Boat approaching the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake
Intracoastal Waterway

On the Water

Ply the liquid highway in the vessel of your choice including kayak, SUP, sailboat, or yacht, and explore the city’s myriad of waterways overflowing with exciting amenities. Toss a line to fish for bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and bluegill from the shore, pier, or boat. Or, pack a picnic in Great Bridge Lock Park to enjoy an endless parade of commercial and pleasure craft as they navigate the working locks along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Chesapeake also offers a wide selection of kayaking options from the historic Great Dismal Swamp Canal to Lake Drummond, the largest of two natural freshwater lakes in Virginia. Kayaking also takes center stage during the annual Paddle for the Border event (May) and the new Paddle the Peake challenge. Join the adventure when you download the free, mobile app and earn rewards by checking in at nine locations while learning more about the history and ecology of local waterways.



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