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Ni River Recreation Area


The Ni River Recreation Area, formerly known as Ni River Park, is a 5-acre designated special use area located on the southeastern edge of the Ni River Reservoir. It has clear views of the southern end of the reservoir which make it an ideal place to scan for waterfowl. In addition to Canada geese, species to be on the look out for include double-crested cormorants, pied-billed grebes, American coots and a variety of ducks. The reservoir’s muddy banks host numerous killdeer, as well as great blue and green herons; other wading birds could drop in from time to time.

The woods around the boat landing are home to common resident species of woodland birds including northern cardinal and downy woodpeckers. The area could also attract warblers, vireos and other neotropical migrants in spring and fall. The large area of weedy fields east of the woods hosts numerous song sparrows, joined by Lincoln’s sparrow, which comes through in migration, along with yellow-breasted chat and common yellowthroat. Brown thrashers are an uncommon resident and much less bold than their northern mockingbird cousins.

This combination of habitats is great for butterflies. Search for showy species like eastern tiger swallowtails and viceroys as well as the subtle beauty of diminutive eastern tailed-blues and the uncommon harvester.


  • The recreation area is open seasonally. Please click here for the current year’s details.


Physical Address: 10516 Gordon Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

From Fredericksburg, head west on Plank Road/VA-3, turn left onto Gordon Road, and the recreation area will be on the right in 4.2 miles.

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Spotsylvania Parks & Recreation (540) 507-7529
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  • Access: Free, open seasonally. Please click here for the current year's details.

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals