Details for Elizabeth's Dock

Elizabeth's Dock

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 27 reviews

Address 300 Luray Street
Chesapeake, VA


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

VHF channel


Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

No current.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 7.5
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Long dock. Dockage is free and rafting is allowed.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2014-06-25)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Adjacent floating dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There is an entire park.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Walk to gas station, close by.


Yes - There is an Advanced Auto Parts that accepts used oil, within walking distance, approximately 20 minutes.







Yes - Food Lion in shopping center accross the swing bridge behind the Hardies.



Yes - Across the bridge are Hardies and an Italian Pizza that will deliver ph. 757-558-0133.

On May 25, 2015, La Familia was closed up, building for sale.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - ATT works. Verizon is good. Sprint has a strong signal.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Elizabeth's Dock
Still as good a stop as ever, 2016-04-23
Captain: , Maple Shade NJ (612)

Stopped by northbound on April 23 2016. We noticed that the fourth piling from the southern end is broken off at the waterline and it could put a nick in your topsides if you aren't careful. But it's still a great place to get rid of used oil and do some grocery shopping and get a Redbook movie at the 7 11. Dinghy under the bridge to Food Lion it's better than the walk with no sidewalks.

Excellent, Quiet Stop, 2015-05-26
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (907)

Rather than go on northward to anchor at Hospital Point or similar, we stayed on Elizabeth's Dock for a night, entering at the 3:30 locking 5/25/15. Mill pond quiet, no traffic in the park after sundown, and morning coffee and chat with Lockmaster Robert the high point. By contrast, the bulkhead south of the bridge is adjacent to the closed-up restaurant's back parking lot, unlit, strewn with broken glass & trash.

Great spot, 2015-04-29
Captain: , St Louis (1085)

Lockmaster friendly. (With another lockmaster locking through in the boat behind us). Shared this dock with another boat. Short walk to town. La Familia is closed, but the Sushi/Thai restaurant next to Food Lion was EXCELLENT (no kidding)! Trash cans next to the dock in the parking lot.

Safe Overnight, 2015-02-19
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

Elizabeth's Dock was a wonderful, safe stop after transiting the lock. Had we known that in the morning the bridge would only open after the morning locking boats were through the lock we would have gone through the bridge after the last locking and anchored in the canal. There certainly would have been no boat traffick after the last locking so we would have been pretty safe. All in all Elizabeth's dock is a great place to tie up after you lock through. Had we known about the bulkhead south of the bridge we could have gotten an earlier start in the morning. Still a great stop.

Quiet midsummer place, 2015-01-18
Captain: , Palmetto, FL (504)

Came in mid August and we were one of only 2 boats. Beautiful and quiet,but bring your bug spray!

A Wonderful Overnight Stop, 2014-12-07
Captain: , Onancock, VA (172)

This is a most comfortable place to stop over and the park is perfect for pets but the real attraction is the lock master Robert Peek. Stop and chat and learn. He's a tour guide for the Dismal and can quote passages from William Byrd II's description giving the place the name "Dismal" as well as other significant documents and speeches from the history of the place. He also plays a dang good conch shell.

He serves coffee and donuts at 8:00 AM and keeps it coming "as long as supplies last." I was there on Thanksgiving. Another boat and I tied to the dock for the night and visited with Robert until closing time. Several hours later there was an "Ahoy!" from the dock. Robert brought each of us plates of Thankisgiving leftovers piled at least two inches high with a delicious feast. You don't meet people as warm and generous as this man every day. Stop in and enjoy his company.

Deep Creek Lock Dismal Swamp Canal, 2014-11-28
Captain: , North Fort Myers, FL (519)

We did not stay at the Elizabeth's Dock but did transit the Deep Creek Lock and the Dismal Swamp on 11/25/2014. We have a 5 foot draft and had no issues in the canal.

We found Robert the lockmaster at Deep Creek Lock to be an absolute "JOY" and he made the locking the high point of our day's cruise.

Good, restful night's sleep, 2014-11-16
Captain: , Cape Canaveral (1191)

First time here. Price was right, water several feet deep under our 4' draft keel, lock master very friendly and helpful, quiet park nearby, and quick walk to Food Lion. We'll stop here again.

Lock Master surprised that park supposedly closed, 2014-10-06
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (1381)

Despite the "official" notice of closure, both Elizabeth Dock and the adjacent park are open. No indication of when they will be closed.

This dock is OPEN and it's free., 2014-09-11
Captain: , London, UK (339)

We stayed here on 2 Sept 14 - Easy approach and tie up strong docks, lots of cleats, dispose of trash here, good depth (we draw 5.5) a great place to stop before taking the lock the next morning. Completely quiet, picturesque and peaceful. Bug screens recommended. Room for at least 3 x 40 ftrs alongside but if full raft up much the same as at the Dismal Swamp visitor centre.

Still Open to use, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (686)

I had no problem using this dock. Was right down the end among the duck weed and trash but no issues. The trash barrels out in the car park were overflowing. Great infrastructure....thanks!

lovely free dock, 2014-05-19
Captain: , Silverthorne, CO (419)

Dock is on west bank (northbound) just before the lock. Feels remote, yet not a bad walk to Food Lion, etc. The dock at the Mexican restaurant before the bridge looked serviceable, but the restaurant is out of business.

Safe harbor in a sea of duck weed, 2013-10-16
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

Stayed overnite after extended delay due to duckweed in the canal. Wonderful park overlooking canal for dog to run. Robert is a legend; provided a conch playing exhibition. Provided coffee and doughnuts the next morning. Provided extensive counsel on the duckweed in the canal.

Fantastic Hospitality, 2013-10-15
Captain: , St Petersburg, FL (1253)

We stayed one night on the wall here with 5.7' depth at furthest in end of dock and room for 4 boats around 40'. There is also a small floating dock with room for one boat. We walked in to visit the lock master (Robert) and had a great stop for an hour. He is extremely dedicated to his job and has genuine affection for the boaters that pass through. He invited us to stop for coffee in the morning so we did. He had worked most of the night to clear the lock of duck weed and had made our exit much safer as a result. Thank you.

Great, quiet, free dock, 2013-07-26
Captain: , N. Myrtle Beach (343)

Contact Robert at the Deep Creek Lock before arriving and he can provide instruction to tie up at the concrete bulkhead just before the bridge so you can conveniently get all your shopping done without walking more than a block or two. Advanced Auto, Food Lion, Dollar General and others all right there.

The dock is convenient to a park if you have a dog. Everyone there was friendly and helpful.

Great Stop on the Dismal!, 2012-11-15
Captain: , Bohemia River, Md (184)

Elizabeth's Dock is a great stop on the Dismal! Robert is the best with breakfast at 8 am and full of information! Shopping and eats near by. Great run from there to Elizabeth City the next day arriving at 4 pm. ( we run 7.5 kts)

Deep Creek Lock and Elizabeth's Dock, 2012-11-03
Captain: , Collingwood Ontario Canada (10)

Great place to overnight - Robert the Lockmaster is the best ever he had coffee and danish at 8am every morning. It was easy walking to a couple of restaurants - dollar store, Food Lion and Harveys. A good place to rest up before heading off down through the Dismal Swampo

Het, it's free, 2012-10-18
Captain: , Where ever the hook is (573)

I give this 5 stars because it has everything you need for an overnight. A safe and secure dock in a safe location with friendly people. A short walk to shopping and restauraunts and a park. There is no fuel, water or electric but for overnight, you shouldn't need it. Oh, did I mention how beautiful the setting is.

Great free dock, 2012-04-29
Captain: , N Fort Myers, Florida (516)

This is a great spot to tie up for the night. No electric or water, but great dock (200 ft long) in a super protected area. No worries for wind or current. A nearby park has pavillions, charcoal grills, and a playground. It is an easy 1/2 mile walk into town with a Food Lion, several restaurants, etc. If he is on duty you will meet the lockmaster, Robert Peek, who is super friendly and very knowledgable about the area and history of Dismal swamp. He came over to our get-to-gether of a dozen boaters having a cookout at the local park and gave us a great 1/2 hour talk about the history of the swamp. A nicer guy you will never meet.

Deep Creek Lock free dock, 2012-04-24
Captain: , Lewisporte, Nl. (619)

We tied up to Elizabeth's dock for two nights while we waited out the weather. Robert the lock master is fantastic. He put out coffee, fruit and muffins for breakfast at 8. We met all kinds of interesting ppeople. There is no power or water. Just portable toilets, playground and nearby Food Lion and restaurants.

Easy tie up and walk to town, 2011-11-28
Captain: , Fremantle, West Australia (1448)

Free tie up - three of us took advantage of it. Walk into town. May be better to go past this and on to the Bulkhead on the other side of the bridge as that is much closer to Food Lion and a Mexican restaurant. The bridge will open as part of the lock opening so it's no big deal to go on 1/2 mile and it will save you a walk with shopping bags.

very nearly perfect!, 2011-06-11
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Nice side tie docks, up to about 4 boats, walkable to food lion, drugstore, Auto store (where you can dump your old oil)and great mexican restuarant, quiet, trash avialable.

great place to stop, 2010-11-12
Captain: , miami,fl (2241)

came thur lock at 1100 and got on dock - went to food lion across street and the la famila for great margaritas and good cheap food - at o730 go over to lock and have coffee with robert - lock operator and meet a really great guy who is a weath of information --

Great (free) stop/great lock keeper, 2010-11-02
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Previous reviews consistent with our experience. Dock space looked greater than at visitor center. Short walk to new Italian restaurant (pretty good) across bridge in small shopping mall. Lock keeper had everybody over for coffee in the morning - bring him a conch shell for his collection - he laso has a great dog.

Free dock great protection western shore at south end of lock chamber, 2010-10-13
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

The dock is along side very sturdy with water available at north end. No power (access locked) even though power stations are on the railing. Deep water to the north end (10'). Great spot to avoid the crowds at the Visitor's center if you can not make it to South Mills before the 3:30 locking or to stage for the run through the restricted Bridge in Norfolk.

Quiet spot, 2010-06-11
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

May 10-Barge tied up, heading to Norfolk forthe Harborfest.
Still plenty of room to tie up.

May 09-We tied up to the small dock before the bridge, walk to the grocery store and hardware store for supplies then went through the bridge and stayed here....nice place. Filled up on water, walked the park and we will leave in the morning. Gas Station within walking distance. No boat traffic.

Great free dock!, 2009-10-27
Captain: , baltimore md (644)

We have stayed here several times. Do let the lock master know that you are not making a complete passage, ie bridge and lock. The Bonnie Blue was sold and i don't think it docks here anymore. Walk or bike to grocery store, Mex resturant etc. Very well built dock and secure.

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