Captain Sinclair's Recreational Area: Family Outdoor Gathering Area - Full day reservation

Cost per Day



A portion of the 96.81 acre Captain Sinclair property has been set aside as a Family Outdoor Gathering Area. This area is now available to reserve for picnics, birthday parties, and small gatherings on a 1/2 day and full day basis. Permitted uses in this area include outdoor grilling, roasting of marshmallows in a fire pit, and yard games. Uses not permitted in this area include alcohol, loud music, and excessive partying. Users must return the site to pre use conditions. The pool house may be used as a rain shelter and the pool is closed. *Visitors to Captain Sinclairs, tides over 3.2ft may make the VDOT road impassable*

Open burning is permitted for campfires or other fires that are used solely for recreational purposes, for ceremonial occasions, for outdoor noncommercial preparation of food, and for warming.  Such burning shall be conducted in a small pile, inside of the existing fire pit area. The term "small pile" shall be governed by common sense and shall generally mean the smallest sized pile which reasonably will allow the material to be disposed of effectively. In no event shall any such pile or the total of such piles be smaller than 75 square feet in area, nor shall any individual pile be more than ten (4) feet in height.  Any fire larger will require approval by PAA staff and may require a permit from Gloucester County.  It is the responsibility of users to obtain necessary permits.


The open burning shall be attended constantly until the fire is completely extinguished and water, sand, dirt, or fire extinguishers shall be available at the burn site and in quantities sufficient to completely extinguish the fire.  Water is available from the pool house connection, but garden hose is the responsibility of users to provide.


While the Family Outdoor Gathering Area has a max capacity of 25, users may contact the PAA at 804-758-2311 to request permission for a larger group which may include a higher fee. 


It is $100 per reservation (including 25 people).

Minimum Day per Reservation: 1
Maximum Day per Reservation: 1

  • Bird Watching (Stations, Blinds, Trails)
  • Boat Launch- car top/kayak
  • Facility rental/ open space rental
  • Free Parking
  • Self Parking


Gloucester County, Virginia




From Saluda in Middlesex County (49 minutes):

  • Take US Rt 17 S into Gloucester County (21.8 m)
  • Take a LEFT onto Rt 614, Feather Bed Ln (6 m)
  • Take a LEFT into The Corduroy (.4)
  • Continue onto Rt 614, The Bay Cottage Ln (404 ft)
  • Continue onto The Corduroy (434 ft)
  • Slight LEFT onto Lands End Rd (.5 m)
  • 1st RIGHT onto Whittaker Drive (.2 m)
  • Turn LEFT onto the driveway and follow for about .1 miles to the Main House Area


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As a visitor of lands managed by the MP-PAA, the following rules are designed to protect the land the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor experiences for all visitors. State Conservation Officers are empowered to enforce state regulations that some of these rules are taken from.

Please remember to be careful! Each MP-PAA tract has its own set of rules.


Management Plans and MP-PAA Policy

  • The MP-PAA develops a variety of management plans for use and conservation purposes. Management Plans are available for viewing at The MP-PA Board of Directors may and at any time amend plans or develop new policy. It is the responsibility of the MP-PAA user to make an honest attempt to understand the rule and management practices of the MP-PAA.


Day Use and Camping

  • As a general rule, MP-PAA lands are open from dawn to dusk for public use. Some MP-PAA AA lands are managed as limited access. MP-PAA lands are used by a variety of user groups and as such the reasonability of co-using lands rests with the pubic using the site. Please be courteous of other MP-PAA users. During hunting seasons, some MP-PAA lands are open for public hunting.
  • As a general rule, camping is not permitted on lands managed by the MP-PAA; however there are special exceptions. Please contact MP-PAA land manager to discuss.
  • If special permission is granted for camping, camp only in those places specifically marked or provided. 
  • At least one person must occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up, unless permission has otherwise been granted by the MP-PAA land manager.
  • Do not leave camping equipment unattended on MP-PAA lands for more than 24 hours without permission from the MP-PAA land manager. The MP-PAA is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property.
  • Use picnic sites, swimming beaches, and other day use areas only between the hours of sun up and sun down.
  • Recreation sites can be used only for recreation purposes.
  • Remove all personal property and trash when leaving.


