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Address: Norfolk, VA

The origins of the largest natural lake in Virginia still remain a mystery.

The origins of the largest natural lake in Virginia still remain a mystery.

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Beautiful Lake!

I highly recommend paddling to this gorgeous lake filled with Cypress trees some large enough to paddle through. Make sure you check the weather before coming out to the lake as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2016
Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I highly recommend paddling to this gorgeous lake filled with Cypress trees some large enough to paddle through. Make sure you check the weather before coming out to the lake as the water could be rough. If you are not comfortable paddling in white cap water then ensure that you are not going out on a windy day. Well worth... More 

Thank SDH424
Norfolk, Virginia
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65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Situated in the heart of the Dismal Swamp this lake is a tranquil pleasure. And at its deepest it's only 6ft deep. Excellent for cayacking and canoes. Don't forget to bring your camera or cell phone. Frequently covered by "spooky" mist. If arriving by car there is one rugged road approaching from the west. But most visitors paddle in for... More 

Thank Rick H
Norfolk, Virginia
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Lake Drummond is located in the middle of the Great Dismal Swamp. It is between Suffolk and Chesapeake , Virginia. The Suffolk side seems to have the best trails and the Chesapeake side has the water access. As with any swamp there are some critters to be aware of. There is also a campground on the East side of the... More 

Thank Jay J
Camden, Maine
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

serene and quiet, lovely for canoe rides, in the spring the wisteria looks and smells wonderful, summer you will see a lot of bugs, biting flies, and tick, best time is spring and fall

Thank 54debbieann
Hartland, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 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.

4 Thank rspencer71
Richmond, Virginia
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230 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 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 

6 Thank urbanguy
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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176 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 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 

5 Thank goneagain2
Norfolk, Virginia
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank BenRTp
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92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank rossy53
Norfolk, Virginia
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479 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 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 

1 Thank Robert B

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