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Great Bridge Lock Park
|Phone: 757-382-6411||Fax: 757-277-9365||Email: PRGeneral@cityofchesapeake.net|
|Address: 100 Lock Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322|
The park – located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Blvd., where the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, coming up from North Carolina, meet the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River – is named for the Corp of Engineers’ lock which separates the salt water of the river from the fresh water of the canal. This 19-acre park, a small peninsula surrounded by the canal on one side and the river on the other, features a two-lane boat ramp, a raised berm area, with interpretive signage explaining the lock system, permits spectators a great view of the many yachts which transit the lock on this busy waterway which runs from Maine to Key West, FL.
In 2004, the National Park Service added Great Bridge Lock Park to its “Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network” for its historic and ecological significance — it is at the southernmost estuary in the Gateway Network and the southernmost explored point on the NPS’s Capt. John Smith National Historic Waterways Trail. Go to www.baygateways.net for more information.
Other Park Amenities:
- Picnic shelters with grills
- Playground and play area
- Foot-trail along the north shoreline
- Extensive fishing and crabbing areas