Steve and Adriane Thormahlen.Within its 888 acres, Burke Lake Park has something for everyone - 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, disc golf, horse shoe pits, an ice cream parlor, picnic areas with grills, 3 playgrounds, amphitheater, and miniature golf course.

children at birthday party.Facts about Burke Lake Park

  • More than 1 million people visit Burke Lake Park each year.
  • Best of NOVA ‘Public Park’ by Northern Virginia magazine.
  • American Hiking Society named fitness trails 10 best in the nation.
  • Voted BEST park in Metro DC area by Washingtonian magazine poll.


Burke Lake park.The Fairfax County Park Foundation’s Burke Lake Park Improvement Campaign will fund two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant shelters near the children’s area. Please join generous supporters like Steve and Adriane to help by donating to the Burke Lake Park Improvement Campaign.

Donors like us appreciate that 100% of each donation will be dedicated to Burke Lake! – Steve Thormahlen


Stephen Thormahlen honored by Virginia Recreation and Park Society.FCPF’s Director Emeritus, Stephen Thormahlen (pictured with his wife Adriane Thormahlen), was honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award for exceptional volunteer service and generosity for parks.