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The Rappahannock River is one of the most important waterways in Tidewater Virginia.

Rising at Chester Gap in Rappahannock County, the Rappahannock River flows approximately 184 miles before emptying to the lower Chesapeake Bay.

The tidal Rappahannock River separates the Northern Neck from the Middle Peninsula. Along its banks are the communities of Port Royal, Leedstown,Tappahannock, Irvington, White Stone, Urbanna, Deltaville, and others.

The Rappahannock supports a number of commercial fisheries and is also an important river for recreational fishermen, boaters, and other users.

Public access areas include Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge, Belle Island State Park, and Vorhees Nature Preserve.


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