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Three Lakes Park and Nature Center

Description

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.

Check the park website for the nature center's hours.

Check the park website for the nature center’s hours. The unique deck is built over the lake so it offers a panoramic view. Turtles are especially numerous here. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

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.

Many, but not all, of the trails are paved.

Many of the trails are paved so Three Lakes is ideal for accessible wildlife watching. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

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.

Trees and shrubs encircling the lakes are where to look for prothonotary warblers.

Trees and shrubs encircling the lakes are where to look for prothonotary warblers. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

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.

Directions

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.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 804-652-1471, ThreeLakes@henrico.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Three Lakes Park and Nature Center (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Bike Trails
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Observation Platform