Tidewater Public Access Sites

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Several public access sites have been added along the James River, Elizabeth River, and other Tidewater rivers. New sites in and near Hampton Roads include kayak and canoe launch areas, boat ramps, bank fishing areas, and other resources.

New sites near Hampton Roads include:

Charles City

Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park (boat ramp and pier)


Perrin Wharf (boat ramp and commercial fishing)


Mill Creek at Fort Monroe (canoe and kayak launch)


Great Bridge Lock Park (canoe and kayak launch)

In 2013, Chesapeake Bay Program partners opened 36 new public access sites along rivers and streams in the Chesapeake bay watershed, bringing the total number of access sites in the region to 1,208.

Working alongside the National Park Service (NPS), the Bay Program’s Public Access Planning Action Team works to improve public access across the watershed.

In January of 2013, the team released a public access plan designed to help partners achieve their goal of opening 300 new public access sites by 2025.

source: Chesapeake Bay Program

Published: July 12, 2014 | Updated: February 1, 2018