Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Seasons: Winter
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Site CSF08: Lake Kilby, Lake Meade and Lake Cahoon


Lakes Kilby, Cahoon, and Meade are reservoirs in the City of Suffolk owned by the City of Portsmouth and serve as popular destinations for anglers in search of largemouth bass, crappie, chain pickerel, and redear sunfish. Lake Kilby, the 222-acre lake, is best known for its unusually dark-colored bluegill, locally known as black bream. Both 510-acre Lake Cahoon and 512-acre Lake Meade are accessible at the Cahoon- Meade Fishing Station. During summer, all three lakes offer riparian edges and weedy banks that are havens for sunbathing dragon- and damselflies. All three reservoirs provide mudflats that attract a variety of shorebirds, such as breeding green heron, migrating greater yellowlegs, and spotted sandpiper. The woodland edges and the surrounding forests support opportunities to view many migrating and nesting passerines. Wintering shorebirds and waterfowl can also be plentiful at the lakes.


From Lake Cahoon-Meade fishing station turn right onto Rt. 604. Follow Rt. 604 for 0.9 miles to US 58. Turn right on US 58 and follow it west for 1.5 miles to Rt. 688. Turn left on Rt. 688 south and follow it for 1.8 miles to Lake Kilby's parking lot on the right.

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