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Northwest River Park

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 for any COVID-19 policies or closures. This information is typically posted on a site's own website. Remember to maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


Wildlife watching opportunities abound at this 763-acre park, but the Deer Island Trail is of particular interest to birders. Forests interspersed with wetlands offer a variety of woodlands and swamp associated birds, including prothonotary warblers. The park’s aquatic habitats, such as riverside wetlands, swampy ponds, and open lake edges along Northwest River Park Lake, attract an array of reptiles and amphibians for the curious visitor to discover.


Address: 1733 Indian Creek Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

From Norfolk, take I-464 S. At its end, stay left and take Rt. 168 south. Take exit 8B, Hillcrest Pkwy East (last exit before toll). Turn right onto Battlefield Blvd and then left on Indian Creek Rd. Park is approx. 4 miles on right.

From the Previous Site on the South Chesapeake Loop of VBWT:

Depart North Landing River Natural Area Preserve, turning left (south) onto Blackwater Road; travel 3.6 miles and turn right on Indian Creek Road. Proceed 4.1 miles to the entrance on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 757-421-7151, ContactPRT@cityofchesapeake.net
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Northwest River Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Carolina Wren

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Lookout Tower
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals
  • Boat Ramp