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Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary

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 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.


This is a popular spot for observing wintering waterfowl. During summer, osprey, green heron, red-winged blackbird, and mallard are common. In addition, summer vegetation along the lakeshore is alive with dragonflies and damselflies.


GPS Coordinates:  38.865392,  -77.041411

From Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

From Monticello Park in Alexandria, travel north (left) on Russell Road 0.2 miles and turn left onto West Glebe Road. Go 0.8 miles and turn left onto South Glebe Road/SR 120 North. Proceed 0.1 miles and turn right on I-395 North. Travel to the George Washington Memorial Parkway and follow if south for approximately 0.5 miles to the exit for Roaches Run. The parking lot is on the right side.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: National Park Service: 703-289-2500
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Canada Goose
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Fish Crow
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Blue Heron

Seasonal Bird Observations


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