The Army Corps of Engineers has closed the Great Dismal Swamp Canal for repairs, and it will remain closed for about three months. The original announcement, below, said the canal would be closed starting Jan. 6, but the Corps found a mechanical problem at the South Mills Lock and they closed the Canal ahead of schedule. If you’re cruising north or south on the ICW, you can take the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal through the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia. Operators monitor Channel 13.
VA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY (AICW) – DISMAL SWAMP CANAL – CLOSED TO NAVIGATION
On Monday, January 6, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin rehabilitation of the South Mills Lock canal gates on the Dismal Swamp Canal. As a result, the locks at Deep Creek, Virginia and South Mills, North Carolina will stop operating after the last scheduled locking at 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, will be closed temporarily to through vessel traffic at that time. The rehabilitation is expected to take 90 days. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, Route 1 through the Great Bridge Lock in Chesapeake, Virginia, will be open 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Operators will monitor Channel 13. Should you have any questions concerning this matter, please call 757-201-7642. Chart 12206 LNM 51/19