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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


What's Happening

2021 Draft Hunt Plan

2021 Hunt and Fish Plan

The 2021 hunt and fish plan is open for public comment. To read the plan and for more information on how to submit comments, please click the link below.

2021 Draft Hunting and Fishing Plan

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.

Plan Your Visit
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.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS