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Visiting the Refuge

Visiting the Refuge

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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.

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About the Complex

Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge 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

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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What's Happening

  • Field Day 2015

    Dock Trail Broadwalk

    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 this special day will be accepted between August 29th and September 23rd. 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 <> or leave a phone message (804-829-9020) with the following information: Provide several options for preferred reservation (e.g., 9:30 AM or 11:00 AM). Provide the total number of people that will be in your party (e.g., 4 = myself and 3 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. See attached news release.

    Fall 2015 Field Day News Release
  • Pontoon Boat Tour

    Great Blue HeronSeptember 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. THIS EVENT IS FILLED TO CAPACITY and NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATION.

    James River Pontoon Boat Tours
  • Ecology School Ignites Love of the James

    Critter Crawl

    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
  • James River Sturgeon

    Sturgeon Research Partnership Banner

    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 Lesh

    Click here for the James River Sturgeon Documentary
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
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