Salt Ponds is bit out of SSECN’s range, but it is a popular western shore storm shelter for northbound cruisers when the waters just north of Norfolk Harbor kick up. The entrance channel is perpendicular to the beach shore and can be intimidating even without the threat of shoaling.
VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – SALT PONDS – HAMPTON – SHOALING
Shoaling has been reported in the channel into Salt Ponds, Hampton VA, just inside the stone jetty. Depths to 4 feet at low tide have been reported. This shoaling maybe in addition to the shoaling reported on Salt Ponds Marina Resort web site. http://saltpondsmarinaresort.com/contact–directions.html
And this good news LNM in Week 26:
CAPE CHARLES TO NORFOLK HARBOR – SALT PONDS – TEMPORARY BUOYS (PRIVATE)
On or about June 27, 2017, the City of Hampton, Virginia will establish four temporary buoys to mark best water to address shoaling in the entrance to Salt Ponds. These buoys will be removed later this summer after the City dredges the waterway. READ MORE!
Salt Ponds Buoy 5TB 37-03-46.33N, 076-16-52.37W (37°3.7721N / 076°16.8728W, 37.062869 / -76.281214)
Salt Ponds Buoy 6TA 37-03-45.10N, 076-16-48.58W (37°3.7517N / 076°16.8097W, 37.062528 / -76.280161)
Salt Ponds Buoy 6TB 37-03-46.26N, 076-16-50.58W (37°3.7710N / 076°16.8430W, 37.062850 / -76.280717)
Chart 12222 LNM 26/17