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King and Queen Fish Cultural Station

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDWR encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


Depending on the season, there may be raceways full of fish being raised for stocking in Virginia’s waters to view, in addition to the hatchery’s numerous ponds that attract winter waterfowl. Low water levels during migrations make this an excellent site to view migrating shorebirds. Creeks running alongside the hatchery provide good songbird habitat as well as habitat for butterflies and dragonflies.


From Melrose Landing return to SR 14/The Trail, turn left/west. Travel on SR 14 for 10.6 miles. Turn right on Rt. 685/Fish Hatchery Rd. Proceed 0.5 miles; the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ King and Queen Fish Cultural Station will be on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (804) 769-3185 chris.dahlem@dgif.virginia.gov
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  • Access: Daily. Hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or access permit required.

Seasonal Bird Observations


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