Pleasure House Point Natural Area

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sand and sea grassLocated just west of the Lesner Bridge and south of the Chesapeake Bay, Pleasure House Point Natural Area is 118 acres of water, tidal marsh, sandy shores and maritime forest. This high-profile property was once being considered for a large waterfront development, but with the help of The Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the surrounding community, the City has preserved one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Lynnhaven River for generations to come.

 Recreation & Water Trails


Non-motorized watercraft are permitted in the waterways of Pleasure House Point. Kayaks/canoes can be launched from the beach or from the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility​; please do not launch from raised berms​. Motorized boats are not permitted in any of the canals on the property, but are allowed in the larger surrounding creeks.

​Pleasure House Point Natural Area is part of several water trails, including:


Fishing from land and water is permitted with a Virginia Saltwater Fishing License. Please do not walk through maritime forest or beach grasses to access fishing areas. Virginia Marine Resources Commission regulations apply​​. 


Enjoy the designated trails, but please do not walk through maritime forest or beach grasses. Bikes and motorized vehicles are not permitted. Dogs must remain on a leash. ​

 Plants & Wildlife

​​​​The tidal wetlands of the property provide habitat for the iconic Chesapeake Bay blue crab, diamond back terrapin, and the Lynnhaven oyster, and act as nurseries for mollusks, crabs, and fish. They also provide food and habitat to many bird, reptile and amphibian species. Please respect the wildlife during your visit; take care not to disturb nests or eggs and do not approach or feed the wildlife


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is compiling plant and wildlife information​ for Pleasure House Point. 

The Chesapeake Bay Program's Bay Field Guide​ profiles many of the plants and animals that live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Virginia Beach Audubon Society has an actively updated Pleasure House Point bird list.