Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CSF05: Lake Burnt Mills


Lake Burnt Mills, a water supply for the City of Norfolk, is a 711-acre reservoir bordered by both dense woodlands and manicured grassy edges. Several trails provide limited access to the lake's edge beyond the boat ramp. During winter, waterfowl can be glassed from an elevated berm, and spotted sandpiper, yellowlegs, and other shorebirds can be seen during migration. The swampy embankments of this reservoir are home to a variety of amphibians including southern toad, pickerel and green frogs, and green treefrog. During summer, dragonflies and damselflies are also abundant.


From Lone Star Lakes, return to SR 125 and turn right. Follow SR 125 to SR 10 and turn left. Follow this for 0.8 miles to Rt. 603. Veer off to the right onto Rt. 603 and follow it for 2.2 miles to Lake Burnt Mills. Viewable only by boat.

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