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  • Monthly Event Calendar, July, Elizabeth City, NC, Pasquotank River


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. This wonderful community continues its calendar of exciting events! The canal is currently closed, but scheduled to be re-opened to navigation by summer’s end.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELIZABETH CITY’S  CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN JULY

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  • Monthly Update, Elizabeth City, NC, Pasquotank River


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. This wonderful community continues its calendar of exciting events! Hopefully, the currently closed canal is scheduled to re-opened to navigation by the end of summer.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELIZABETH CITY’S MONTHLY UPDATE

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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  • June 2017 Events Calendar for Elizabeth City, NC, Pasquotank River


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route. This wonderful community continues its calendar of exciting events! Hopefully, the currently closed canal but is scheduled to be re-opened to navigation by summer’s end.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELIZABETH CITY’S  CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN JUNE

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

  • June at Dismal Swamp State Park, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp State Park is getting back into full swing as they recover from massive flooding and closure due to Hurricane Matthew. The canal is scheduled to re-open to navigation by summer’s end and the State Park is continuing programs as weather permits.

    Good afternoon! Here are the programs coming up for June at the park. We’re very excited to be offering an after-hours Summer Solstice Sunset Paddle this year! All of our events this month do require pre-registration, but as always, they are free! READ MORE!

    **Also, our 5th annual Dismal Day has been set for Saturday, October 28!!** I know fall is a long ways off, but we are already looking forward to it.

    National Trails Day Hike, Sat, 06/03/2017 – 11:00am
    Visitor Center
    Take a guided hike with the ranger in honor of National Trails Day! We’ll take the open-air Dismal Swamp Express wagon out to the end of Canal Road and then follow the S Martha Washington Trail on foot. You’ll be able to see the park’s two largest water control structures. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for this special event!

    Summer Paddle, Sat, 06/10/2017 – 1:00pm
    Boat Launch
    Join the ranger for a leisurely paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need—boat, paddle, PFD, and basic instruction—will be provided. Paddlers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Trip is limited to 8 boats, so YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.

    Pack Walk, Sat, 06/17/2017 – 11:00am
    Bridge
    This will be a hike that goes to the dogs! Enjoy a leisurely hike with other dog lovers. Meet on the west (park side) of the bridge.
    *One dog ONLY per handler.
    *No retractable/flexi-leads.
    YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.

    Summer Solstice Sunset Paddle, Wed, 06/21/2017 – 8:00pm
    Boat Launch
    This event will be a special after-hours paddle trip to celebrate the longest day of the year! We’ll watch the sun set over the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need—boat, paddle, PFD, and basic instruction—will be provided. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.

    Summer Paddle, Sat, 06/24/2017 – 10:00am
    Boat Launch
    Join the ranger for a leisurely paddle along the historic Dismal Swamp Canal. Everything you need—boat, paddle, PFD, and basic instruction—will be provided. Paddlers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Trip is limited to 8 boats, so YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.

    See you in the park!

    ~Katie
    Katie Sanford, State Park Ranger
    Dismal Swamp State Park
    NC DNCR, Division of Parks and Recreation
    2294 Hwy 17 North
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Office: 252-771-6593
    www.ncparks.gov
    katie.sanford@ncparks.gov

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal Slated to Re-Open by End of Summer, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp Canal has been closed to navigation due to massive flooding and shoaling due to Hurricane Matthew. Despite the canal’s closure, the State Park has continued public programs as weather has permitted. The re-opening of the canal is good news for cruisers wanting to experience the beauty and solitude of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for forwarding this notice.

    Subject: Corps announces timeline to reopen Dismal Swamp Canal

    NORFOLK, Va. — Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced a goal of opening the Dismal Swamp Canal to its full 6-foot depth late this summer. READ MORE!

    The canal, which was closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October, has ongoing debris and tree removal, and investigations of shoaling at many locations in the canal. Shoaling in the canal has reduced the depth to as little as 1 foot in areas.

