Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park
Charles City, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

This small riverside park provides the only north side public access to the James for approximately 36 river miles between Henrico and James City County. A wooded area surrounded by acres of farm fields, the park provides a tranquil setting in which to fish, picnic or appreciate nature. A 200 foot fishing/birding pier provides a panoramic view of the James River. Bald eagles winter in trees overlooking the river and great blue herons and wood ducks nest in park wetlands created by active beaver. The site is an historic river landing once the site of tobacco warehouses and in 1864 the point from which the Union Army crossed the James before the siege of Petersburg.

Location / Directions:

Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park is located 1.2 miles from the intersection of Route 5, John Tyler Memorial Hwy. and Route 618, Willcox Wharf Road. Indian Fields Tavern is located at the intersection and provides the most visible landmark. If approaching from the east turn left (south) on Willcox Wharf Road. If approaching from the west turn right (south) on Willcox Wharf Road. Please note that the park has an upper entrance and a lower entrance.

Physical Address: Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park
12400 / 12580 Willcox Wharf Road
Charles City, VA 23030
Mailing Address: Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park
P. O. Box 128
Charles City, VA 23030
Visitor Phone: (804) 652-1601
Business Phone: (804) 652-4701

The park offers quiet spots for bird watching from viewing platforms, for fishing from the pier or along the shore line, and for picnicking in the open or under a shelter. A wetlands board walk offers a unique way to view wetland plant and wildlife.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hiking Picnicking

Operating Hours: Open daily during daylight hours.
Fees: No fees.
Visitor Facilities:

The park has separate entrances to its upper and lower levels. A comfort station, covered and uncovered picnicking area with grills, and a viewing platform accessible via an asphalt path are located at the upper level. A second comfort station, wetlands board walk, second viewing station and fishing pier are located at the lower level.


The upper level of the viewing station at the first park entrance is accessible via an asphalt path. Both comfort stations are handicapped accessible. The fishing pier and swamp board walk are both handicapped accessible.


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