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Melrose Landing


Melrose Landing offers boating access to the Mattaponi River, its associated brackish marshland, and the Mattaponi Water Trail. The site access is limited to launching and taking out of watercraft and is not open to shore viewing. Gulls of various species glean prey from the surface of the water and gather in small flocks around fish schools. The river also attracts a variety of waterfowl species and is home to aquatic mammals such as muskrat and otters.


From the Waterfence Landing, return to SR 14/The Trail and turn left (west). Travel 4.9 miles to Melrose Landing/Rt. 602 in Truhart. Go left (west) on Rt. 602 and continue 1.2 miles to road’s end. Site viewable only by boat

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia DWR Region 1 Office: 804-829-6580, Contact Us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Melrose Landing (as reported to eBird)

  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Fish Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Site Viewable Only By Boat