Cruising the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia from the Peninsula where Gloucester begins northward to Mathews, Gwynn’s Island, Deltaville, Urbanna and Kilmarnock is scenic and filled with solitude. Enjoy the peaceful marshes, quiet rural and plantation lifestyles along the shoreline, and abundant wildlife and natural surroundings. The mouth of Mobjack Bay is about 4 miles wide and and the bay spans 7 miles. The bay has four main tributaries: the East, North, Ware and Severn Rivers. Above Mobjack Bay is Horn Harbor, where New Point Comfort Lighthouse has been lighting the mariner’s way into this tranquil part of the Chesapeake Bay since 1804. There are only a few marinas along the way, but you’ll find many sprinkled along the tidal inlets and creeks that populate this part of the bay.

Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville, Virginia –
This Yacht club has waterfront property on both Fishing Bay and Jackson Creek. It’s close to the site of the Urbanna Oyster Festival, which happens annually. The boat launch allows access for visiting trailered yachts. A brand new, elegant two-story clubhouse is a meeting place during boat races. Stove Point, Deltaville, Virginia. Phone: (804) 776-9636.

Mathews Yacht Club, Mathews Virginia –
No transient slips are available at this marina, because it is a private club. Boaters are welcome to stop by and purchase gas. This exclusive club has a small waiting list for membership. Inquire with the Mathews Yacht Club for more information on obtaining a membership. Phone: (804) 725-3165.

Mobjack Bay Marina, North Virginia, Virginia
This marina offers about 5 transient slips for boaters on a Chesapeake Bay journey. Gas and diesel fuel, as well as basic provisions from the Ship’s Store can be obtained here. Amenities include restrooms and hot showers, as well as a picnic area. Bicycles are available for use. A boat launch and a travel lift are available at Mobjack Bay Marina, and they repair boats. 450 Marina Road, North Virginia. Phone: (804) 725-7245.

Norton’s Marina, Deltaville, Virginia –
This marina on Broad Creek in Deltaville offers quite a few amenities for the Boater. Over 60 covered slips are available for the weary traveler. Gas, diesel and ice can be purchased here, and towing and docking services are available. Broad Creek, Deltaville, Virginia. Phone: (804) 776-9211.

Chesapeake Boat Basin, Kilmarnock, Virginia
This 50 year-old marina is a well-established favorite for Chesapeake Bay area boaters. Stop here for fuel, pump out sewage, visit the ship’s store to stock up on supplies, or make repairs. Chesapeake Boat Basin is on Indian Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. 1686 Waverly Avenue, Kilmarnock, VA. Phone: 804-435-3110 or 877-482-4287.

Queens Creek Marina, Mathews County, Virginia
Queens Creek Marina accommodates sailboats and fuel powered boats with special slips for each. This quiet marina is well kept and has a clean bathhouse and a picnic area that is covered. For the fisherman anxious to eat a fresh catch, the fish cleaning station comes in handy. Boats on trailers can be stored Queen’s Creek Marina and it is only two miles to the Gwynn’s Island boat ramp. This well protected waterway also allows for easy access to the Chesapeake Bay and the Piankatank River. Cell phone access available here. Call 804-730-5818 or 725-2395 or email

Regent Point Marina, Topping, Virginia
This marina caters to only sailboats. Explore Topping Virginia by bicycle or small craft by renting a bike or canoes or kayaks. A family friendly picnic area and playground is a nice feature. The boatyard provides hauling and boat repair facilities. Boaters on the Chesapeake Bay will find Regent Point Marina in Toppping, Virginia a safe harbor during storms. The marina is located on Locklies Creek which feeds into the Rappahannock River, near Urbanna, Virginia. 317 Regent Point Drive, Topping, Virginia. Phone: 804-758-4478.

If you are searching high and low for a waterfront estate, property with waterfront, country estate, or plantation on a waterway, this area of Virginia is prime. I’m a local Realtor who grew up in Tidewater Virginia and I’m familiar with the terrain and the waterways as well as the colonial history of the area, when the population relied on waterways for travel and trade. Please call me at 757-288-4685 if I can be of assistance in locating a waterfront property. Or e-mail me at if you want me to assist in a search for a waterfront estate or waterfront property in the Northern Neck counties of Virginia, in the heart of Chesapeake Bay country.