallen or cut logs is to provide a habitat for many of the unseen
animals and insects which are vital to the forest ecology.
Is it safe to leave my
car unattended while I'm at the park?
Yes, Burke Lake is a very safe park. But at the same time, we
are not immune from criminal behavior. Your best practice when
leaving your vehicle unattended is not to make it a target. Put
important or expensive objects in your trunk or under a canopy in
your vehicle. Putting it under your seat may seem hidden but if
you can see it through a window, so can everyone else.
Is the trail
A portion of the trail from the
marina to the lake dam is paved. The rest of the path is flat and
covered in fine, crushed gravel which is packed down to a hard
surface perfectly accessible for walkers, joggers or bikers.
Facility Address and Phone Number:
7315 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
From Route 123 North
The park entrance is on the right. If you see the golf course then
you have gone too far.
The golf course entrance will be the next right beyond the park
From Route 123 South
The golf course entrance is the first left off Ox Road (Route
The park entrance is the second left off Ox Road (Route 123).