Northwest River Natural Area Preserve


Mesic upland forest, swamps, and marshes of the Northwest River Natural Area Preserve line the lower reaches of the Northwest River in Chesapeake, Virginia. This preserve is home to rare species, such as the silky camelia and canebrake rattlesnake of the upland forests, Dismal Swamp southeastern shrew, epiphytic sedge, and dukes skipper of the swamps, and sawgrass, winged seedbox, and little grass frog of the marshes.


This preserve has no public access facilities. Access by arrangement with Steward. The shoreline can be easily explored by boat and several public boat landings are within easy paddling range.

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

Contact Northwest River Natural Area Preserve

Darren Loomis, SE Regional Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (757) 925-2318


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Chesapeake City County, Virginia

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