Lake Drummond is one of only two natural lakes in the state. Located in the Great Dismal Swamp, this large, shallow impoundment is known for its dark acidic water. The lake encompasses over 3000 acres, the majority of which is less than six feet deep.

Bowfin and longnose gar are the dominant predator species in the lake. Other species include black crappie, yellow perch, chain pickerel, flier, and bullhead catfish. During the spring, the lake is known for its crappie fishing.

Along its eastern shore, Lake Drummond can be accessed by boat via a feeder ditch off the Dismal Swamp Canal. Along Route 17, south of Deep Creek, a state maintained ramp provides access to the feeder ditch. Approximately three miles up the ditch is a lock, and self-operated winch and rail, which can pull boats up to the lake. The lock is managed and serviced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Lake Drummond can also be accessed from a refuge road on the western side.

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