Lake Tams is named after Captain William Purviance Tams, also known as the “Father of Gypsy Hill Park.”
The lake is a 2.5 acre stormwater retention pond in Gypsy Hill Park that includes a stocked trout program and is the location for two large fishing derby events. An award-winning renovation in 2015 included continuation of a stone retaining wall, installation of a vegetative bank to stabilize erosion and a universally accessible asphalt walking path providing fishing access for people with physical disabilities.
Fishing is available year-round, though it does require a Virginia Freshwater Fishing License for individuals over the age of 16.
Boating is not permitted. That includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boards.
Two special events are hosted at Lake Tams annually. The Youth Fishing Derby is held on the first Saturday in May and the Senior Fishing Derby for ages 55 and up held on the third Saturday in May.