Trail Notices ,etc.

Portsmouth Ditch Entrance Reopens!


The Portsmouth Ditch entrance in Chesapeake VA has been closed for over two years for a variety of habitat and infrastructure projects. Now, just in time for some spring birding, it is reopened for hiking and biking. The new Black Bear Trail takes the hiker over Portsmouth Ditch on two new footbridges to a freshly blazed hiking trail. If you drive to the end of the entrance road, about 2 miles, you can cross the big bridge and access the many trails that have made the Portsmouth Ditch entrance a place of refuge for experienced hikers and nature lovers.Enter this area of the refuge in Chesapeake, in Deep Creek, at 3457 Martin Johnson Road. Wildlife abounds in this wilderness-like habitat!

Refuge Newsletter

Among the Vines

The first edition of the new refuge newsletter "Among the Vines" is now available for download.

Among the Vines - January 2018
Featured Stories

2018 Hunt Registration Now Underway

Refuge White-tailed deer and American Black Bear hunts will take place this fall. Register now!

For dates and more details, click here.

Check this out!

eBird Trail Tracker


Follow the link to see what birds are seen where as soon as anyone post to eBird! Photocredit:USFWS/MJohnson

eBird Tracker

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.

Learn more about the NWRS