When looking for a wide variety of traditional outdoor activities in central Virginia, look no further than the Amelia Wildlife Management Area. Named for the county in which it is located, Amelia's 2,217 acres offer hunting, fishing, and field trial events, plus shooting ranges and other year round opportunities for those who simply enjoy the out-of-doors.
Amelia Wildlife Management Area is primarily upland habitat with approximately 175 acres of bottomland hardwoods and beaver swamps along the Appomattox River. Formerly farmland, much of the area remains open and is actively managed to enhance wildlife habitat. Mature upland hardwoods and pine stands comprise the forestland on Amelia. The terrain is gently rolling and elevations range from 200 to 300 feet. The major portion of the area, including a lake and all facilities, is bounded on the north and east by the Appomattox River. A small tract, southeast of the main tract, also adjoins the river.
After a brief closure for facilities maintenance, the shooting ranges at Amelia Wildlife Management Area re-opened to the public on September 1, 2006 with some changes to the schedule of operation and rules. Three shooting ranges are available, including a rifle sighting-in range, a clay-bird shotgun range, and an elevated station for archery practice. Facilities are not available for handguns. The Amelia WMA ranges are normally open to the public from September 1 - March 31 on every day of the week except Monday. The ranges are closed every Monday for maintenance. The ranges may also occasionally be closed at other times as posted in advance on-site.
The Amelia sighting-in range has 6-stations from which the shooter fires through a concrete "tube" into the backstop at 100 yards. There are target points at 25, 50 and 100 yards. Shooters may sight-in centerfire or muzzleloading rifles, or they may pattern their shotgun at the sighting-in range. No pistols are allowed. No reservations are required. Visitors age 17 and older who do not possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration, will need to purchase an Access Permit.
The range is open for public use Tuesday through Sunday from September 1 - March 31, except for any specific range closures noted above. The range is closed from April until August.
|September||Closed on Monday
Tuesday-Saturday: 9 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 6:30 PM
|October - January||Closed on Monday
Tuesday-Saturday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 4:30 PM
|February - March||Closed on Monday
Tuesday-Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 5:30 PM
To enhance hunting opportunities, open land is being managed by prescribed burning, strip disking, planting beneficial wildlife species, and development of dense hedgerows. This type of habitat provides rabbit and quail hunting opportunities. Dove fields are planted annually. Good deer and turkey populations exist on the management area. Squirrel hunting opportunities are found in the numerous mature hardwood stands. The Appomattox River provides some opportunities for waterfowl hunting. Woodcock hunting along the river floodplain can be very good when these birds are passing through.
Field Trial Schedule
2012 Field Trial Events Scheduled for Amelia WMA
- October 12–16, 2012: Cockade Field Trial Club
- October 24–30, 2012: VA Capital Field Club
The 100-acre Amelia Lake and the 4.5 acre Saunders Pond offer fishermen the opportunity to catch largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The largemouth bass density is very high, giving anglers ample opportunity to catch numerous fish. The bluegill and sunfish fishery is very good on Amelia Lake. Trees left standing during lake construction have rotted and fallen, providing cover for fish. In addition, fish attractors have been constructed and positioned near the handicapped-accessible fishing pier. Fishermen who turn their attention to the Appomattox River will find largemouth bass, catfish, and redbreast sunfish. During late winter or spring, river anglers are likely to land striped bass and walleye.
Amelia is frequently the site for outings by scouts, school groups, nature study classes, and families. These, as well as individual visitors, find Amelia an excellent place for wildlife viewing, nature photography and hiking.
Three shooting ranges are available: a 6-station rifle range, a clay-bird shotgun range, and an archery range. Range rules and hours are posted on the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries webpage www.dgif.virginia.gov and on kiosks located at the ranges. Facilities are not available for handguns. Numerous parking lots exist to access the area, and a concrete boat ramp is available for launching small boats.
Located between U. S. Routes 60 and 360, the Amelia Wildlife Management Area is about 25 miles southwest of Richmond and 10 miles north of Amelia Courthouse. From U. S. 60 at Flat Rock, turn south on route 622: right onto route 610; and right onto route 604 to Mason's Corner. From U. S. Route 360, turn north on Route 604.