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Riverside Preserve is the county's first river access to the Rappahannock offering a wide range of recreational opportunities across 196 acres, including:

  • Fishing
  • Canoe and kayak drop off access
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking trails

Fishing Licenses

State license required for all persons age 16 or older who are fishing. Licenses can be purchased online at https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses/

Permit Fees

A permit is required for entrance into park Monday-Friday.  Click here for permit. 

Permit fees include:

  • 6 month permit: $50; April 1 – September 30
  • 12 month permit: $75; January 1st-December 31st

Park Rules
Rules are needed to preserve the park and the experiences of park patrons. Rules are posted at various locations throughout the park and must be observed. Alcoholic beverages, open fires, and hunting are strictly prohibited. A full listing of Park Rules and Ordinances is listed here.

Special Event/Vendor/Equipment Permits

Special Event Permit required for any activity that has 75 or more people, cost $15. Permit request must be made at least 20 days in advance. For activities that bring any business to the park like a caterer, D.J., hired entertainment or amusements, a Vendor Permit is required - cost $20. An Equipment Permit is required when bringing large equipment like: generators, large grills, sound equipment, inflatable bounce houses, tables over 6-feet long, etc. - No cost.

Volunteers/Donations
Riverside Preserve has many rewarding opportunities for you to give towards the goal of making the park the best it can be. Volunteers and Donations are gladly accepted for general or specific areas of the park. Volunteer Information

Rappahannock River
It is now illegal for any person fishing tidal rivers to have river herring in their possession – this includes blueback herring and alewife. All river herring inadvertently caught by anglers must be immediately released back into the water.