WYTHEVILLE, Va. – With students heading back to school across the county, the Rural Retreat Pool will be taking on an abbreviated operating schedule.

Operating hours from August 17th to September 1st will be Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  In addition, the pool will be open on Labor Day, Monday September 2, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.  

Wythe County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Williams commented on the great summer season at the Rural Retreat Pool.  “The amount of hot sunny days has been numerous this year,” Williams said. “It aided in the success of a great pool season. I am appreciative of our manager and lifeguards who did a magnificent job at keeping the pool clean, safe, and inviting. They also did a great job at providing a refreshing location for our citizens and campers.”

The outstanding weather and high demand resulted in the pool being open seven days a week during the month of July.  However, with students returning to school this week it is necessary to be closed during the week days. 

The pool will close for the season following the Labor Day Weekend. 

Williams also said the last day of camping for the season will be September 8, 2019. The lake remains open 365 days a year.

For more information or to learn more about Rural Retreat Lake call 276-686-4331 or visit:

Camping and shelter rates can also be found online at the Rural Retreat Lake website: Rural Retreat Lake is a 90-acre impoundment owned by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. Located just south of the community of Rural Retreat, Va., the lake is surrounded by the Rural Retreat Lake Park, a recreational facility operated by Wythe County.