In the diverse Virginia coastal zone, only one percent of the shoreline is publicly owned. Providing residents and visitors with sufficient public access to natural resources is therefore challenging. It is important not only to offer access points through publicly owned land, but also to give the public meaningful coastal experiences incorporating Virginia’s maritime heritage and natural wonder.

This website was created by Virginia Sea Grant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Services and the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MP-PAA) in order to provide the public with information concerning public access to the tidal waters of Virginia.

Part of the service of the MP-PAA is to answer and research public access problems in the Middle Peninsula. Do you have an access problem or question? If so, join us on Facebook and let us know what's on your mind.