    Norfolk District engineers are using recent surveys of the canal to plot the 22 miles of the canal and the 3 miles of the Feeder Ditch to Lake Drummond. The data will be used to check for additional shoals and other obstructions.

    Crews are currently dredging the canal at the Feeder Ditch using information from the canal survey. They will then perform additional dredging at Turners Cut, south of the South Mills Lock.

    The Norfolk District is also working with the Wilmington District to remove a small shoal in the Deep Creek Channel. District engineers project the canal work at the Feeder Ditch work to take the longest; work there will be complete by late-June.

    After canal repairs are completed, District engineers will evaluate whether to open the canal at a restricted depth until the 6-foot depth is achieved.

    At Lake Drummond Reservation and the Feeder Ditch, crews have repaired damaged buildings. Additional work at Lake Drummond Reservation included repairs on the floating docks, roadway washout and the boat tram, which will be scheduled this winter.

    Work on the Deep Creek Locks gates, which was scheduled before the storm, is progressing. Work on replacing the water control valves and deteriorated steel is ongoing and will be completed within the next week. Final work and painting will then be done and the gates will be placed back into the lock in June.

    Kerry L. Solan
    Public Affairs
    Norfolk District, USACE
    Desk 757-201-7258

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!  

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City, NC Pasquotank River


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    What a fine tribute to the men and women who serve in the US Coast Guard out of Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Long noted as the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, Elizabeth City is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

    Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City
    READ MORE!

    Feature Release
    March 24, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712

    Seaman Nina Bowen and Chief Bert, the Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, mascot, pose for a portrait in front of the station Feb. 14, 2017. Bowen is one of Bert’s primary caretakers at the station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Hernandez, a boatswain’s mate and coxswain at Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina, rides aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small near the station, Feb. 14, 2016. Calvin and other boat crew members at the station routinely work with aviators from Air Station Elizabeth City. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Perhaps the best kept boat station secret in the Mid-Atlantic region lies nestled within the largest Coast Guard facility in the country, at Base Elizabeth City in Eastern North Carolina.

    A view of Building 53 at Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 10, 2017 – the location of Station Elizabeth City. Building 53 is shared by crew members from both the boat and air stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Station Elizabeth City is easy to pass without realizing it’s there, located in an unassuming off-white building that looks like part of the neighboring air station complex. The boathouse on the nearby Pasquotank River is almost a hundred yards away. A view of Building 53 at Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, March 10, 2017 – the location of Station Elizabeth City. Building 53 is shared by crew members from both the boat and air stations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    The crew at the boat station is accustomed to the surrounding flurry of aviation activity — the base is also home to Air Station Elizabeth City and the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), where all enlisted Coast Guard aviation personnel are trained in their chosen professions. Consequently, the vast majority of people coming and going from the base each day are connected to Coast Guard aviation in some way.

    “Being stationed here is fun,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Calvin Hernandez, a boatswain’s mate and coxswain at the station. “Throughout the Coast Guard, boat and helicopter crews must work together to complete missions. A lot of the time though, crews talk to one another over the radio during training or on a case, but never actually meet in person. Here, we see aviation people every day.”

    Hernandez acknowledged there’s an age-old rivalry between air and boat crews, but explained how he thinks it makes the service stronger.

    “Our boat crews have about a 30 minute head start when we’re notified of a case since helicopter crews typically take about that long to launch,” he said. “We always strive to safely arrive on scene before the helicopter. We’re on the same team with the goal of saving lives, but working to get there first helps us all keep focused on the mission.”

    Hernandez admitted there are times when it’s frustrating to respond on the water.

    “Sometimes for search and rescue cases, we have to trailer our boats by vehicle an hour or more away, launch from a remote location, then spend 45 minutes traveling on the water before arriving on scene,” he said. “A helicopter crew taking off from here can be to the same place in 15 minutes once they launch. Sometimes after a case, we’ll get back to the station after long hours on the water and find that the aircrew we were working with bought us a meal and beat us back to the station with it. It’s always nice to come back to find food waiting and to feel appreciated.”

