This large suburban park is aptly named because it’s centered on three lakes, each with its own personality.
The 6,500 sq. ft. nature center is a good starting point for any wildlife watcher. A 50,000 gallon in-ground aquarium showcases some of the aquatic residents found in the lakes. Interactive exhibits and displays teach visitors about the native plants and animals. From the observation platform on the lake edge, herons and other waders can be seen hunting the shallows for small fish and amphibians. This is also an excellent venue to study dragonflies, damselflies, and turtles.
An extensive trail system originates near the nature center and meanders through a variety of habitats including swamps, upland forests, open fields, meadows, and riparian woodlands. In wooded areas, listen for downy, red-bellied, and pileated woodpeckers, Carolina chickadees, pine warblers, tufted titmice, and barred owls any time of year. Red-eyed vireos, yellow-throated warblers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and great crested flycatchers are just some of summer residents. Migration brings many warblers like black-throated blue, prairie, and palm.
Three Lakes Park also has a successful prothonotary warbler nest box program. These darting flashes of vibrant yellow are habitat specialists, requiring forest swamps with stagnant or slow-moving water and nesting cavities, unlike every other species that breeds in Virginia.
Mowed fields, pavilions, playgrounds, and natural surface forest trails are in the northern half of Three Lakes Park. Eastern bluebirds, chipping sparrows, American robins, and northern mockingbirds favor the open grass while the woods are preferred by warblers, vireos, and tanagers.
Physical Address: 400 Sausiluta Drive, Henrico, VA 23227
From I-95 North in Richmond, take exit 82 for US-301 North/ VA-2 North. Turn left onto US-301 North/ VA-2 North/ Chamberlayne Rd. Continue 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Wilkinson Rd and drive 0.9 miles. Turn right onto Sausiluta Dr to enter the park.
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- Site Contact: 804-652-1471, ThreeLakes@henrico.us
- Access: Free, Daily
Birds Recently Seen at Three Lakes Park and Nature Center (as reported to eBird)
- Canada Goose
- Double-crested Cormorant
- Great Blue Heron
- Turkey Vulture
- Red-shouldered Hawk
- Belted Kingfisher
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Visitor/Nature Center
- Bike Trails
- Hiking Trails
- Interpretive Nature Program
- Observation Platform