Do you like to fish? There's an old adage in Chesapeake that while you can't buy happiness, you can catch it on occasion. This region is quickly emerging as a world-class fishing destination with 22 miles of fresh and salt waterways. Here, the Intracoastal Waterway branches across the city creating deep-water canals and enough hot spots to fulfill any fisher's fantasy.
In the spring, sink your line in Northwest River Park and Campgrounds' stocked freshwater lake for the chance to reel in bass, crappie and catfish. Bowfin anglers seeking a heart-thumping adventure should head for Lake Drummond, the state's second largest natural lake. Bowfin, longnose gar and crappie benefit from the water's lower pH levels.
Elizabeth River Park is located along Scuffletown Creek, a tributary to the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. The boat ramp, open 24 hours a day, is one of the most active in the Coastal Virginia region.