The canal has a controlled depth of 6 foot. For the latest updates on water levels click here
The Dismal Swamp State Park rents canoes and kayaks for your enjoyment of the canal in North Carolina. Access is provided for canoes and kayaks beside the State Park bridge. If you have your own boat then you may consider traveling the three mile Feeder Ditch to Lake Drummond which is located seven miles north of the Welcome Center, near Ballahack Road, Chesapeake, VA. Lake Drummond offers primitive camping, restrooms (seasonal non-potable water) and picnic shelters. Boat access is also available on Route 343 at Sawyer's Creek in Camden County, NC.