First Visit - Southern Branch Elizabeth River




Well today was supposed to be nice, but the weather was not cooperating this morning and I almost scrapped any plans for kayaking. There was a lot of convective activity over the Chesapeake this morning, and the first look at the radar was not real promising. So I was going to go around to launches I have not been to, and at least get some pictures, but I did one last look at the forecast, and saw that the National Weather Services (NWS) was going to drop the T-Storm probability, so I took the opening. I was committed to checking out/using new launch sites today, so I decided to check out the kayak launch at Carolanne Farms Park, and launch from Great Bridge Locks.

Well after visiting Carolanne farms, I headed over to Great Bridge Locks Park, which was completely empty. The tide was out a bit making it a little hard to launch from the dock, so I opted for the ramp. Pretty easy launch, probably not as easy on a busy day.

In a nutshell, this section of water wont rate high on my favorite places to paddle. Even though I was pretty sure what to expect, it was more industrial then I expected it to be. When I go out, I want an escape, and if that is what you are looking for then go somewhere else. If you are looking for a relatively straight and busy waterway, then this is where you want to be.

Okay so the high point of the trip today was watching a drawbridge open, a first for me.

One last thing to make things fair, there are a lot of little tributaries on the south side of the river, that I did not look at, and will probably go back and take a look at that side of the river a little more.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
09/16/2006 Great Bridge Lock Park 8.30 16
Southern Branch Of the Elizabeth River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking North on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River


Southern Branch Of the Elizabeth River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Southern Branch Of the Elizabeth River, shoreline


Great Bridge Locks (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The locks at Great Bridge


egret hunting (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret hunting on the Southern Branch Of the Elizabeth River


Drawbridge opening (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Drawbidge (Steel Bridge) opening, and as silly as it sounds, it is the first time I have seen a drawbridge opening...


Drawbridge opening (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The drawbridge is almost open


Drawbridge open3 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Okay the drawbridge is all the open, sorry no pictures of it closing, but it did seem to bounce a lot as it closed


Derelect ships on the Elizabeth River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Derelect ships on the Elizabeth River


Derelect ships on the Elizabeth River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Close up of derelect ship on the Elizabeth River


Bridge over the Elizabeth River (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Bridge over the Elizabeth River


Wrecked ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Whats left of a ship on an ox bow near the locks


Rotting ship (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The bow of a ship or barge left to rot on the river


Thr ramp at Great Bridge Locks Park (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Thr ramp at Great Bridge Locks Park


The ramp at Great Bridge Locks Park (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The ramp at Great Bridge Locks Park


Aerial view of trip on 9/16/06 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Aerial view of trip on 9/16/06


topo view of trip on 9/16/06 (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
topo view of trip on 9/16/06




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