Amelia Wildlife Management Area

Important Notices

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Important Notices For This Site

Notice
Amelia Lake Fishing Pier ClosedThe fishing pier at Amelia Lake in the Amelia WMA is closed due to storm damage. We hope to replace the pier at a later date. Bank fishing opportunities are still available at that location.

Description

The Amelia Wildlife Management Area is primarily upland, while there is some low-ground along the Appomattox River. Formerly farm land, much of the area remains open and is actively managed to enhance wildlife habitat. Mature upland hardwood groves and pine stands, and bottomland hardwoods make up the forested land on Amelia. The terrain is gently rolling and elevation ranges 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.

Wild turkey and northern bobwhite are common here. Keep a keen eye to the sky as red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks are just as likely as black and turkey vultures overhead. In addition, tanagers, blue grosbeaks, and a diversity of sparrow and woodpecker species are also found in this area. Near the water features, watch for a variety of damsel- and dragonflies and check the open grassy areas and scrubby edges for many species of butterflies.

Notes:

  • To Access the Site: A Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th, except on Sundays. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.

Directions

Physical Address: 15841 Kennon’s Lane, Amelia Court House, VA 23002

From the US 360 Bypass at Amelia Court House, follow Rt. 609/Grub Hill Church Road north for 6.2 miles to Rt. 616/Genito Road. Turn right on Rt. 616 and follow it east for 2.5 miles to Rt. 652/Kennons Lane. This road dead-ends at the Wildlife Management Area.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries - Region 2 Office: 434-525-7522, BirdingTrail@dgif.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Daily. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Amelia Wildlife Management Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Gray Catbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Fee
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking