Access to the refuge is to occur in concert with refuge sponsored public events or by special use permit.
Only authorized wildlife dependent recreations activities may occur. These include: wildlife observation, nature photography, white-tailed deer hunting, environmental education, and interpretation.
Visitors must stay on designated trails. Pets are prohibited from entering the refuge.
Ensure resources are not impacted from your visit. Avoid disturbance to animals, plants, and natural history items. Collecting and removing any of these items is prohibited.
Searching for and/or collecting artifacts whether on the surface or subsurface (digging) is strictly prohibited. Stiff penalties, even imprisonment, can result from such action.
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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.