Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Description

This 400-acre site includes 20 one-acre fish rearing ponds (several ponds along Herring Creek) with water control structures and a 90-acre lake containing bottomland hardwoods. Trails wind along Herring Creek, through mixed hardwood woodlands, and past two seasonal ponds. The riparian woods attract numerous woodland songbirds, as well as, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies, and the occasional reptile. Harrison Lake is also accessible for fishing.

Note: To access Harrison Lake, a Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Directions

From Previous Site on the Plantation Loop of VBWT:

From Malvern Hill, Richmond NBP, return to SR 5 and turn left. Proceed 7.7 miles, turn left on Rt. 658/Kimages Road, and follow it for 0.4 miles. The hatchery is on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: (804) 829-2421, michael_odom@fws.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Daily Dawn to Dusk. Harrison Lake: Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Killdeer
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Osprey
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-headed Woodpecker

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp