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Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway

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  1. Boat Access/Launch
  2. Fishing
  3. Interpretive Signage
  4. Natural Area
  5. Picnic Areas
  6. Restrooms
  7. Water Trails
  8. Wildlife Viewing

About Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway

Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network and provides access to the James River at Jamestown Island, including scenic views of Historic Jamestown. The park consists of a small non-motorized boat/canoe/kayak launch with gravel parking for up to 20 vehicles, as well as 5 observation/fishing piers. Fishing and boat launch access is available 24 hours a day. Powhatan Creek is listed on the Natural Resources Inventory as the most biodiverse creek on the peninsula. Scenic views of tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight trips on this beautiful waterway.

A visit to the Powhatan Creek and Blueway offers an opportunity to connect with the rich history and environment of the surrounding area. The 23-mile tributary of the James River passes through an area between the York and James Rivers, which is considered one of the most environmentally and historically significant natural resources on the Virginia peninsula.


Before the first permanent English settlers established their homes along the James River more than 400 years ago, the watershed was part of the Powhatan Indian Confederacy. For hundreds of years American Indians used this creek as a resource for transportation and survival. As British settlement began, they too used this important waterway to meet their basic human needs.

The creek also passes through several important Colonial American landmarks including Jamestown Island, Greensprings Plantation and Mainland Farm – the oldest continually cultivated farm in America. In addition to the rich history this waterway shares, it also represents a modern day environmental find.


Approximately 4 of the creek’s 9 miles are tidal and offer highly rated saltwater fishing. The watershed contains floodplain wetlands and tidal wetlands that are home to 6 rare plant species as well as 2 federally protected birds, the Bald Eagle and the Great Blue Heron.

Water Testing

The James River Association conducts water quality testing at Powhatan Creek Park from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Test results and other helpful information can be viewed on their website.

Tents, Inflatables, Generators and Other

Tents, inflatables, generators, towable smoker/grill or fryers, or other large equipment are not permitted.

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Dog Rules

Powhatan Creek Park is a dog-friendly trail. Dogs must be under complete and immediate control of owners at all times and must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Owners are responsible for removing dog waste. Litter bags are available and guests should use only what they need while using the trail.