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**Dismal Swamp Canal and Lake Drummond Reservation Update 11/8/16:  

The Dismal Swamp Canal continues to be closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew.  Lake Drummond Reservation is closed until further notice.

The Dismal Swamp State Park and Dismal Swamp Welcome Center are OPEN.  For more information please call 252-771-8333.

Camden County’s paved Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is open.

For more details on the Dismal Swamp Canal and Lake Drummond Reservation please click here.

Notice to Navigation Interests from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District

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 The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is a NCDOT facility that provides a friendly face and tourism information to the traveling public. Whether by water or by land, the staff at this lovely complex aims to please, and assist the traveling public with a variety of services.

About the Dismal Swamp

Forbidding as its name may be, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of the few natural American gems remaining in the East. Despite its impressive size it remains a mystery to most people. We invite you to come see why many notables in America’s history were lured by Nature’s backdrop of emerald draping vines and sweet warbles of the songbirds which call the swamp “home”.

Today we are able to explore it’s secrets, without the hardships endured by the early Americans pioneers that sought to tame it. Home to one of the largest Black Bear populations on the East Coast, subtropical birds, butterflies, bobcats and white-tailed deer, it is easily understood why this land deserves our protection. It offers travelers wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna.

   Open Monday-Saturday 9 am- 5pm 

Closed Sunday


A Camden County View of Paddle for the Border 2016 (Short) Video:

Video courtesy of Chris Nolan ~ Sailing Vessel Navigator