Visiting the Refuge
Presquile 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
Presquile is managed as part of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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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.
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- April 11, 2015
April 11th & September 26th
7:00 AM- 3:00 PM Pre-Registration Required
Register in advance to reserve your spot for a fun day on the island of Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. Contact the refuge to select a time slot for your journey. Reservations for boat transportation is to occur no later than three days prior to the event. Reservations are to be made within 30 minutes time slots between 7am and 3:00pm (space is limited, and slots are subject to fill quickly). Please note the 7:00 AM time slot is only available for visitors interested in participating in the Richmond Audubon guided bird walk. There are no other restrictions on the later time slots. To reserve your seat, e-mail <email@example.com> or leave a phone message (804-829-9020) with the following information: Provide several options for preferred reservation (e.g., 9:30AM or11:00AM). Provide the total number of people that will be in your party (e.g., 4- myself and three guests). Provide the best way to be reached for confirmation of reservation (provide e-mail or phone #). If e-mailing, please list "Field Day" in the subject line.
Spring 2015 Field Day News Release
- September 16, 2015
Join us for this unique opportunity to travel the waters of the James River and witness the amazing wildlife and scenic views. The tour will occur on Sept. 16th, 2015 from
8:00 AM-11:00 AM. Pre-registration is required. Please click the link below for more information.James River Pontoon Boat Tours
Through the James River Ecology School, youth are given the opportunity to get their hands (and feet) wet and learn what it means to be steward's of this great river. Check out the video below for more information. Video produced by Science Matters, an educational initiative of the Community Idea Stations.James River Ecology School Video
Presquile NWR is proud to be involved in the exciting James River sturgeon research that is being conducted through the Virginia Commonwealth University. Documentary by Melissa LeshClick here for the James River Sturgeon Documentary
The prothonotary warbler is a small, brightly-colored yellow bird that frequents the tidal swamp forest in spring and summer. Although the neo-tropical migrant is small in stature, it has a loud, distinctive call. Visitors to the wetland boardwalk can listen for the zweet, zweet, zweet, zweet, zweet, zweet song all on one pitch.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015