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Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 3.93'
Flow: 2000 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 12:42am
Low Tide: 7:42pm

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Field day a chance to explore Presquile

September 24, 2013 6:40am

evj342C236EDA00B1060The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold its fall “Field Day” at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  This event (in addition to one in the spring) offers the public a chance to get to and from the 1,329-acre island refuge without the typical permit requirements. During any other time of the year, visitors are to sign-up for a refuge sponsored tour or request an access permit and provide their own transportation.

The ‘Field Day’ event provides transportation and access to 3 ½ miles of wildlife observation trail, boardwalks, an interior creek water trail and select facilities. Visitors can meet FWS employees, view interpretive materials and displays within the Menenak Discovery Center, and learn about the energy-efficient components of the James River Ecology School facilities.  Guided and self-guided tours will be available throughout the day. Family-friendly programs and activities will be offered, including canoeing and basic archery. James River Association educators will offer programs for kids and highlight environmental education programming opportunities with the Ecology School.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with pontoon boat transportation to and from the island every half hour until approximately 4 p.m. Participants should gather at 4700 Bermuda Hundred Road in Chester. Parking is free. Pre-registration is not required. In preparation for your adventure, dress appropriately for the weather and bring drinking water.  Contact Cyrus Brame at 804-829-9020 for more information.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?