Lake Drummond (Virginia)

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Lake Drummond is a freshwater lake at the center of the Great Dismal Swamp, a marshy region on the Coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in the United States.Management of the lake is the responsibility of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

This lake is 97 acres in size. It is approximately 49 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

Lake Drummond is one of only two natural freshwater lakes in Virginia. The other, Mountain Lake in Giles County, is also of unknown origin. Curiously, both are lakes essentially on top of hills. Lake Drummond is the highest point in the Dismal Swamp, with nine ditches flowing out of it.

Lake Drummond and much of the Great Dismal Swamp are within the bounds of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, officially established through The Dismal Swamp Act of 1974. The refuge includes almost 107,000 acres of forest wetlands. North Carolina established a state park to protect another portion of the swamp. Dismal Swamp State Park protects 22 square miles of forested wetlands.

The other natural lake, Mountain Lake in Giles County, even disappears at times. Mountain Lake may have formed on Salt Pond Mountain by eroding a basin into an unusual structure in the Clinch Sandstone formation. There, cracks in the sandstone have formed a depression allowing water to seep underground, etching a lake basin in the bedrock. Intermittently, the cracks are opened (allowing Mountain Lake to drain and be replaced by a meadow) or blocked (causing the lake to reform).

Chesapeake and Suffolk, Virginia

Lake Drummond

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