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Home > Visit a Gateway > Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
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On the National Wildlife Refuge System, we promote only wildlife-dependent recreation and only when it is compatible with the purposes of the individual refuge and the mission of the Refuge System. There are six uses that we consider priority uses of the System: environmental education, fishing, hunting, interpetation, photography, and wildlife observation.

Opportunities for all six priority uses are available on the refuge. The Wilna Tract is open daily for freshwater fishing, wildlife observation, and photography. Our interpretive trail system is established around Wilna Pond and is growing, with new exhibits expected for the summer of 2006. School groups are invited for pre-scheduled field trips to explore pond life and investigate nearby habitats using refuge equipment and supplies. Hunting for white-tailed deer is available by permit during the state seasons on Wilna and several other tracts.

There are special regulations in place for fishing and hunting, and are available for review at the Refuge headquarters or on our website.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Hunting
Pet policy: Pets are allowed on leash and it's asked that all visitors stay on designated roads and trails, except by special permit.
Facilities:

Some facilities, such as our trail system, are still relatively modest as we are a young and growing refuge. We have two short trails to view Wilna Pond and the surrounding marsh habitats, and a one mile trail that is in the early stages of development.

Our only public use facilities are currently located at the Wilna Pond site, and include restroom, parking lot, and hand launching for non-motorized watercraft (electric motors allowed). We have a 108-foot fishing pier, which doubles as an environmental education sampling platform.

Size: 7,711 acres
Accessibility: The Wilna Pond trails, restroom, and fishing pier are fully accessible, and there are four designated accessible parking spots.

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