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 05, 2014
Join FWS staff partners and other volunteers to help prepare the refuge and its facilities for the Spring season.Volunteer Day
- April 12, 2014
The refuge's annual event provides the general public a chance to come and enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family. Pontoon boat trips will transport people to and from the island throughout the day. Nature walks, paddle trips, archery, and live animal demonstrations will be offered at various times. Specifically for children, the James River Ecology School staff will be on hand to lead activities and games. No pre-registration required. The event will begin at 9:00 AM and continue until 4:00 PM. Details of Presquile NWR's Field Day
Join us for this unique opportunity to travel the waters of the James River and witness the amazing wildlife and scenic views that this area offers. Tours will be offered May 21, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; May 22, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM; and September 15, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Pre-registration is required. Please click the link below for more information.James River Pontoon Boat Tours
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 12, 2014