Walkers Dam

Walkers Dam Boat Lock Gate Instructions.
Originally built in the early 1940’s by the War Department, the City of Newport News purchased the dam and pumping station soon after the war and has maintained and operated them ever since. The dam creates the lake from which Newport News Waterworks withdraws the majority of its raw water to sustain its treatment process for public water supply. The dam is located 22 miles above where the Chickahominy enters the James River and is a tidal barrier (about three feet above sea level) that minimizes saltwater intrusion into the upstream water supply intakes.
If you have any questions, please contact Waterworks Public Information Office at 757-926-1062.