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Oak Grove Lake Park, Chesapeake

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  • Great spot to run, walk or rides. 1.5 mile loop on wide, flat trail around the lake with picnic areas and a large beach area. Very popular, parking gets cramped.  more »
  • It has green water intentionally,something to do with the alge.There is a path that goes around the entire lake,I think it's a little over a mile around.There are several places to stop,sit and enjoy ...  more »
  • Do not miss this park! Such a perfect place to spend the day! Fish, relax and enjoy. You will not regret it , bring cold drinks, a blanket and a camera! Oh, bring Fido too!  more »
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  • Great park for a little exercise! The unpaved, hard-packed trail goes all the way around the lake. You can walk, run, bicycle, and bring your dog on a leash if you like. There are exercise stations at intervals around the 1.5 mile loop around the lake. But watch out for tree roots and "potholes" in places. You can fish from designated areas, and one weekend recently I saw a group kayaking and paddle boarding on the lake. They have a children's playground, and several picnic tables all the way around, but there are no permanent restrooms, only portables. The park is very well groomed by city park personnel. The parking area is very small, so finding a place to park can be challenging at times. The park is worth the challenge, though.
  • I love that you can run and have some shade in the summer and some sun in the winter! The 1/4 mile markers are great for pacing yourself! Plus there are always dogs.
  • This little lake park is beautiful. It has a 1.5 mile walking/running trail all around it with plenty of observation stops. Clear water and just very peaceful!!
  • It's a beautiful place that's not too far from home (Norfolk) with some beautiful scenery, benches and tables which can be used for whatever your purpose is, and long walking/jogging/running paths (If fitness is your thing!) You can also stroll leisurely, but beware: the walkers, joggers, runners, and cyclists are ALL USING THE SAME PATHS! Not that it's a really HUGE deal, but it can be a big deal if someone is not paying attention and they get into the picture you're snapping, or run head on into the bicyclist coming the other way! In other words, it's just like any other park in America, except a lot cleaner than some and a bit less crowded , depending on what time you come. Meaning, if you're looking to have a leisurely bit of quiet time, don't come most of the day Saturday or early afternoon on Sunday, everyone else has the same plan!! LOL I really enjoyed my time there, and there was only one thing that really got me highly aggravated. In some places the water comes right to the edges of the little clear areas, which can be inviting to some people. There are signs posted everywhere however which forbid going into the water. I don't know why, but if the signs are posted there must be a good reason though, right? Well, there was a woman who not only had gone in the water (which was waist deep) she had a small child in there with her! To make it worse, when I walked back past the spot as I was leaving, there were now 2 women in the water, and two more children!!! And these were not teenage children, these were toddlers!! If there'd been anyone around to report it to, I would have gone straight to them, and that's what aggravated me. I could find no signs posted with information for emergencies! Is there really no one who ever patrols the grounds to make sure that serious happenings (say an assault or a child gone missing) can get reported quickly to the proper authorities?
  • My wife and I go for walks there often, for exercise and to walk our dog. There is a picnic area and play ground with enough equipment to support the largest of families. They have sheltered picnic tables next to the playground so it is easy to supervise the little ones. The lake is stocked with bass, sunfish, catfish and I have been told crappie. The path around the lake is shaded for most of it's 1.5 mile length, well marked and wide enough for all users. Walking, running, bike riding along with pets on a leash,(no longer than 6 feet in length), are allowed. There are several piers around the lake for fishing, watching wildlife and operating radio controlled boats. This is a fantastic place for people with disabilities or health issues to go for a walk or to exercise, with it's flat terrain, easy access for wheel chairs and EMS vehicles with close proximity to Chesapeake General, it gives us older folks some piece of mind. There is an abundance of wildlife for viewing both on the lake and in the surrounding woods, the last time we were there we saw a rare Pileated Woodpecker and also noticed a large number of Mullberry Trees who's berries should be ripe around the end of May into June.

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