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Lake Drummond

Address: Norfolk, VA
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Ranked #18 of 25 Attractions in Norfolk
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: The origins of the largest natural lake in Virginia still remain a mystery.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: The origins of the largest natural lake in Virginia still remain a mystery.
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Hartland, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Dismal Swamp, including the area around Lake Drummond, is a great place for a hike or a leisurely walk. In the summer, the heat, humidity, and incredible number of insects can make it less so, so best for a coolish spring or autumn day.

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Richmond, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We paddled Lake Drummond this past Sunday, Father's Day. That day was the last day of the current season to gain access to the lake via the "Railroad Ditch" gate and the "Interior Ditch" boat ramp. The week before, I mailed in an application, and, in return, they faxed me a "parking permit" I called them the Friday before to... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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71 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Lake Drummond is part of The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. It is a remotely located, huge lake with Bald Cypress and many other trees in and around the water. In July, a friend and I kayaked from the Ballahack Rd boat ramp in Chesapeake (adjacent to the wonderful Dismal Swamp Canal Trail) to Lake Drummond. The journey started... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Watch out for the shallow water there are a lot of stumps and other objects that can take out a small motor.

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Norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Take a bicycle and find one of the dirt walk/bikepaths on the NW side of the lake. If you go in summer cover yourself with bug juice and enjoy the ride and the views. Paddle the lake by taking the Dismal Swamp connector canal..portaging at the locks, then paddle a couple of miles in the lake. I'll do this again... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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73 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Its broad, quiet, mysterious, and historic. Sailing ships prized the water dark brown water here because it did not spoil on the long journey across the Atlantic. It was the center of a vast wilderness where native Americans and former slaves sought freedom in the swamp. It is beautiful especially if approached by canal past the Army Corps of Engineers... More 

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