Here are a quilted set of charts
for the Dismal Swamp. From the north, it splits to the west from the north/south ICW
Note the "Chesapeake Yachts (free dock)" anchorage right there. We stayed there last fall - it's still a free dock
but was just rebuilt and is now in great shape. I'm not sure how much longer it'll be free.
The Dismal Swamp goes west and south to the first lock, Deep Creek Lock used to control water
heights from the ICW/Chesapeake Bay
Note the new hazard marker entered this month
That hazard talks about a new pipe across the canal at 4.2' depth
as reported by one boater just a few days ago.
Continuing south, the Dismal Swamp/NC welcome center has free docks and is a common place to spend the night
Next south is the South Mills Lock, the southern lock that controls water
heights from the other side of Albermarle Sound
Before re-joining the normal ICW
, you'll pass through Elizabeth City, known to be one of the most cruiser-friendly towns anywhere.
Those free docks have 19 reviews
and average 5 out of 5 stars. It is one of the mostly highly rated places we have on Earth in ActiveCaptain.
And right after that going south is one of the most confusing and dangerous areas (I think) on the entire ICW with a hazard marker
NOAA changed the buoys through there a few years ago and many people have old charts
onboard. You also have to follow the buoys in the hazard area and NOT the magenta line drawn on the NOAA chart and shown in the link above. Following the magenta line will put you over an area with less than 5' of depth
at most times.