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Much of the 53-acre Western Branch Reservoir is currently inaccessible to outdoor enthusiasts except by boat.
Land birds can be readily seen along the lake edges, and the reservoir is visited by a variety of puddle ducks, including wood ducks, during winter.
A Boat Permit from the City of Norfolk is required to launch a boat from this site. Please obtain ahead of your visit as these are not available for sale onsite.
Physical Address: 4601 Girl Scout Dr, Suffolk, VA 23434
The Western Branch Reservoir can be accessed via a boat ramp off SR 633 (Girl Scout Dr) north of the Lake Prince Pumping Station.
From I-264 in Virginia Beach/Norfolk, continue west and over the Berkley Bridge in Downtown Norfolk. Follow signs for I-264 W/Downtown Tunnel/Portsmouth. In 7.1 miles, take exit 1 for I-664 toward US 13/US 58/US 460/Bowers Hill/Suffolk/Richmond and continue on I-664 N for 0.7 miles. Take exit 13A/B to merge onto US 13 S/US 58 W toward US 460 W/Suffolk. In 11.3 miles, take the US 460 exit toward Peterburg. Turn right onto US 460 W/Pruden Blvd. In 2.0 miles, turn right (north) onto Lake Prince Dr/SR 604 and continue for 0.8 miles. Turn right (northeast) onto Girl Scout Dr/SR 633 and continue for 1.5 miles until the entrance appears to the right just before a bend in the road.
From I-95 in Richmond/Petersburg, continue south. Take exit 47 for SR 629/Rives Rd and turn left (east). In 1.9 miles, turn right to stay on SR 629 E. Then, turn right onto US 460 E and continue for 47.5 miles. Turn left (north) onto Lake Prince Dr/SR 604 and continue for 0.8 miles. Turn right (northeast) onto Girl Scout Dr/SR 633 and continue for 1.5 miles until the entrance appears to the right just before a bend in the road.
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- Site Contact: (757) 441-5678, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Access: Fee for a Boat Permit, Daily
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Kayak/Canoe Launch
- Site Viewable Only By Boat
- Boat Ramp