Boat and Kayak Put-Ins
Want to dip more than just your toes in the water? Get your boats and kayaks ready because Chesapeake offers plenty drop-ins into its 22 miles of wind-free waterways.
Deep Creek Lock Park
300 Luray Street
This park includes a canoe put-in, as well as a picnic shelters with a grill, hiking trails, an observation tower overlooking the locks and more across 25 acres of lush landscape teeming with wildlife.
Elizabeth River Boat Landing and Park
103 Poindexter Street
2-lane boat ramps with launch and retrieval sites aren’t the only reason to stop by Elizabeth River Park. Located next to the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, Elizabeth River Park has a dog park, multiple shelters, ships store and gazebos throughout the park, a playground, paved trail and much more.
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
The canoe and kayak ramps are only the start of why you should visit the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. Spot some of Virginia’s most majestic creatures, including over 200 bird, 96 butterfly and at least 47 specimens of mammal, and immerse yourself in the area’s rich history.
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail South
Intersection of State HWY RT 17 and Ballahack Road
The concrete boat ramp can accommodate larger boats, as well as canoes and kayaks. The Dismal Swamp Canal is the oldest continually working manmade canal in the US and defines the eastern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Great Bridge Lock Park
100 Locks Road
Featuring a 2-boat ramps with launch and retrieval sides and a raised berm area, this 19-acre park has something for boaters and non-boaters alike: a playground, walking trail, picnic area and fishing and crabbing spots. There is also a handicap kayak put in location.
Indian Creek Road
1733 Indian Creek Road
The gentle, sloping bank is good for launching small boats on trailers. The site is 1.2 miles west of the entrance to Northwest River Park and Campgrounds, a 763-acre park with camping, hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching and water adventures.
2212 Baum Road
A site with easy access to Smith Creak and the Northwest River site, featuring a small crush-and-run parking lot and easy water entry.
100 N. Centerville Turnpike
With a privately-owned public access boat ramp geared toward power boats, this launch point charges a fee to all watercrafts including canoes and kayaks.
Bunch Walnuts Road Bridge
3531 Bunch Walnuts Road
At the site of this gently arched bridge of bent pine and weathered steel, a smooth, enjoy an easy water access point. Be sure to check in at the Triple R Ranch office.
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