Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


What's Happening

Comment Period Now Closed for Hunt Plan

2021 Hunt and Fish Plan

The 3-month public comment period for our draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment has ended. We are now in the process of reviewing all submitted comments, developing responses, and incorporating any necessary changes as we finalize the plan. We anticipate that the final plan, with our responses, will be available prior to September 1.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Join FWS staff, partners, and other volunteers to help prepare the refuge and its facilities. Projects will include debris collection/recycling, 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.

Get Involved

Powell Creek Trail Now Open

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The refuge has a 1.5 mile long nature trail open to the general public. The designated passageway offers visitors an opportunity to connect with the outdoors during daylight hours.

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About Us

Our Values

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, represented by the blue goose, contains some of the most special places on this planet. Each day we, along with our partners, work with incredible people—people working together to accomplish an important mission and bound together by our shared values.

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About the Complex

Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex

James River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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