    Of course, anytime they want to be appreciated, crew members at Station Elizabeth City can always turn to their station dog, Chief Bert, for his unconditional affection.“

    The crew adopted Bert, a German Shepherd and former explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. He’s arguably the most popular guy on base.

    “Bert makes me feel like I’m home when I’m here,” said Bowen. “I look forward to coming here and seeing him. I think he brings a light-heartedness to the station and even the entire base that people are drawn to.”

    Bowen said that after Bert, what she likes most about Station Elizabeth City is the opportunity to see all the Coast Guard jobs conducted around her.

    “I’m lucky here,” she said. “In addition to the variety of jobs I get to explore at my station, I’m also exposed to the aviation jobs being performed right outside our door. We provide a lot of support for helicopter training flights for the air station and the training center. It’s neat I get to be around all that stuff and be a part of it.”

    “The boat station crew allows us here at the rescue swimmer training school to offer our graduating aviation survival technicians a pre-graduation flight where they complete a free fall into the Pasquotank River,” said Chief Petty Officer Claude Morrissey, an instructor at ATTC. The boat crew provides a platform to pick up our swimmers from the water, and is there to respond in case any emergency should arise.”

    Even while they assist with helicopter training missions, Station Elizabeth City crews are responsible for responding to emergencies in an area of responsibility that spans 1,700 square miles, includes 10 rivers and three sounds as well as the Intracoastal Waterway and Dismal Swamp Canal.

    “We operate inshore and in areas that are very difficult to navigate due to shallow waters and multiple hazards to navigation,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Talys, executive petty officer at Station Elizabeth City. “Unlike most Coast Guard Stations which normally have a search and rescue season in the summer months, we have a transit season, which equates to periods of heavy vessel traffic moving up and down the
    Intracoastal Waterway in the months preceding summer and winter. Our job is to ensure these boaters are safe and in compliance with federal laws and regulations.”

    “Since we have such a large area of responsibility and none of it is open ocean, we operate in a wide range of environments,” said Hernandez. “There are swampy areas, areas where people like to wakeboard and areas popular for fishing. I think all the different nooks and crannies we have to be familiar with is what keeps it interesting here.”

    Hernandez said they do their best to cross train in each other’s jobs at the station. “Lots of people here can do almost any job required at the station,” he said. “We have seamen and machinery technicians that want to become coxswains, and we have boatswain’s mates who work with our engineers if they need help with a project.”

    When they aren’t actively working, Coast Guardsmen on the base engage in sports, often competing with teams from different units. The station crew says they enjoy heated ultimate frisbee showdowns with the rescue swimmer shop, and basketball games against the MH-60 Jayhawk team from the air station. That recreational competition keeps the healthy rivalry alive and thriving in a service of the same status.

    A student at the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, plunges from an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter into the Pasquotank River, Feb. 14, 2017. Four aviation survival technician (AST) A school students at ATTC graduated and became ASTs Feb. 17, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

    “This station is very unique to the Coast Guard,” said Talys. “Being co-located with Air Station Elizabeth City gives us direct insight into all the hard work and training the flight crews conduct every day.”

    Seaman Nina Bowen shows some love to Chief Bert, Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina’s mascot, near the boathouse at the station Feb. 17, 2017. Chief Bert is a retired explosive detection dog who worked for six years with the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Gavelston, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

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  • Update for the Dismal Swamp Canal, 1/19/2017, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Dismal Swamp State Park is getting back into full swing as they recover from massive flooding and closure due to Hurricane Matthew. The canal is still closed to navigation, but the State Park is continuing programs as weather permits. Our thanks to Donna Stewart for these updates and photos.

