Ware House Boat Landing

Important Notices

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Ware House Boat Landing provides boat access to the Ware River not far from its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay. During warm weather and holiday weekends, when boat traffic is brisk and noisy, give this place a pass. However, during more tranquil periods, quiet paddling can produce close looks at herons, egrets, and migratory shorebirds.

Note: Boaters launching and retrieving boats have priority use of the parking area, launches, and piers.


Location Coordinates: 37.403423, -76.490071

From I-64 in Newport News, take Exit #250/SR 105/Ft. Eustis Blvd East. Follow Ft. Eustis Boulevard to US 17. Turn left on US 17 North and follow it for 14 miles to Gloucester. Take US 17 Business through Gloucester. Just before the intersection with SR 14, make a right on Rt. 621/Ware House Road. Drive 1.8 miles to Ware House Boat Landing where you can launch your boat. Site viewable only by boat.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Region 1 Office (804) 829-6580
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Ware House Boat Landing (as reported to eBird)

  • Bufflehead
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp