Norfolk District Navigation Mission

Since the U.S. Congress first appropriated money in 1884 to improve navigation on the James and Elizabeth rivers (Norfolk Harbor), the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been responsible for  removing shoals, snags and other obstacles. 

The district is also responsible for development and maintenance of coastal waterways, ports, and harbors to provide safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable waterborne transportation systems for commercial transportation, provide safe harbor of refuge for recreational boaters and provide safe navigation integral to national defense in the commonwealth of Virginia.


Deep Draft Projects

Deep draft navigation projects are projects maintained to depths of 14 feet or deeper and classified as medium to high commercial use (over 1 million tonnes annual).
Norfolk Harbor James River York River
Baltimore Harbor Cape Charles Harbor  


Shallow Draft Navigation Projects

Shallow draft navigation projects are projects maintained to depths shallower than 14 feet and have low commercial use (Less than 1 million tonnes annually), these projects may also provide a safe harbor of refuge.

Eastern Shore


Rudee Inlet

Chesconnessex Creek

Deep Creek (Accomack County)

Guilford Creek

Little Machipongo River

Nandua Creek

Occhannock Creek

Oyster Channel

Parker Creek

Parrots Creek

Quinby Creek 

Starlings Creek

Tangier Channels

Whitings Creek  

Waterway of Coastal Virginia

Wishart Point



Hampton Roads

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Channel from Phoebus

Deep Creek (Newport News)

Eastern Haven Creek

Fishermans Cove

Hampton Creek/Herberts Creek 

Knitting MIll Creek

Langley Air Force Base Back River

Little River (Creek) 

Long Creek Municipal Channel

Lynnhaven Inlet

Lafayette River Channel

Newport News Creek

Portsmouth Harbor

Rudee Inlet
Willoughby Channel




James River

Appomattox River

Bennett Creek

Jones Creek

Mill Creek        MARAD - James River   Nansemond River     


Skiffes Creek

Tylers Beach Channel


Rappahannock River

Greenvale Creek

Hoskins Creek

Locklies Creek

Rappahannock River


Urbanna Creek



Western Shore

Broad Creek


Back River, Messick Point


Cranes Creek


Davis Creek  


Dymers Creek


Horn Harbor


Jackson Creek 


Milford Haven


Queens Creek


Winter Harbor



York River

Aberdeen Creek 


Wormley Creek


York River