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Home > Visit a Gateway > Great Bridge Lock Park
Great Bridge Lock Park - Chesapeake, VA
  • fishing and crabbing (valid Virginia fishing license required)
  • boating - motor and other small water craft can be launched from the boat ramp
  • interpretive programs each year include:
    • Explore the Intracoastal Waterway: Each spring, summer and fall participants join a park ranger for a three-hour pontoon boat tour of the Albemarle & Chesapeake and Dismal Swamp canals. Participation is limited by boat size.
    • Great Bridge Canoe Trip: Paddlers, led by park rangers, explore the Great Bridge marsh by canoe each December in commemoration of the December 9, 1775, Battle of Great Bridge, which took place in this historic area where Colonial forces fought the British.
  • Annual events are launced from Great Bridge Lock park each year, including:
    • Battle of Great Bridge Celebration on the first Saturday and Sunday in December. The battle -- known as the "Southern Bunker Hill" -- is considered by historians to be a significant and decisive Patriot victory. It led directly to the British evacuation of Virginia and the loss of Norfolk, as a British base of military operations in the South. The weekend is filled with many interesting and educational opportunities for the entire family, ranging from battle re-enactments, Colonial fashion show, encampments, and "drilling the militia," a children's activity.
  • trails-hiking, water trails - self-guided
  • picnicking: picnic area equipped with fire grill.
Boat Access Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking
Pet policy: Pets allowed on leash.
Facilities: The park features a two-lane boat ramp, picnic shelters and a foot trail along the north shoreline and through the wooded western portion of the park. There is a large play area, provisions for indoor toilets and extensive fishing and crabbing areas. Bleachers permit spectators to view the many yachts passing through the lock.
Size: 19 acres
Accessibility: The picnic, playground and rest room areas are handicapped accessible. The boat ramp area is not accessible at this time.

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