Good Neighbor Relations

  • Property lines are not always marked and forest property owners – federal, state and private – are often intermingled. Each visitor is responsible for knowing where they are and are complying with the landowner’s rules and restrictions.


Ethics and Responsibility

  • The future of recreation, privileges on MP-PAA lands depend on how users behave in the field, and how they present themselves to others. Consider how your actions reflect on yourself and the outdoor recreation community in general.



  • Visitors may not be provided year round access. Users understand that access and use may be restricted or closed at various times and places by the MP-PAA; In order to minimize conflict between recreation users, seasonal restrictions may be placed on certain uses in certain areas. Public use is allowed during daylight hours only. No nighttime activities are allowed without specific authorization.


Operation of Vehicles

  • As a general rule, motorized vehicles are not permitted on land managed by the MP-PAA. The intention is to keep MP-PAA lands natural. Please park in designated parking areas.
  • If motorized vehicles are allowed, please utilize designed roads.
  • ATVs are not permitted on MP-PAA lands.
  • When operating any king of vehicle, do not damage the land and vegetation, or disturb wildlife. If possible, avoid unpaved roads or trails when they are wet or muddy.
  • Non-motorized off road bikes are permissible.
  • Do not block, restrict or interfere with the use of roads, trails or gates.


Roads and Gates

  • Under certain terms and conditions, motor vehicles use of roads will be restricted to those roads open to public use. Visitors must comply with all posted signs and all gates and roads must be kept clear at all times and passable for MP-PAA staff. Do not park in front of gates or in roads.
  • Some roads may be closed during specific times of the year for the safety of visitors.
  • Violations of road closures can be cause for termination of access privileges.  


Hunting Rules

  • No person shall hunt or enter designated management areas without registering with the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority.
  • Hunters must possess a valid Virginia Hunting License.
  • Hunters must hunt in selected zone.
  • Hunters must comply with all Virginia and Federal game codes.
  • No private permanent tree stands are permitted. It is illegal to use devices that pierce or puncture the bark of trees.
  • Hunters must park their vehicle.
  • Vegetation should not be cut, broken or removed for any reason.
  • Private portable stands must be removed when the hunter leaves the area for the day.
  • Boundaries of designated hunting areas are provided for general information only. It is the hunter's responsibility to recognize and respect boundaries.
  • No ATV's are allowed within the hunting areas


 MP-PAA Youth Hunting Policy (Enacted December 14, 2012)

  1. Hunters must follow all VDGIF and Local regulations
  2. Hunters must follow all PAA rules and regulations
  3. Adult is defined as age 16 or older
  4. Youth is defined as age 0-15 (fee exempt)
  5. To hunt on lands owned by the PAA                                                                                                                                              a.  The adult must be registered and be in good standing with the PAA                                                                                           b.  The youth does not have to register and must hunt with a registered adult                                                                                   c.  The youth must stay with the adult at all times
  6. No youth may hunt PAA lands without a “registered/in good standing” adult


 VDGIF Regulations and Youth Hunting Days 

(Below are the 2012 VDGIF Regulations.  Hunters are responsible for researching and following current regulations.)

 a.   Mandatory Hunter Education Requirement

Hunter Education courses provide instruction in hunter safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. The courses are usually ten hours in length and cover many topics preparing new hunters to enjoy their experience in the outdoors. Courses are offered free of charge throughout the Commonwealth. A list of courses is available online, or you may contact one of the Department's regional offices.

For information about obtaining a replacement certificate, see the "Replacement Cards" section of the Hunter Education pageNote: Older records may not be available. A replacement card cannot be issued if there is no record of a completed class.

