Visiting the Refuge
James River National Wildlife Refuge may be visited, but only with advance reservations or during refuge sponsored events. To learn more, check out our Plan Your Visit page.Plan Your Visit
About the Complex
The complex is comprised of four refuges: Rappahannock River Valley, Presquile, James River and Plum Tree Island
James River is managed as part of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
White-tailed deer hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. Archery, muzzleloader, and shotgun seasons are offered annually.
Muzzleloader Hunts: November 1 and 8
Shotgun Hunts: November 15, 22, 25 and December 6
James River NWR Hunt Information
The development of the James River National Wildlife Refuge comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment began in August 2012. Visit our planning page to learn more about where we are in the planning process and how you can get involved.Comprehensive Conservation Planning
- March 22, 2014
Join FWS staff, partners and other volunteers to help prepare the refuge and its facilities for the Spring season. Projects will include, debris collection/recyling, trail work, cleaning buildings and beautifying public use areas. Materials, tools, and lunch will be provided. Come give a hand to your public lands! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please call Cyrus Brame at 804-829-9020 to register.
Each summer, up to 2,000 bald eagles migrate north from southern breeding grounds to the Chesapeake Bay Region, a phenomenon unknown in other parts of the country. More than 230 individual eagles, the highest density on the James river, roost on refuge lands. Learn more about bald eagles on our Wildlife & Habitat page.Wildlife & Habitat
Visiting the Refuge
To visit James River National Wildlife Refuge, reservations are required seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the proposed visit. Requests can be made at (804) 829-9020.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2014