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Burke Lake Park

Burke Lake Park
[ 7315 Ox Road ] [ Fairfax Station, VA 22039 ] [ 703-323-6600 ]


2017 Operating Hours

Dates Facilities Days
April 1 - May 26
All facilities except campgrounds Weekends Only
Weather permitting
Campgrounds Open Daily Starting Apr 14
May 27- Aug 27 All facilities Daily
Weather permitting
Aug 28 - Sep 1 Marina Closed
All facilities except marina Daily
Weather permitting
Sep 2- Sep 4
Labor Day Weekend
All facilities Daily
Weather permitting
Sep 5 - Oct 29 All facilities except campgrounds Weekends
Campgrounds Daily
Oct 30-Apr 2018 All facilities Closed
Year Round Park grounds 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.

Entrance Fees

  • 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:
    Vehicle Type Fee
    Car $10.00
    Motorcycle $5.00
    Large Capacity Van $10.00
    Bus $40.00
  • 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 form.

    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.

Large Groups

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 703-653-7032.

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 Events
Ice Cream Parlor

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 prohibited.

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.

Fitness Trails

Burke Lake Fitness Trails are the Best!

Burke Lake Park Trail Map
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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.

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Geocaching Scavenger Hunt
Friday, November 24, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For this event only, special caches are placed around the lake. Find them all and win a prize. It’s a fun way to get outside during the holiday. While you are at the park, take advantage of the site to do some hiking, biking, picnicking or fishing. Burke Lake Park also has a disc golf course along with its playgrounds and miles of trails.

No pre-registration is required for the geocaching scavenger hunt. Check in at the Ice Cream Parlor beginning at 10 a.m. and chose your cache route.  A course has been set up for both beginners and for the more adventuresome.  If you need a little help, park staff will be available at the Burke Lake Park office. GPS units are available to rent for $5, and that includes basic instruction on using the device.

Burke Lake Winter Wonderland
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Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
December 2, 3, 9 and 10
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Welcome to Burke Lake Park

Information Center

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.

Information Center at Burke Lake Park.

The center can help you with the following:

Maps (also available outside Information Center)

Map/Directions Park/Trail Map
Picnic Area Map
Campground Map
Lake Depth Map

Other Items

  • Frisbee Golf Score Card
  • Orienteering Course Map (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Global Positioning Satellite Course Map
  • First Aid
  • 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

AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) locations at Burke Lake Park are indicated by this sign. Note the following emergency AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) locations at Burke Lake Park:

  • Information Center
  • Mini-golf
  • 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 Authority Regulations.

  Do my taxes support Burke Lake Park?

Burke Lake Park is supported by both County tax revenue as well as fee based revenue.

  Do I need a permit to hold an activity at Burke Lake Park?

This depends on the size of your group, the specific activity, and the part of the park you plan to use. Visit Park Use Permits or call us to discuss the many options available.

  Can my group just show up and use a picnic area, or do I need to reserve one?

Yes and No. First, reserving a picnic area or shelter guarantees that you have the area for that day. Reservations depend on the size of your group. We have two first come first served areas, but they are for groups of 20 or less, and groups may only use three or less tables. The reason for this is that we want to provide a picnic experience for as many people as possible. Any area not rented that day is available, but you would not have exclusive use of that area.

  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 lake?

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 close?

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.

  I did not bring a car, can I jog or ride my bike in the park at night?

No. The park and the park grounds are closed at sunset.

  Why do you close the gate on Burke Lake Road, the gate between the golf course and park?

The gate on Burke Lake Road that leads in and out of the back of the park is a maintenance entrance. The public is welcome to use it when it is open. It is always closed on weekends and holidays, and generally closed after mid-afternoon on weekdays.

  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:

Vehicle Type Fee
Car $10.00
Motorcycle $5.00
Large Capacity Van $10.00
Bus $40.00

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.

  Can I feed the geese or any other animals?

The Fairfax County Park Authority does not allow feeding of wild animals in its parks. Please see Park Authority Regulations.

  Does your park have Automated External Defibrillators (AED's)?

Yes. In spring 2006, we were given five AED's through a public grant program. They are located at the Park information center, the mini-golf building, the camp store, golf course clubhouse and on the golf course itself.

  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 paved?

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.

  Can I make reservations for camping if I am not a group?

No, family camping is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

  Can I bring firewood from my house or other area when I go camping at Burke Lake Park?

Yes, you may bring your own firewood. But because of several wood-boring bugs that threaten local trees, we ask that you only bring firewood that is from the local D.C. area. We also ask that you burn all your firewood, or give it to a camper still in the campground.

  Do you allow alcohol in the park?

No, alcohol is prohibited at Burke Lake Park.


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 entrance.

From Route 123 South
The golf course entrance is the first left off Ox Road (Route 123).
The park entrance is the second left off Ox Road (Route 123).

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