BOAT, KAYAK & CANOE PUT INS
Exploring Coastal Virginia? Chesapeake offers a variety of places to easily guide boats, kayaks, and canoes out into creeks, rivers, and lakes, such as concrete ramps and dirt launches.
MULTI-LANE RAMPS AND ADA ACCESSIBILITY
Right off I-464, at the base of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, is the Elizabeth River Park put-in, where boaters can find a 2-lane boat ramp, perfect for you and a buddy to launch at the same time. Forgot to bring tackle? No worries. Elizabeth River Park offers a Snack Shack with tackle and supplies.
Boaters in search of an ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch will find it at Great Bridge Lock Park. Locals head here for the terrific crabbing, but there’s also a playground for young seafarers and 26 paved trailer spots. Stop by Budget Boats, Inc. on your way in to check out their ample and constantly-rotating selection of pre-owned boats, motors, and other parts.
Looking for lots of dock space with plenty of other seasoned boaters around? Try the Centerville Waterway Marina. For a nominal fee, you can use their boat ramp and launch to access the Intracoastal Waterway. For travelers who don’t own a boat, the folks at Centerville Marina will be happy to sell you something from their impressive selection. They even offer dry boat storage.
IN SEARCH OF SOLITUDE?
Paddlers with smaller crafts or “car-toppers” can head to Bunch Walnuts Road Bridge. This forested area with a sunlit canopy above the water allows boaters to pull off to the side of the small bridge and head quickly out into the majestic Northwest River.
At Deep Creek Lock Park, you’ll find a canoe put in that will guide you straight into the creek. Once back on land, savor a meal under a shelter, make your way up to the observation tower, or roam the 25 acres of heavily wooded landscape.
Nature-lovers hoping to see wildlife from their vessel will be awestruck by the viewing opportunities at the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail put in. Spot neotropical migratory birds and other creatures in this ecologically impressive site.
Those looking for places to access water in the Northwest River Park can head down Indian Creek Road, where those without their own vessel can rent a kayak at Bob’s Fishing Hole before hunting for sunfish on the 1.5-mile route. In search of more solitude?
The refreshed Ballahack Road Boat Ramp Area sits at the edge of Dismal Swamp Canal Trail South. This is the ideal place to paddle for those hoping to reach Lake Drummond, one of only two natural lakes in the state. It’s also the endpoint for the annual 7.5-mile Paddle for the Border event, which takes place each May.