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 by kayaking a brief half mile or so on the Dismal Swamp Canal to the 4.5 mile "feeder ditch" leading to LD. It's unfortunate for such a scenic waterway to be called feeder ditch. It's fairly narrow, a rich brown color with tannic acid, and teeming with life. We saw what must have been thousands of dragonflies, dancer flies, friendly butterflies, turtles (they look like snakes when popping their heads out of the water), fish, and a black bear cub. With only about 1/2 mile remaining to reach LD, we came to a spillway or lock. There were a few people fishing and camping is allowed in this area, great spot for a picnic, and there are even restrooms. In order to continue the trip to LD, we had to manually move our kayaks from the Dismal Swamp Canal side of the spillway to the LD side. Once done, we had only about 1/2+ mile to Lake Drummond. The Lake is large and beautiful. It seemed like we were the only ones there. After an all too brief paddle about the lake, we returned by the same route. This is about a 10 mile round trip so take everything you might need; water, snacks, extra clothes, etc. A cellphone might be handy due to the lack of other people and remote location, our Verizon service had a signal most of the time. There may be others, but I know of only two other ways to reach Lake Drummond, and that is by the Suffolk entrance to The Great Dismal Swamp NWR via the Washngton Ditch Trail (hike or bike) or by getting a key from a Ranger to a locked gate and taking a road (not sure of the name) and driving very slowly about 5-7 miles to LD. If you like kayaking or canoeing, you will enjoy this paddle.
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