Presquile National Wildlife Refuge

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This article is about the Virginia location. For other areas, see Presque Isle.
Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States
Nearest city Hopewell, Virginia
Coordinates 37°21′45″N 77°15′39″W / 37.36250°N 77.26083°W / 37.36250; -77.26083Coordinates: 37°21′45″N 77°15′39″W / 37.36250°N 77.26083°W / 37.36250; -77.26083
Area 1,329 acres (5.38 km2)
Established 1953
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in the U.S. state of Virginia is one of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge is a 1,329-acre (5.38 km2) island in the James River, located approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of Richmond. It is located in the easternmost part of Chesterfield County, northeast of Hopewell. Established to protect habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, Presquile is an important component in the network of refuges on and around the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Presquile historically provided important habitat for wintering Canada geese that breed along James Bay in eastern Canada. The refuge is also home to nesting and roosting bald eagles. The refuge is primarily hardwood swamp, with a fringe of marsh and 300 acres (1.2 km2) of upland fields.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.