    Photos and Update for the Dismal Swamp Canal Read More

    The ACOE continues to debris the Canal. These photos were taken today, about one mile from the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center (Right across from the Camden Eco-Park). They are getting closer to us! Another Corps District will assist in February with a complete survey of the entire Canal, moving forward a year ahead of the normal five year schedule. A survey at the mouth of the Feeder Ditch was done before the end of the year and determined severe shoaling at this location. The Deep Creek Lock River Gate removal and renovation project was budgeted and began about a week ago, and I hope to have pictures soon. The Corps is continuing to pursue funding to assist with their efforts to reopen the Canal.
    Camden/Pasquotank Emergency Management Coordinator, Christy Saunders has also coordinated a Flood Meeting at the end of the month with stake holders, to discuss this historic storm and its damages, regarding our local communities.
    We hope to give you more positive news in the future. There is action.
    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone – 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com
    Bird, Bike, Hike…..take in the sights!

    ACOE Barge and Crane working one mile from Welcome Center 1/19/17

    Barge at Work 1/19/17

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal Closed to Navigation Indefinitely


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route
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    This is sad news for cruisers hoping to navigate this historic and beautiful canal next year. It is also bad news for the community of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Elizabeth City, whose citizens have always gone the extra mile to make transient canal cruisers welcome. Affected, too, will be Dismal Swamp State Park Welcome Center whose staff has welcomed boaters from around the world as they transited the canal. Our thanks to Donna Stewart, Director of the Welcome Center, for keeping us all updated on conditions in the canal during this post-Matthew time. PLEASE NOTE that the Dismal Swamp State Park, also a SSECN SPONSOR, is still open to the public and easily accessible by car. See http://cruisersnet.net/161350.


    NORFOLK, Va. — Officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have announced that the Dismal Swamp Canal will be closed indefinitely.
    The canal, which was closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October, requires dredging, debris and tree removal, and an investigation into reports of shoaling at various locations in the canal.
    Read More

    The Norfolk District derrick boat Elizabeth has been working since October to clear debris from the waterway. The canal must be clear for engineers to perform a survey and assess the shoaling.

    The storm also damaged Lake Drummond Reservation facilities, which are also closed and need repairs.

    District officials have requested federal funds to assist with storm-related work.

    Previously scheduled work to refurbish the Deep Creek Lock river gates will begin in the first week of January and will last approximately 75 days. The gate work is regularly scheduled maintenance and occurs about every 15 years. During gate refurbishment, the crew of the Elizabeth will continue to remove debris from the canal.

    Vessels transiting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure may use the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal. The controlling depth of the canal is 12 feet. The lock and bridge have operating staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The North Landing Bridge on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal opens every hour and half-hour, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. On-demand openings are provided for commercial traffic as needed, and for private vessels after 7 p.m. North Landing Bridge operators can be reached at 757-482-3081, and will monitor marine radio channel 13.

    The Dismal Swamp Canal was completed in 1805 and is the oldest continually operating, hand-dug waterway in the United States. It is part of the Intracoastal Waterway connecting the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia with the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina.

    Kerry L. Solan
    Public Affairs
    Norfolk District, USACE
    Desk 757-201-7258
    kerry.l.solan@usace.army.mil
    http://www.nao.usace.army.mil/

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Holiday Home Tour, December 16-17, Elizabeth City, NC, AICW Alternate Route


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    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route, and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, continues its calendar of exciting events! And we hope that soon, the flood waters from Matthew will have receded and the canal will be re-opened.

    Experience Southern Hospitality On The Holiday Home Tour

    Happy Holidays! Embrace the holiday spirit by touring beautifully-decorated area homes.

    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com/blog

    Our mailing address is:
    Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    400 S. Water St., Suite 101
    Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal Update, AICW Alternate Route


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    During Hurricane Matthew, the Dismal Swamp Canal and Locks sustained significant damage in the form of shoaling, fallen trees and other submerged debris leaving the Canal closed to navigation. While the Canal is still closed, the Dismal Swamp State Park is managing to maintain a schedule of public activities, see http://cruisersnet.net/161350. Our thanks to William Spaur for this photo of shoaling in the Canal.

