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Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge
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PLUM TREE ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
PLUM TREE ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Satellite of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Virginia Beach, Virginia   23456
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Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge is situated on the southwestern corner of the Chesapeake Bay in the City of Poquoson and is strategically located almost midpoint on the Atlantic Flyway. It consists of 3,450 acres of saltmarsh, shrub-scrub and wooded habitats that provide a haven for waterfowl, marsh-birds, and shorebirds. Refuge wetlands include an estimated 1,000 acres of low-lying, tidal salt marsh that flood twice daily. During monthly high tides and storms, an additional 1,500 acres may also flood. Due to its isolation, this area was historically used for stock grazing, hunting, and fishing. It was acquired by the Federal Government for an Aviation Experimental Station in 1917. Air Force records indicate that the area was used as a gunnery and bombing practice range until the latter part of the 1950's. On May 22, 1972, the area was transferred to the Department of the Interior. Attempts to clear the military munitions from the property have only been partially successful; because the nature of the wetlands make it impractical to clear subsurface ordinances. NASA has also used the area as a free flight zone for testing model aircraft until recently. Because of the unexploded ordinance hazard, Plum Tree Island Refuge is closed to the public. It remains an emergency jettison zone for the Air Force.
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Location
Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge is located near Hampton, Hayes and Newport News


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Area Campgrounds
Gloucester Point Family Campground
3149 Campground Road
Hayes, VA
New Point Campground
846 Sand Bank Road
New Point, VA
804-725-5120
Newport News Park Campground
13564 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA
Area Fishing Related Businesses
T & M Bait & Tackle
936 Coach Trl
Newport News, VA
(757) 877-4009
Performance Lures
Newport News, VA
(757) 877-8831
Bay Charter Svc
210 Monticello Ct
Newport News, VA
(757) 591-9009
Bay Charter Service
Newport News, VA
(757) 591-9009
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
1972 Power Plant Pkwy
Hampton, VA
(757) 262-5200
Hampton Roads Charters
756 Settlers Landing Rd
Hampton, VA
(757) 868-3474
Hampton River Bait & Tackle
800 S Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA
(757) 728-1600
Captain Hogg's Chartes
800 S Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA
(757) 876-1590
Vanasse Bait & Tackle
28 Dandy Point Rd
Hampton, VA
(757) 851-9732
I Cooper's Marine Supplies
100 S King St
Hampton, VA
(757) 722-4011
Wallace Bait & Tackle
356 Dandy Point Rd
Hampton, VA
(757) 851-5451
Grafton Fishing Supply
6429 George Washington Mem Hwy
Yorktown, VA
(757) 890-2100
Bishop Fishing Supply
1215 George Washington Mem # U
Yorktown, VA
(757) 591-9300
Area Cabins and Lodges
Williamsburg Plantation Resort
709 Middle Ground Blvd
Newport News, VA
(757) 223-0754
Great Eastern Resorts
7621 George Washington Mem Hwy
Yorktown, VA
(757) 874-6422
Radisson Hotel Hampton
700 Settlers Landing Rd
Hampton, VA
(757) 727-9700
Nearby Hotels
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Directions
The island is closed to the public and has no motor vehicle access. <P>

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