Plan Your Visit

Monarch butterfly

The refuge may be visited, but only with advanced reservations.

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is an island located in the James River. There are no hard-line phones or mail service on the refuge. Advanced reservations are required prior to visiting, please contact the refuge office.

Presquile NWR is open to wildlife-dependent activities (See Visitor Activities section). The refuge can be visited during refuge sponsored events and by pre-arranged permit. People wishing to visit the island by permit are to make a request by contacting the refuge office at least three business days prior to the proposed date of visit. In most cases boat transportation and launch locations are to be secured by the permittee. The refuge does not have a mainland launching facility or provide access other than during special events.

When visiting please be mindful of the elements. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring sufficient water.

Once on the island, three miles of trails and boardwalks offer access to excellent wildlife viewing. The Menenak Discovery Center houses interpretive displays and conservation materials intended to inspire visitors. Canoe/kayak water trails and launch site facilitate on-island experiences for students of the James River Ecology School. Rich cultural history is represented with ties to early expeditions of John Smith, former farm structures, and an 18th century cemetery.


Directions & Contact Info

Administrative Office/Eastern Virginia Rivers NWRC Sub-Office
11116 Kimages Road
Charles City, VA 23030

Directions: Turn north onto Kimages Road (Route 658) from John Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5). Proceed approximately 1 mile and turn right into the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery Campus. The refuge office is located in the fourth brick building.

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge - Mainland Access Point
Access available for participants of refuge-sponsored public event:
4700 Bermuda Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23836