    One of many deposits left by the floods.
    William Spaur

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • The Latest on Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route, 11/14/2016


    Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

    Our thanks to Donna Stewart, Director at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for this report and photos.The canal may be closed to navigation, but the State Park is continuing to offer programs as weather permits. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.

    Update: 11/14
    The Canal remains closed to navigation. Read More

    The Lake Drummond Reservation also remains closed. I am told plans to perform a formal survey of the water depths, locate and define shoaling is on tap for this week. There are currently barricades located at the Ballahack Boat Ramp to prevent entrance to the Canal by small boat.
    We miss all of our boaters. This boat was the last one to leave us and the water line is defined in the colors of how high the water rose. The photo was taken on Oct. 22nd.
    Donna
    dismal1114

    11/08
    The Dismal Swamp Canal continues to be closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew. Numerous trees went down from high winds and 25” of rainfall from Sept. 21-TS Julia through Oct. 8th, Hurricane Matthew. The ACOE continues to remove trees and assess the shoaling near the mouth of the Feeder Ditch. I had heard a count of #60 trees down initially, but the total is probably much higher now. This process is still ongoing, with no known date of completion.
    We have been told the ACOE has requested Federal Funds to assist with the operations to restore the Canal for operations. Flooding occurred in many communities, affecting homes, churches, cars, etc. in the village of South Mills and Deep Creek, as well as many neighboring communities in our region and state. It is my personal hope, the ACOE and local community agencies can work with FEMA and any other resources, to assure flooding like this does not occur again in the future. We would welcome substantial review of the Canal, Lake Drummond, Flood Plain Management, etc. to benefit all involved. If dredging accomplished two benefits, improved water storage and better navigation, we would all be winners.
    We will keep you posted of any new updates. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com
    Bird, Bike, Hike….take in the sights!

    Shoaling at the Feeder Ditch

    Shoaling at the Feeder Ditch

    Tree Down at Feeder Ditch

    Tree Down at Feeder Ditch

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  • Update on Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route, 10/28/2016


    As of 10/28 the Canal and its Locks are closed until further notice with no opening date predicted. The canal’s closure is especially sad this time of year when the colors along the canal are their most beautiful. Our thanks to Donna Stewart and Sarah Hill, Directors at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for these reports and videos.

    Read more!
    The latest update from the ACOE is the Elizabeth and crew are hard at work and sometimes finding multiple trees under an initial one. Sarah Hill, our Assistant Director found this ACOE video today on Twitter and we share it with you. We are also aware of shoaling at the mouth of the Feeder Ditch, which had begun from the release of water from the Lake Drummond Reservation during TS Julia. This accumulation has worsened since Matthew and is being evaluated to determine the best course of action toward resolution.

    https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ypJdAnDwyyxW

    We are fielding numerous calls each day and are so sad we are not greeting our boaters, face to face, and to date still have no idea if we will open before the end of the fall migration. The Deep Creek lock is scheduled to have their River Gate pulled and refurbished in January. This process is done about every 15 years and is scheduled maintenance. The South Mills River Gate got a facelift in the winter of 2012 (see attached photo).

    South Mills Lock work

    South Mills Lock work

    We will update you as we have more information.

    Donna

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike….take in the sights!

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Dismal Swamp Canal Re-Opening Today, 9/30, AICW Alternate Route


    Dismal Swamp Canal AICW Alternate Route and the State Park have been closed since 9/23 due to high water. Our thanks to Donna Stewart, Director of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for this update. Please note the caution re debris in the canal.

    The ACOE has relayed they will resume normal lock operations at 11am today. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience during this closure due to high waters. The Elizabeth is heading north as we speak, she just went past my window! We look forward to seeing all of our boaters again for a busy fall boating season. Read More and View Photo

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    Some reminders: the ACOE has patrolled to make sure we are clear for passage. The Canal is a no wake zone. Do not follow other boats closely, debris may be stirred up from the bottom. The Canal has a controlling depth of 6 foot. If you do encounter any problems, please note your coordinates as well as the mile marker to help US Facilities in addressing any issues, and report this to our Lock Masters or share with us to forward. Your input helps.

