A municipal marina and two private marinas are on the north shore of Lake Rudee west of the bridge. Berths, electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, water, ice, and marine supplies are available; engine and electrical repairs can be made.
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The summer resort of Virginia Beach is about 5 miles southward of Cape Henry Light. Many high-rise buildings and two water tanks are prominent. Some of these are lighted at night. A hotel cupola, 3.4 miles south of Cape Henry Light, is distinctive.
Rudee Inlet, at the southern end of Virginia Beach and about 6 miles south of Cape Henry Light, is protected by two jetties at the entrance. A dredged channel leads between the jetties to a basin just inside the jetties, thence westward to a safety area about 0.2 mile above the jetties, thence northwestward to Lake Rudee. While dredging operations attempt to maintain Rudee Inlet channel to a depth of 10 feet, the inlet is subject to continual shoaling. Rudee Inlet is marked by lighted buoys and a light. A lighted whistle buoy is about 1 mile east-northeast of the jetties.
The inlet leads northward to Lake Rudee, and southward to Lake Wesley. Two fixed highway bridges with a least clearance of 28 feet crosses the arm of the inlet leading to Lake Rudee. Several overhead power and telephone cables with a least known clearance of 54 feet cross eastward of the bridge.