Public Access Authority

The Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority was created by the Virginia General Assembly on April 7, 2002 and ratified by participating localities on June 13, 2003. The Public Access Authority ( MP-PAA)  recognizes that shorelines are high priority natural areas and that it is critical to set aside access sites for all types of recreational activities important to our economy and to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a regional leader in addressing public access issues, the MP-PAA understands the importance of public outreach and quality education as it relates to water access and strives to better inform the public on issues of public access.

Who are the members? The Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex, and the Towns of Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point.

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The Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority (MP-PAA) now has a public water access and recreational land online reservation system for reserving hunting tracts, nature trails, public shoreline fishing, waterfowl hunting, crabbing, boat slips, and many other public outdoor recreational opportunities on on the Middle Peninsula.