    We are excited to see boats at our dock again!

    Donna
    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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  • Discover Maritime and Outdoor History in Elizabeth City, NC, Dismal Swamp Route


    Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route, and the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway, continues its calendar of exciting events!

     

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    Welcome outdoor enthusiasts! Learn about Elizabeth City’s maritime history and outdoor adventures. 

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE!

    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com    www.DiscoverElizabethCity.com/blog

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  • Douglas Road Landing, Dismal Swamp Canal, Alternate Route Statute Mile 18.5


    Douglas Road Landing is on the east side of the Canal, south of Deep Creek Lock. Its new dock and facilities would make a convenient emergency stopover in a storm or other temporary situation. Our thanks to Bill Spaur for this notice and photo.

    The drinking fountain and restrooms at Douglas Road Landing, Dismal Swamp Canal, are open. The Landing is between Army Corps of Engineers Statute mile markers 18 and 19.
    Bill Spaur

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  • Reports from Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    These thoughtful and informative reports on the Dismal Swamp Canal, home of Dismal Swamp State Park – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR – come from our good friends at AGLCA. The Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28 and is adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park where there are so many fun summer programs!

    We just did the DS northbound on July 27-28. It was hot, but it’s hot everywhere. The tall trees offer some shade. We passed only one boat. No competition for dock space at the visitor center. They have free ice and air conditioning. Free docks at Elizabeth City. Brown water. Some bumps.
    Keith and D’Anne Weitzman
    “Our Backyard”
    Carver 3607 MY
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    We passed through the Dismal Swamp in the other direction in early July this year. I suggest a cooler day if possible. Be ready with bug spray or a screened in helm. Take it slow. There are small logs and branches that you can sometimes see and sometimes not see that you will bump. The ones you don’t see I think are neutrally buoyant and just below the surface. Going slow will allow them to be pushed to the side without damage. They suggest 5 mph but were were a little faster especially on the north end.
    We did not stop in the swamp because of the flies but we stopped in Elizabeth City at the free slips to see the town and then at Lambs overnight to make the 11:00 lock time. After the swamp, we stayed in Norfolk at Waterside and then Portsmouth. See July 2016 entry in cmosboating.blogspot.com. There are pictures of the scenery which we found very pretty particularly in the morning at the south end before the first lock (and flies).
    Clark on Sea Moss

    We went through the Dismal Swamp in late June and were mostly alone until the north lock when two other boats caught up with us. Water levels were high and the scenery was lovely. There was some construction going on at the visitor center but the facilities were open and uncrowded.
    Ben and Nancy Duggar
    September, Camano 31

    I just went through the Dismal Swamp about six weeks ago and it was fine. If you leave Elizabeth City in time to catch the 0830 or 1100 openings at South Mills and run 5 to 6 knots, you will be at Deep Creek bridge in plenty of time for the 1330 or 1530 openings and then you can make Norfolk, Portsmouth or Hampton before dark. If you are wanting to go latter, you can stay at the lock wall at South Mills, the NC Welcome station, or the wall right before the bridge at Deep Creek bridge. Deep Creek is not a great stop, lots of traffic noise, but a very short walk to Food Lion for provisions and a Burger King(I think). There is also a good anchorage after the Deep Creek lock on the right just before you reach the Elizabeth River.
    Ken Horton

    North Carolina offers several alternative routes if you have time. The “main highway” is the ICW Route, but the barrier islands and the Albemarle offer delightful alternatives.
    I have an article on North Carolina on my website, here: https://gilwellbear.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/north-carolina/.
    Under the North Carolina tab, there are several related articles on the various alternatives. Here is a link to one that discusses the Virginia Cut and the Dismal Swamp alternative: https://gilwellbear.wordpress.com/category/cruising-practica/us-east-coast/north-carolina/albemarle-to-norfolk/.
    Hope they are useful.
    Jim
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

    We went thru the Dismal Swamp Thursday and Friday July 28th and 29th in a 39 krogen with a 4’6″ draft. The depth was a constant 7 ft. We bumped a few logs in the water. You need to keep a constant lookout. We stayed one night at the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. Great trip.
    Mack McGahee

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  • Wanting to Crew on a Sailing Vessel North to Elizabeth City, NC


    If you need crew to handle a sailing vessel and can use Erica on the short trip from the Cape Fear River to Elizabeth City on the Dismal Swamp Route, let us hear from you! Elizabeth City is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    I am near Wilmington looking to crew on a sailing vessel heading north towards Elizabeth City. I will be working on a sailboat here until then. Please email me if interested! Manneaej@gmail.com
    Erica

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  • “Free Dockage” Blog by James H Newsome


    James Newsome is a regular contributor to SSECN and other publications, both online and print. He has been compiling his list of free dockage along the Waterway for several years and it is a list worth perusing! Naturally, author Newsome mentions Elizabeth City, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and one of the best known free docks on the Waterway.

    I don’t know if you remember me mentioning the “FREE DOCKAGE” list project back during the summer, but I’ve continued to work on this and believe I have everything listed from 0 MM at least down through Jacksonville, FL and 738 MM. I have a few more listings below Jax, but I have a lot more work to do in this area.

    I’ve started a Facebook page FREE DOCKAGE where I offer the complete list. I’ve had a very good reception from folks who find the list useful and I’m currently at 643 likes. This format is working well for now because it is a no cost option for me to get this information out to a lot of folks who realize, like me, that none of the other cruising guides offer a short concise list for FREE DOCKS.

    Elizabeth City, NC is a great example of a town that really tries to promote themselves as cruiser friendly with free dock offerings. They understand that most cruisers who come to their town are essentially tourists who happen to arrive by boats instead of cars, and these cruisers always spend money when they stop. Therefore, “Free Docks” is a win-win for boaters as well as communities.

    James H. Newsome
    Contributing Writer – Southwinds Magazine
    s/v CaiLeigh Anna – Coastal Cruising With Hugh & Suze
    98 Buena Vista Avenue
    Warrenton, GA 30828

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  • Row Boat in Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route


    Traveling south, the Dismal Swamp Canal route exits the Waterway westward immediately south of the I-64 fixed bridge at statute mile 7.1. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28. Our thanks to Director Stewart for sharing this experience.

    We had the pleasure of meeting Victor Mooney, a gentleman who has attempted for the past 10 years to travel across the ocean in a mission to raise Aids awareness. He is a gentle spirit who has had some serious challenges, including running out of food, underestimating the rations needed to cross the ocean while expending so many calories, sharks and pirates……and is making the final journey to meet his family in New York.

    Row Boat. Victor Mooney.1 2015

    He came to the Swamp yesterday and stayed with us overnight. He deeply respects the waterways and those who travel. He even did not fault the pirates or the shark who put a hole in his boat……he stated they were “hungry”. He believes God has guided his path through all of this journey, even when he had to be rescued and stopped for periods of time.

    Row Boat 2015 State Park 2

    I would like to ask the boating community to keep an eye out for Victor. Show him hospitality and slow down and calm the wake if you pass by. His vessels name is “Spirit of Malabo” named after the capital of Equatorial Guinea. To read more about him, follow these links.

    www.goreechallenge.com
    http://www.dailyadvance.com/news/man-crossing-atlantic-rowboat-stops-ec-2963889
    goreechallenge@gmail.com

    Donna Stewart, Director
    Dismal Swamp Welcome Center
    2356 US Hwy 17N
    South Mills, NC 27976
    Phone ~ 252-771-8333
    www.DismalSwampWelcomeCenter.com

    Bird, Bike, Hike….take in the sights!

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