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Visiting the Refuge

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

Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex comprises 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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Public Events

  • Great Backyard Bird Count at James River NWR

    Blue Jay

    FEBRUARY 13, 2016, 7:30 am The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Richmond Audubon join forces for this annual survey of wintering birds in a remarkable habitat bordered by Powell Creek and the James River.

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  • 25th Anniversary Event - Canoe and kayak refuge water tour


    APRIL 16, 2016, 10am-1pm Participants will travel the tranquil waters along Powell Creek with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as your guide. View wetland habitats and search for wildlife in the land, water and air that border this diverse wildlife refuge. Preregistration is required because space is limited.

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  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer at James River NWR!

    Join FWS staff, partners and other volunteers to help prepare the refuge and its facilities. Projects will include, debris collection/recyling, trail work, cleaning buildings and beautifying public use areas. Materials, tools, and drinks will be provided. Come give a hand to your public lands! Preregistration is required. Please call Cyrus Brame at 804-829-9020 to register.

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Last Updated: Feb 04, 2016
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