• Colonial National Historical Park


    National Historical Park Virginia


Two people fishing in the James River.

Fishing on the James River

Chuck Rafkind

The park is part of a larger rich regional aquatic environment. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fishery surveys concluded that park aquatic areas serve as important nursery grounds for several important commercial and recreational fish namely - striped bass, Atlantic croaker, American eel, summer flounder, white perch and spot. Recreational fish observed include largemouth bass, channel catfish, yellow perch, sunfish, American shad, Atlantic menhaden, blue catfish, striped bass, bluegill, black crappie, mummichog, inland silverside, gizzard shad, weakfish, Atlantic croaker and southern flounder. This diverse mixture of fishes is typical of upper estuarine habitats due to the seasonal changes in salinity that occur. Water sampling indicates relatively good water quality for the maintenance of diverse fish communities. Park records list 87 species of fish found in its streams, ponds and rivers. Waters in and around the park support oyster beds, crabs, clams, crayfish, perch, bass, sunfish and bluegill.

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Image along the Colonial Parkway dramatizing the scenic, natural setting of the roadway

Comprised of various properties Colonial National Historical Park includes Cape Henry, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield, and the Colonial Parkway, a scenic highway connecting Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, also known as the Historic Triangle.