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Northwest River Natural Area Preserve
© DCR-DNH, Gary P. Fleming

Northwest River Natural Area Preserve


Mesic upland forest, swamps, and marshes of the Northwest River Natural Area Preserve line the lower reaches of the Northwest River in Chesapeake, Virginia. This preserve is home to rare species, such as the silky camelia and canebrake rattlesnake of the upland forests, Dismal Swamp southeastern shrew, epiphytic sedge, and dukes skipper (Euphyes dukesi) of the swamps, and sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense), winged seedbox, and little grass frog of the marshes.

This preserve has no public access facilities. The shoreline can be easily explored by boat and several public boat landings are within easy paddling range.

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

2774 acres
By Arrangement with Steward
Darren Loomis, SE Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
Suffolk, VA
(757) 925-2318.