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General Information

Description - Presquile National Wildlife Refuge provides prime wetland habitat for wintering Canada geese, wood ducks, black ducks and mallards. Although Presquile is small in size, average flocks of 3,000 Canada geese and 1,000 ducks use the refuge each year. Small concentrations of wintering snow geese use the refuge farmland on an infrequent basis.

Wood ducks frequently nest along the banks of the two refuge creeks and in the interior of the island. The old growth timber found in this area provides excellent wood duck nesting habitat. Bald eagles, the only threatened species found on the refuge, roost in small numbers in trees along the farm field and the river.

White-tail deer are easily observed feeding in the refuge farm fields just before sunset. The careful observer may occasionally see some of the more secretive mammals such as the fox, muskrat, beaver, opossum and eastern grey squirrel.

Recreation - This area is close to the metropolitan area of Petersburg, Virginia. Petersburg is steeped in history offering Petersburg National Battlefield. There is a very interested historic district in Petersburg, south of the James River. North of the James River, the visitor can tour wonderful antebellum plantations along historic Rt. 5.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is located south of Richmond and north of Petersburg along the James River. The easiest way to reach the Refuge is via historic Rt. 5 heading south out of Richmond.


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Filed By: Kristi (Chesterfield, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Access is by pre-arrangement only. contact Cyrus Brame (804) 829-9020 for spring or fall pontoon tour of the island. Wonderful place to see Bald Eagles, Prothonotary Warblers, and much more. Occasionally, local organizations, (Chesterfield Parks & Recreation, Richmond Audubon, James River Association) sponsor field trips to or around the island. With a little planning, this trip is possible and well worth the effort and wait.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: My family tried to visit the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. We had current maps and drove around the area for several hours. We even asked for help at one of the plantations. It seems there is no public access to this place. We were very frustrated and disappointed. Don't bother unless you have inside info on how to get there. Perhaps by boat only?


More Information

Contact Information:
Presquile NWR, P.O. Box 189 , Prince George, VA, 23875, Phone: 804-733-8042
, r5rw_pr/jrnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.
Virginia National Wildlife Refuges - The Wildlife Refuges in Virginia cover areas of upland forests, wetland forests, marshlands, rivers, coastal estuaries and more. Visitors will find quality hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and more.

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