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Deep Bottom Park

Description

Deep Bottom Park may be small but it has two boat launches which provide access to the James River, a canoe/kayak launch at the mouth of Four Mile Creek, and unobstructed views up and down the river from the fishing pier or shoreline. Abundant bass, catfish, and other fish species in the tidal James River bring in bald eagles, ospreys, great egrets, laughing gulls, and even some Caspian terns. The habitat specialist prothonotary warblers breed here, too. Four Mile Creek is usually navigable in Deep Bottom’s wetlands and for a mile or more upstream, especially when the tide is coming in, so there are plenty of nooks and crannies to check for green and great blue herons, wood ducks, and belted kingfishers. 

Notes: 

  • The James River and surrounding tributaries here are tidal and also subject to flooding. Check the tide predictions on the NOAA website and the water levels on the National Weather Service website before heading out. 
  • The only public access point along this section of Four Mile Creek is at Deep Bottom Park. Putting-in or taking-out at anywhere else is prohibited. 

Directions

Physical Address: 9525 Deep Bottom Rd, Henrico, VA 23231

From I-295, take the VA-5 E exit toward Charles City, turn right onto Kingsland Road, turn left onto Deep Bottom Road, and follow it to the parking area by the river.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 804-652-1470, tho56@co.henrico.va.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily (Sunrise to Sunset)

Birds Recently Seen at Deep Bottom Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Fish Crow
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Wren

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp