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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Virginia to the North Carolina state line cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date.

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    • Summer Storage Special, Atlantic Yacht Basin, VA AICW Statute Mile 12


      Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442

      Atlantic Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12 in Great Bridge, VA.

      Change of Summer Plans??? Check out Summer Storage Special!

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    • LNM: Great Bridge Lock Repair Closures, Mar 20-June 7, VA AICW Statute Mile 11.5


      Great Bridge Lock is located in Great Bridge, VA. Your alternate southbound ICW route during these 12hr closures will be the Dismal Swamp Canal which departs the Waterway at statute mile 7.2. Your northbound alternate would be northeast up the Pasquatank River to Elizabeth City and into the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Contact information for further details is listed below.


      SEC HR BNM 059-19

      VIRGINIA – ELIZABETH RIVER – GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS

      MARINERS ARE ADVISED THE GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES DUE TO ONGOING MAINTENANCE WORK. BEGINNING MARCH 20, 2019, THE GREAT BRIDGE LOCKS WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION FROM 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM. BETWEEN MARCH 25 THROUGH MARCH 28, 2019 DIVERS WILL BE INSTALLING NEW HARDWARE ON THE SOUTH AND WEST END REQUIRING CLOSURE FROM 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM ON ALL FOUR DAYS. THE FINAL CLOSURE WILL TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 10 AND 11, 2019 FROM 7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM BOTH DAYS. OCCASIONAL DELAYS TO NAVIGATION ARE EXPECTED FROM APRIL 15, 2019 UNTIL JUNE 7, 2019 IN SUPPORT OF CRANE OPERATIONS WITHIN THE LOCKS. THE HORIZONTAL CLEARANCE OF THE LOCK WILL BE LIMITED TO 70 FEET DURING THESE REPAIRS. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE A LARGE BERTH TO THE WORK AREA WHICH WILL BE MARKED WITH A YELLOW SAFETY BEAM ON THE LOCK WALL. FOLLOW-ON ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE WITH EXACT TIMES OF FINAL REMOVAL AND RELOCATION OF THE COFFERDAM IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE SOMETIME IN JUNE. THOSE PLANNING TO USE THIS ROUTE CAN CONTACT THE GREAT BRIDGE LOCK OPERATOR AT 757-547-3311 OR REFER TO THE LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS FOR ADDITONAL INFORMATION. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE AREA.

      VA – ATLANTIC COAST INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL – GREAT BRIDGE LOCK – VALVE REPLACEMENT
      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be performing valve replacement and diving at the Great Bridge Lock, located in Chesapeake, Virginia, starting on March 20, 2019 and concluding on approximately June 7, 2019.
      1) On March 20, 2019, the removal of the existing cofferdam on the northeast end of the lock wall will take place; the lock will be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
      2) Between March 25, 2019 and March 28, 2019, divers will be installing hardware on the south west end of the lock for the cofferdam installation. Lock will be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM during these 4 days.
      3) On April 10, 2019 and April 11, 2019, the installation of a cofferdam on the south west end of the lock wall will occur. The lock will be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM on both days.
      4) From April 15, 2019 to approximately June 7, 2019, a crew will be working on the removal and installation of the replacement valves 7 days per week. During this time period, there will be occasional delays to navigation to provide crane support in the lock.
      5) The removal of the cofferdam will take place in June, and the exact time and closure will be issued in a separated Notice. The horizontal clearance of the lock will be limited to 70 feet during these repairs. Vessels shall provide a large berth to the work area that will be marked with a yellow safety beam on the lock wall.
      Those planning to use this route can contact the Great Bridge Lock operator at 757-547-3311 or the Norfolk District office at 757-201-7642 Chart 12206 LNM 12/19

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    • LNM: Update: Dredging to Begin, 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. No wake is already the recommended speed for the narrow canal, not only for safety, but for the enjoyment of the natural surroundings. Extra caution is required in the vicinity of the dredge equipment.

      VA – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – GREAT DISMAL SWAMP CANAL – DREDGING
      PCI Dredging LLC will be conducting dredging operations in the Great Dismal Canal from 22 Feb until approximately 30 Mar 2019. Dredged material will be placed in the Upland USACE CDF on the westside of the Canal. Work vessels may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be marked pursuant to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned parallel and adjacent to the shoreline of the federal channel thence traversing upland and west into the CDF. For more information or question contact Kent Petersen at 715-356-7311. Chart 12206 LNM 07/19

      Norfolk District to begin Dismal Swamp Canal dredging
      wtkr.com

      Dismal Swamp Canal Dredging to Begin
      Coastal Review Online

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    • Spring Programs at Dismal Swamp State Park, AICW Alternate Canal 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

      The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR and a NC DOT Rest Area facility, located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.

      Greetings!

      Here comes spring! We can’t wait for the warmer weather. Here is what we have coming up at the park for the month of March. I’ve also included a save-the-date for our upcoming special events Statewide Star Party (Fri 4/12) and 16th Annual Paddle for the Border (Sat 5/4 – registration still open, but it usually fills fast!).

      Spring Hike
      Sat, 03/02/2019 – 11:00am
      Meet at Visitor Center
      Join the ranger for a guided hike along the Supplejack Trail. This footpath meanders through the Swamp forest near the Canal and features many different types of common vegetation, along with some old liquor stills! Learn about the Swamp’s wildlife and colorful past while enjoying early spring weather. Don’t forget to log your miles for your NC 100 Mile Challenge.
      **All ages are welcome, but trail is not recommended for strollers. There are opportunities to loop back to the Visitor Center at 0.25 and 0.5 miles, if you do not wish to hike the full distance.**

      10K Run with the Ranger
      Sat, 03/09/2019 – 10:00am
      Meet at Visitor Center
      Join the ranger for a 10K run along the park trails to the water control structures. Water and snacks will be provided after. All ages and ability are welcome to participate! Don’t forget to log your distance for your 100-Mile Challenge!

      Denizens of the Dismal
      Sat, 03/16/2019 – 11:00am
      Meet in Auditorium
      Join the ranger for a short indoor talk about the many fascinating animals that call the Swamp home. You will be able to see mounts, skulls, and tracks. There will also be touchable pelts.

      Spring Wagon Ride (Morning)
      Every Sun, 03/24/2019 through 05/26/2019- 11:00am
      Meet at Visitor Center
      Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park’s liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting snakes, birds, or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

      Spring Wagon Ride (Afternoon)
      Every Sun, 03/24/2019 through 05/26/2019- 2:00pm
      Meet at Visitor Center
      Hop aboard the Dismal Swamp Express, an open-air wagon, for a narrated ride along Canal Road. See the park’s liquor still and lighter boat replicas and maybe even some interesting snakes, birds, or other wildlife! The ride lasts 45 minutes to an hour and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the weather is questionable or you have a large group, please call the office at 252-771-6593 in advance. Insect repellent is recommended. Bring snacks and water if you want them.

      Snakes!
      Sat, 03/30/2019 – 2:00pm
      Meet in Auditorium
      SNAKES! are the educational theme in North Carolina State Parks in 2019. Come Scale Back Your Fear and learn about these fascinating and beneficial animals! New bandannas will be out to celebrate our scaly friends.

      **COMING SOON**
      Statewide Star Party in the Swamp
      Fri, 04/12/2019 – 6:00pm to 9:30pm
      Join us for a Star Party in the Swamp! This year, we are excited to announce that the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers will be out to support our event and provide additional equipment and viewing expertise!
      Please call the office and reserve your space in advance to help us plan.
      Rain date Sat April 13, same time- if sky conditions/rain are unfavorable both nights, we will consider an indoor, daytime program on Sunday.

      16th Annual Paddle for the Border 2019
      Sat, 05/04/2019 – 8:00am
      Join us and our co-sponsors for the annual Paddle for the Border! Spend this Saturday morning paddling along 7.5 miles of the beatiful Dismal Swamp Canal from South Mills, NC to Chesapeake, VA. Lunch is served at the conclusion of the paddle. Registration is now open and usually fills up fast! Visit http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/paddle to sign up.

      See you in the park!

      Katie Sanford
      Park Ranger, Dismal Swamp State Park
      NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
      252 771 6593
      katie.sanford@ncparks.gov

      2294 US 17 N | South Mills, North Carolina 27976

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    • Things to Do on the Waterways of Chesapeake, Virginia


      Go Chesapeake

      GoChesapeake, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is an organization dedicated to promoting waterway tourism for economic prosperity in the Chesapeake, Virginia area.

       

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      The historic Dismal Swamp Canal connects southeastern Virginia to northeastern North Carolina and is recognized as the oldest, continuously operating waterway in the United States. Originally built in the early 1790s, the canal historically served as a trade route from Virginia to North Carolina. Today, the canal is part of the Intracoastal Waterway and hosts pleasure boaters navigating their way between the Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle Sound.

      Nearby Lake Drummond feeds the Dismal Swamp Canal and controls its overall depth. Minimum canal depths average 6 ½ feet with the canal, its locks and bridges accommodating watercraft up to 50 feet wide and 300 feet in length.

      The 22-mile canal flows through the heart of the Great Dismal Swamp, offering explorers magnificent terrain views and glimpses of its diverse wildlife. Atlantic white cypress trees line the canal banks as deer, river otters and the occasional black bear romp in this outdoor refuge. Travelers navigating the canal during spring and fall migration can spot migratory, neo-tropical birds passing through the region during their bi-annual pilgrimage.

      The Dismal Swamp Canal’s two locks and bridges operate 365 days a year, weather conditions permitting. The two locks that bookend the Dismal Swamp Canal operate four times a day at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the canal as part of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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    • LNM: Barge Traffic, Construction Site north of Great Bridge Lock, Great Bridge, VA


      The main concern here will be avoiding the barges delivering stone to the construction site, otherwise navigation should not be affected. Great Bridge Lock is at statute mile 11.5 in Great Bridge VA.

      VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – SOUTHERN BRANCH – MARINE CONSTRUCTION
      H&H Enterprises will be installing stone breakwaters and driving piles for a pier, ½ mile northwest of the Great Bridge Locks, in the southern branch of the Elizabeth River. Barges will be located outside the main channel. Work will begin February 11 and estimated to finish April 12, 2019. When the riprap barges are being delivered the tugboat, JESSE LEE, will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. For more information or questions, contact Mike Hodges at 757-435-9668. Chart 12253 LNM 07/19

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    • LNM: 12hr Repair Closures, Feb 20-Mar 16, Great Bridge Lock, AICW Statute Mile 11.5

      Great Bridge Lock is located in Great Bridge, VA. Your alternate southbound ICW route during these 12hr closures will be the Dismal Swamp Canal which departs the Waterway at statute mile 7.2. Your northbound alternate would be northeast up the Pasquatank River to Elizabeth City and into the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this advance notice.

      I pulled this from the Army Corps website. I haven’t seen anything from the CG yet.

      Matt the Bridge Tender – Gilmerton Bridge

      Feb. 6, 2019
      Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal
      Mile marker 12.2
      Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
      Great Bridge Lock Phase 1 of 2 valve replacement

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will perform valve replacement and diving at Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia, starting Feb. 20 and concluding around March 16. The following information is provided:

      1) Installation of a cofferdam on the lock wall’s northeast end will occur Feb. 20-21. The lock will be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

      2) From Feb. 25 to around March 16, a crew will be working on removal and installation of the replacement valve seven days a week. During this time period, there will be occasional delays to navigation to provide crane support in the lock.

      3) During the week of March 19, removal and relocation of the cofferdam will take place. The exact time and closure will be announced in a separate “Notice to Navigation Interests” next month.

      The lock’s horizontal clearance will be limited to 70 feet during these repairs. Vessels shall provide a large berth to the work area, which will be marked with a yellow safety beam on the lock wall.

      Those planning to use this route can contact the Great Bridge Lock operator at 757-547-3311, Norfolk District office at 757-201-7642 or refer to the Coast Guard’s “Local Notice to Mariners” for more information.

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    • LNM: 6-hour Complete Closure of Harbor Entrance, February 2, Norfolk, VA


      This cable laying project began ten days ago and is scheduled to be completed March. There is ample water on both sides of the navigation channel of the Entrance Reach, but because of the divers in the water, extreme caution must be used in the area.

      VA – NORFOLK HARBOR ENTRANCE REACH – CLOSURE
      Crofton Diving Corporation will be conducting underwater cable laying operations crossing the Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach from Willoughby to Hampton, east of and parallel to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. On Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a complete closure of the inbound and outbound lanes of the navigation channel. The alternate date for this operation is Sunday, February 3, 2019, during the same times. Equipment on site will be the BUNNY C and TEDDI C and a crew boat, CAPT CROFTON. Each vessel will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Vessels are requested to proceed in this area with extreme caution, as operations will only permit channel crossing with prior radio contact and in only extreme emergencies. For questions or concerns, contact United States Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Waterways Management Division duty phone at (757) 374-3408 or HamptonRoadsWaterways@uscg.mil. Chart 12253 LNM 05/19

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    • LNM: Expansion Construction Underway on I-64 Bridge, VA AICW Statute Mile 7.1


      The new high-rise bridge expansion will be parallel to the south side of the existing bascule bridge just north of the northern entrance to Dismal Swamp Canal.

      VA – ELIZABETH RIVER – I-64 WIDENING AND HIGH RISE BRIDGE EXPANSION
      As part of the I-64 Widening and High Rise Expansion project, work in the Elizabeth River will include changes in channel layout, and removal and replacement of the existing fender system. Additional work will include barge and crane mobilization, pile driving, pile cap construction, column construction, and cap construction. Superstructure work includes beam erection. You may view the Maritime Work Plan for High-Rise Bridge Construction here:
      http://files.constantcontact.com/ca304120701/398c7d31-9f11-44f8-a222-b0ad99fba0cf.pdf
      Chart 12253 LNM 50/18

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    • Boats and More Boats, State Park Welcome Center Dock, Dismal Swamp Canal 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

      Looks like a record number of boats rafted up at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center Docks. Area information is provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR and a NC DOT Rest Area facility, located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC. See November Programs at Dismal Swamp State Park, AICW Alternate Route.

       

      We are not back to normal numbers, but after being closed for so long, it has been so nice to host boaters again in the Dismal Swamp Canal. This photo was taken by Jeff Byrd for Camden TDA at the end of October. We are enjoying meeting traffic by waterway again and we have talked to a lot of great people! Sigh!

      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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    • LNM: MSIB Update on Railroad Bridge Maintenance, VA AICW Statute Mile 5.8


      With a closed vertical clearance of 7ft, the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge is the third ICW RR bridge south of Mile Zero. Someone listened and the maintenance has been delayed from Novmber 12 to November 26 or later. Stay tuned for actual closure dates. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this notice.

      MSIB 18-262 Proposed Railroad Bridge Maintenance Update​

      MSIB Number: 18-262
      November 9, 2018

      Proposed Railroad Bridge Maintenance Update

      Feedback concerning the Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge’s potential closures was received and reviewed to determine the best course of action for the proposed maintenance schedule. The requested deviation from bridge regulations was not approved due to the adverse impacts associated with the proposed closure of the bridge from November 12, 2018, through November 15, 2018. This bridge will continue normal operations until no earlier than November 26, 2018. Once approved, a MSIB will be released to announce actual closure periods.

      We would like to express our gratitude for prompt feedback from those port partners this closure will impact.

      Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact the Waterways Management Division by phone at (757) 668-5580 or email to HamptonRoadsWaterways@uscg.mil.

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    • A Beautiful Day at Atlantic Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 12


      Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442

      Atlantic Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12 in Great Bridge, VA.

       

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    • OPEN! Centerville Tpk and North Landing Bridges, AICW Statute Miles 15.2 / 20.2


      Having been closed due to high water, the Centerville Turnpike and North Landing Bridges have now re-opened. Both cross the AICW south of Great Bridge Lock. Our thanks to Matt the Bridge Tender for this notice.

      Update this morning from Matt the Bridge Tender:

      Centerville Turnpike Bridge and North Landing Bridge on the ICWW in Chesapeake Virginia (Virginia Cut) are OPEN after having been closed due to high water.
      I just checked with Deep Creek Locks (Friday 10/12 at 8:55 AM) and they said the Dismal Swamp Canal route is open. They recommend a draft of no more than 6 feet.

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    • Dismal Swamp Canal and Locks are Open, 10/12

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

      Despite the passage of Hurricane Michael through the area, the canal and locks are open, according to our good friend, Matt the Bridge Tender in Chesapeake City. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and a NC DOT Rest Area facility, located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC.

      I just checked with Deep Creek Locks (Friday 10/12 at 8:55 AM) and they said the Dismal Swamp Canal route is open. They recommend a draft of no more than 6 feet.
      Matt the Bridge Tender

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    • Winter Storage Still Available! Atlantic Yacht Basin, Great Bridge, VA, AICW Statute Mile 12


      Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442

      Atlantic Yacht Basin, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located just south of the Great Bridge lock and bridge at Mile Marker 12.

       Customize Your Storage Plan to Fit You & Your Boat

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    • Deep Creek Cove Now Posted as NO TRESPASSING, Northern Entrance to Dismal Swamp Canal


      Our thanks to William Spaur for bringing this to our attention. Deep Creek Basin is on the south shore of the Dismal Swamp Route east of Deep Creek Lock.

      The COVE on Deep Creek, the Deep Creek Basin, is now being developed by RYAN HOMES and has been named BRYAN’S COVE. The land and the water are now NO TRESPASSING.

      Deep Creek Cove is near the junction of the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and Deep Creek waterway, Chesapeake VA. It has always been a favorite anchorage for boats transiting the Dismal Swamp Canal. It is a borrow pit vintage 1962 to develop Interstate 64. It is the size of a city block and connected to Deep Creek by a narrow channel.
      William Spaur

      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Wally Moran -  September 8, 2018 - 2:53 pm

        I thought I truly hated lawyers until it became a photo… Then I realized I hate a developers far more.
        I would be very surprised to find out that this is a legal restriction.

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      2. Chuck Stires -  July 27, 2018 - 8:02 am

        I believe all navigable water in NC is public…not restrictions. Is Deep Creek Basin in VA or NC?
        Chuck

        Editor’s note: Deep Creek Basin is in Virginia

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      3. Wallace Gouk -  July 13, 2018 - 12:47 pm

        Is this legitimate or just another case of a landowner overstepping his bounds ?

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    • Comments and Descriptions of Great Dismal Swamp Canal, AICW Alternate Route, NC


      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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      Our thanks to AGLCA members for this nice thread regarding their recent experiences navigating the Great Dismal Swamp Canal and visiting Elizabeth City, both CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS! The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center Docks and information are provided at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, a NC DOT Rest Area facility, located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC. Elizabeth City and Mariners Wharf is located on the Pasquotank River off the northeast corner of Albemarle Sound and at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Route.

      We came thru Dismal 10 days ago…water was less beautiful as lots of pollen on water then. Also additional risk to prop hitting submerged snags, but you are seeing history on rivers & canal trip. You also get to soend a couple minutes with Bob at the North Lock! BOB is a HERO to boaters. At North end of locks if you are there early you can tie up to landing before draw bridge before lock and do a quick shop in the Supermarket a block east or run over to Pizza + for an exceptional lunch.
      Ed Kelly

      The dismal swamp is used by slow boats with no schedule. The is a six Stm per Hour speed limit, and the dockmaster will enforce that. It is shallow, but a 6′ draft boat without exposed running gear can easily do it without issues. I recommend that boats not follow another boat at less than 1/2 to 3/4 mile. That way, if the first boat does pick up debris off the bottom, that debris will have time too settle back down before the following boat arrives.
      We came through the Dismal Swamp a month ago. It’s our preferred route for the reasons cited by Ben and Brenda. We had no issues.

      There are locks at Deep Creek (the lockmaster at Deep Creek is ROBERT Peek, not Bob.) and South Mills. The locks operate four times per day, at 08h30, 11h00, 13h30 and 15h30. The distance between the locks is 22 miles. There is no good place to hold station at either end, so the strategy is to travel at 5 StM per Hour to avoid getting there early. There are no wakes. The Dismal Swamp canal is narrow, and in general, passing is probably inappropriate. Fast boats do not use the Dismal Swamp.
      The Albemarle and Chesapeake route is used by go-fast boat with no courtesy for slower vessels. Two of the drawbridges have been replaced, but there are still several bridges that operate on 1/2 hour or 1 hour schedules. The is one lock, at Great Beidge. It operates on an hourly schedule. You will get waked by go fast boats. Secure for that stretch as if you are going offshore in nasty weather conditions.
      Hope this is useful,
      Jim Healy

      Hands down, Dismal Swamp Canal. Only recrational boats, and not many, in Our experience. Beautiful, serene, lots of birds, turtles, deer. Don’t miss it! The Virginia Cut (which includes Coinjock) is fine, but lots of commercial traffic and sports fisherman.
      Gena Olson

      To add to our original post, if you are opting for the swamp canal and plan to stay at the city’s free Mariner’s Wharf, I think it has a 48 or 72 hour limit. That in mind, the 4th of July and Independence Day festivities are approaching so you might want to scurry in. There are a couple of marinas but have never used them. We happened to be in Elizabeth City on the 4th several years ago and the fireworks were launched off a barge a 100 yards or so behind the docks towards the sound so pull bow in. There will also be festivities on the lawn adjoining to waterfront. Haven’t been there for two years and the only concern was the old crooked mooring pilings but they may have replaced them by now when the new bridge was built.
      I Stand corrected… I think the Rose Buddy welcome crew was re-birthed. The lady of the boat was welcomed with a fresh cut rose grown on sight.
      Brenda Sanderson

      Went through 3 days ago. Beautiful narrow and shallow. Bumped something 8 to 10 times. Have 3 ft draf and protected props. Stayed overnight at welcome center. Have plenty bug spray and fly swatter the green flies are terrible and hurt. We enjoyed the slow beautiful trip.
      Elwyn & Carol Segres

      We came through yesterday and today and overnighted at the visitors centre. Lowest water we saw was 6.5 ft but we smacked a couple of large logs, the worst of which was 1.5 miles north of the visitors Center. We sat on idle for most of the trip so we don’t think we stirred them up but we do draw 5ft.
      Great trip but we will go the Virginia Cut on the way south.
      Paul Lewis

      We came through in April and anchored off Goat Island because the southern lock was down for the day. Then rafted with 5 other boats at the Visitor Center and waited out a severe storm for two nights. Dodged a bit of flotsam along the way. But would not have missed this part of the journey for all the steak in the world – the trip through the swamp is simply magical.
      AND Lockmaster Bob is a skilled musician with a conch shell – if you have one on board, pass it up and ask for a tune or two.
      Breandon and Kathleen

      When traveling down the Dismal Swamp, stay to the center of the channel OR drop your VHF antenna if it has an air draft of >=22ft. We wandered to the side and tore ours off 3 years ago. Forgot about the overhead clearance of the tree branches! Otherwise, it was a very nice trip.
      Joyce Truthan


       

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

      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

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    • Tangier, the Sinking Island in the Chesapeake


      Tangier Island is a very special place, definitely one of those never-to-be-forgotten spots in the Chesapeake. If you have not visited this step back in time, do it now before it’s gone.

      A combination of storm-driven erosion and sea-level rise, which are both increasing as climate change advances, may soon swallow the island entirely.

      Tangier, the Sinking Island in the Chesapeake  from The New Yorker

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