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Old 08-10-2017, 12:13 PM   #21
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P For the last 15 years or so they close it every summer between South Mills NC and the locks at Deep Creek VA because we don't get enough rainfall to support the water they loose when opening it so mostly all summer it's closed.
Much of the water comes from springs that are fed from aquifers that bring water from the mountains to the West. Obviously local rain is also a contributing factor, but rain fall in the mountains hundreds of miles away effects the system months later.

This according to Robert the Deep Creek lock attendant, unofficial Dismal Swamp greeter, and conch shell blower.

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Old 08-10-2017, 12:35 PM   #22
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Yep That's about the time every year they reopen it.
It has been closed since hurricane Matthew due to downed trees and shoaling. Has been getting cleaned out and dredged since then.
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I have done the canal 4 times 1 spring, 1 summer, and 2 falls. The 1 fall it rained the entire time. Still very much enjoy it. The only problem we've had is the paravanes outriggers being up have a spread of 16', so pulled down some leaves, branches etc. on the boat deck. South of south mills lock is also a neat stretch.
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:10 PM   #24
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I have done the canal 4 times 1 spring, 1 summer, and 2 falls. The 1 fall it rained the entire time. Still very much enjoy it. The only problem we've had is the paravanes outriggers being up have a spread of 16', so pulled down some leaves, branches etc. on the boat deck. South of south mills lock is also a neat stretch.
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Usually overnighted Elizabeth city, 3 times overnighted atvisitor center in canal, once at "Elizabeth's dock" by north lock. So really 2-3 days all the way from/to Albemarle -Norfolk.

The entire canal is a no wake zone, something to keep in mind if planning on a RIB transit.
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Usually overnighted Elizabeth city, 3 times overnighted atvisitor center in canal, once at "Elizabeth's dock" by north lock. So really 2-3 days all the way from/to Albemarle -Norfolk.

The entire canal is a no wake zone, something to keep in mind if planning on a RIB transit.
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Old 08-10-2017, 05:58 PM   #27
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Forty years since I've been through it, my first long east coast trip.
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