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Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Tides

A changing landscape

 

—Dutch Gap Conservation Area - A Changing Story —

 
The Tides Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 29, 2015
1. The Tides Marker
Inscription. One of the most dramatic changes along the James River is the daily tide. The tides originating in the Atlantic Ocean influence the river all the way to the City of Richmond. Constant sources of freshwater from replenishing rainfalls and streams in the mountain and piedmont regions of Virgina make this section of the river freshwater tidal.

During low tides, mud flats and shorelines are more exposed. Birds such as the spotted sandpiper probe the exposed mud and shoreline for worms, crustaceans and fish. Raccoons and opossums scavenge along the shoreline at low tides looking for food. At high tide, smaller fish find refuge in the shallow waters along the shore.

Many fishermen time their fishing with the tide. During outgoing tides, smaller fish are forced into the deeper channels where larger, predatory fish are feeding. Recognizing this feeding time, fishermen cast their lures into the water with hopes of reeling in a trophy fish.

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(lower right) Though separated by nearly 80 nautical miles from the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area experiences a tidal change of 3 to 3½ feet. The photographs reveal the difference between low and high tide.
 
Erected by Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Chesapeake Bay Gateways
The Tides Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 29, 2015
2. The Tides Marker
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Location. 37° 22.6′ N, 77° 21.631′ W. Marker is in Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Henricus Park Road 1.3 miles east of Coxendale Road. Touch for map. Located in Henricus Historical Park 300 yards north of the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dutch Gap (here, next to this marker); The James River...Floating Through The Centuries (here, next to this marker); Mount Malady (here, next to this marker); USCTs At Dutch Gap (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutch Gap Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bermuda Hundred Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lightkeeper’s House (within shouting distance of this marker); Henricopolis (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation. (Submitted on August 30, 2015.) 

2. Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. National Park Service (Submitted on August 30, 2015.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
Dutch Gap on the James River image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 29, 2015
3. Dutch Gap on the James River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 199 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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