My put-in point was a boat ramp on Waller Mill Reservoir in Waller Mill Park, which is owned by the city of Williamsburg, and the facilities are much nicer than what I usually encounter when I kayak. There is an entrance fee and a launch fee of $2 each, which is paid at the boat house, where additional kayaks, jon boats and paddle boats can be rented. Since this is a drinking water reservoir, only electric motors are allowed, making it unnecessary to keep my usual lookout for power boats and crazed jet skiers. The park also includes hiking and biking trails and one of the best dog parks I have ever seen. The boat ramp is concrete and there is a low dock right next to it and parking is very close. The reservoir is divided into two halves by a causeway, but there is a tunnel to connect the upper (northerly) and lower (southerly) sections. I headed to the upper section because it looked a little wilder to me and I wanted to find its source. Along the way I saw several herons, kingfishers, and got to watch a pair of bald eagles drive away some sort of hawk, while two juvenile eagles looked on. I also found several outcroppings of fossilized shells, that included the state fossil of Virginia, Chesapecten jeffersonius, a scallop that lived during the Pliocene age when all of Tidewater Virginia was covered by seawater. As I paddled it, the trip was about a 4 miles.
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I took many photographs on this trip, and if you would like to see the complete set you can do so here on my Flickr page.