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Lake Prince

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF 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.


NOTE: This site is viewable only by boat. A boat permit from the City of Norfolk is required to launch a boat, canoe, or kayak from this site. Please obtain the permit before your visit. They are not available for sale on site.

This 810-acre lake is a popular fishing destination. Much of this lake, with its fingerlike coves projecting inland, is inaccessible to the public by land. These secluded coves can be productive for the boating wildlife viewer in search of wintering waterfowl. Like other lakes in the area, Lake Prince is completely surrounded by forest. During summer, visitors can expect to see flycatchers, woodpeckers, summer tanager, blue grosbeak, and other forest songbirds. During winter, there is an influx of sparrows that may be seen foraging along the weedy margins of the woods.


Physical Location: 3717 Lake Prince Drive , SuffolkVA 23434

From US-58 in Suffolk, take the US-460 exit towards Petersburg. Turn right onto US-460 West/ Pruden Blvd. Travel 2.0 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 604/ Lake Prince Dr. and follow it 1.5 miles to the boat ramp on the left.

From the Previous Site on the Suffolk Loop of the VBWT:

From Western Branch Reservoir parking lot, turn left on Girl Scout Dr./ Rt. 633. Stay on this road as it becomes  Milner’s Rd/ Rt. 605. Turn left onto Rt. 604/ Lake Prince Dr. and follow to the boat ramp, which will be on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 757-441-5679, david_rosenthal@norfolk.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Fee, Daily, Sunrise to Sunset

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Parking
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  • Site Viewable Only By Boat