Virginia accepts and recognizes all states' and countries' hunting licenses and hunter education credentials for the purpose of complying with mandatory hunter education requirements. These may be in the form of an identification card or certificate.

You must complete an approved hunter education course and carry your certificate while hunting if either of the following apply:

·   You are 12–15 years of age. (You must complete hunter education but you do not have to carry your certificate if accompanied and properly supervised by a licensed adult.)

·   You are at least 16 years of age and you are hunting with your first hunting license.

·   Although it is recommended for all hunters, you are not required to complete hunter education if:     

- You only hunt foxes with hounds while on horseback, but without firearms.

- You are exempt from the requirement to purchase a license.


·   You are hunting with an apprentice license. In that case you must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18 who has, on his person, a valid Virginia hunting license. "Accompanied and directly supervised" means the adult maintains close visual and verbal contact with, provides adequate direction to, and can immediately assume control of the firearm from the apprentice hunter. The apprentice hunting license cannot be used as proof of holding a previous hunting license, for the purposes of purchasing a hunting license without proof of hunter education.

·   You are under the age of 12. However, you may not hunt unless accompanied and directly supervised by a licensed adult.

·   Any person 16 years of age or older may certify that he or she has held a previously issued hunting license by signing the front of the license.

b.    Youth Deer Hunting Day

Deer hunters 15 years of age and under, when in compliance with all applicable laws and license requirements, may hunt deer when accompanied and directly supervised by an adult who has a valid Virginia hunting license on his person or is exempt from purchasing a hunting license.

Deer of either sex may be taken.

Antlerless deer taken on the youth deer hunting day are in addition to an antlerless deer taken under the special youth antlerless deer regulation and on either-sex deer hunting days. For example, if a youth deer hunter kills an antlerless deer on the youth deer hunting day, he or she may still take an antlerless deer under the special youth antlerless deer regulation and take antlerless deer on designated either-sex deer hunting days.

Adult hunters accompanying youth deer hunters may not carry or discharge firearms.

Blaze orange requirements and exceptions for firearms deer season are in effect (see General Hunting Regulations).

Deer hunting with dogs is prohibited, except that tracking dogs are allowed (see Hunting with Dogs).

c.   Youth Fall Turkey Hunt Day

Hunting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.

Youth hunters (resident or nonresident) must be 15 years of age or younger to participate.

Youth hunters between the age of 12 and 15 must have appropriate valid hunting licenses. Resident hunters under the age of 12 are not required to have a license, but they must be accompanied by a licensed adult.

All youth must be accompanied and directly supervised and within sight of an adult. Adult hunters accompanying youth must possess a valid Virginia hunting license (or be exempt from purchasing a hunting license); may assist with calling; and shall not carry or discharge a firearm.

d.   Youth Waterfowl Hunting

Youth 15 years and younger may harvest the allowed daily bag limit of ducks (as specified above), coots, mergansers, gallinules, moorhens, 2 Canada geese (except in Canada Goose Zones where the bag limit is higher, see page 14) and 1 tundra swan (if the youth possesses a tundra swan permit) on the designated youth waterfowl hunting days. Youth 12 years of age and older will need a valid Virginia state hunting license. All participating youth must be HIP registered and accompanied by a licensed adult at least 18 years of age or older. The accompanying adult may only hunt for those species for which there is an open season on these dates.

 e.   Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Day

One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Bag limit is one per day, bearded birds only.

Youth hunters (resident or nonresident) must be 15 years of age or younger to participate.

Resident hunters under the age of 12 are not required to have a license, but they must be accompanied by a licensed adult. Non-resident youth must have license regardless of age.


All youth must be accompanied and directly supervised and within sight of an adult. Adult hunters accompanying youth must possess a valid Virginia hunting license (or be exempt from purchasing a hunting license); may assist with calling; and shall not carry or discharge a firearm.


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