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Site PHP02: Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

Description

This is gently rolling upland, well drained by a number of small streams that make their way to Sallee Creek, which flows northward across the entire management area on its way to the James River. Due to the area's past use for farming, and some of the current wildlife management practices of burning and discing, much of the area is open fields. These openings, along with mature and newly emerging forests, assure a diversity of wildlife cover types. The area's acreage is contiguous, although divided by Route 60 and has one privately owned interior property. Water on the area includes four "farm" ponds. Powhatan is really like visiting two entirely different areas. The area south of US 60 is forests and fields with a large beaver impoundment at its center. Here you are as likely to see merlin, Acadian flycatcher, and wood duck as you are bald eagles. During migration, bobolinks have been seen in large flocks in the open fields. North of US 60 is the former Powhatan Lakes. These two lakes formerly hosted a wide variety of waterfowl, before the dams gave way in the summer of 2004. Witness how nature relaims these formerly flooded, lakebeds. In addition, at the far western end of the former lower lake, a medium-size heron rookery exists. With binoculars in hand in late winter and early spring, you can watch the daily comings and goings of great-blue heron parents fishing the lakes to feed their hungry young.

Directions

From the Amelia WMA return to Rt. 616/Genito Road and turn right (west). Follow Rt. 616 approximately 2.5 miles to Rt. 609/Royalton Road. Continue on Rt. 609 for 4.5 miles to SR 13 (Be aware that Rt. 609 becomes Giles Bridge Road in Powhatan County.) Turn left on SR 13 and continue west for 2.4 miles to Rt. 627/Ridge Road. Turn right on Rt. 627. The Wildlife Management Area can be accessed from several roads off to the right of Rt. 627 or entered at the main access from Rt. 662 4.2 miles north of SR 13. To Powhatan Lakes Area: Former Powhatan Lakes can be acccessed by traveling further north on Rt. 627 to US 60. Turn right on US 60 and follow it east for 1.8 miles to Rt. 684. Turn left on Rt. 684 and follow it north for 1.2 miles to Rt. 625. Rt. 625 deadends at the former Powhatan Lakes area.

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