Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area

Important Notices

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Description

This 1400-acre wildlife management area is an excellent place to view waterfowl in the wintertime. Large numbers of ducks and geese congregate in the wetlands along the Roanoke River and Allen Creek. Bufflehead, American coot, ruddy duck, and several other species are usually found in open areas. Make sure to look along the shoreline and in wetland areas to catch a glimpse of more secretive shorebirds such as Virginia rail and common snipe. In February and March, over more open, moist fields, you may be surprised by the intricate courtship displays of the male woodcock, peenting away and flying in complex patterns to impress his mate. A number of bald eagles commonly spend winter months in the vicinity, so visitors may have an opportunity to observe these majestic birds.

During the warmer months, beaver are quite active in and around the wetland areas. Look for the telltale conical cut trees to see where they have done their latest construction. Spring and early summer may be time to see a young bear wandering to find his own territory. The rivers through central Virginia often create travel corridors for many large mammals to cross the Commonwealth. With the many wetlands in this area, there is ample opportunity to see several species of dragon- and damselflies guarding their territories.

Notes:

  • To Access the Site: A Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th, except on Sundays. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.

Directions

Physical Address: 6282 Buggs Island Road, Boydton, Va. 23917

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Hunter Sainaito, Wildlife Area Manager; 434-525-7522; birdingtrail@dwr.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Daily. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Wood Duck
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Observation Platform
  • Historical Site