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North Haven Beach


North Haven Beach faces the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal lagoon of Whites Creek. Behind it are extensive tidal marshes, woodlands, and fields. Just to the north of the parking lot, during low tide, mud and sand flats are exposed providing a resting and feeding area for gulls and terns (including least and sandwich), as well as many other species of shorebirds. Migration can produce excellent viewing opportunities for loons, thousands of which have been seen in a single day, as well as tundra swans, herons and other waterbirds. In winter, diving ducks can be seen just offshore, and snow bunting or purple sandpiper may appear on the beach. Bald eagles may be present any day of the year at this site.


  • Please be mindful of the property lines and ‘No Trespassing’ signs while exploring North Haven Beach; adjacent properties are privately owned.


Parking Area Coordinates: 37.435327, -76.253452

From Intersection of SR-14 and SR-198 in Mathews, follow SR-198 turn right on SR-643 (Haven Beach Rd). Follow signs to Haven Beach at the end of SR-643.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (804) 445-9117,
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at North Haven Beach (as reported to eBird)

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red-winged Blackbird

Seasonal Bird Observations


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