dc kayaking

DC Area Kayak Rental Guide

Up the creek with a paddle

Flat water kayaking is a fun high-energy, low-impact exercise for most age groups. The waterways of the Washington, D.C. area offer a variety of kayaking experiences at reasonable prices. Within a few miles of each other kayakers can experience urban and bucolic settings. Many kayak rental locations are accessible by popular trails; some are even located Metro and bus stops.

DC KAYAKIng rentals

Paddle inside and outside the Beltway

Kayak rental locations open for the 2023 season are marked green, closed locations are marked red. The Potomac, Anacostia, Occoquan and Patuxent rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay and several lakes are featured.

DC Kayaking flag - three red kayak icons over two red bars on a white field.
Virginia is for kayaking
Maryland kayaking flag


  • Labor Day is last chance for 2023 at some DC Kayaking locations

    Labor Day is last chance for 2023 at some DC Kayaking locations

    The last weekend of “summer” is also the final weekend many Washington, D.C. area kayaking locations are open. It’s a shame too, because September and October are also the best time of year for kayaking. Lower temperatures and dew points are a welcome respite after several months of hazy, hot and humid. Sadly, the DC…

  • Public comment open for Four Mile Run Kayak launch project

    Public comment open for Four Mile Run Kayak launch project

    The Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation is planning a public, ADA-accessible kayak and canoe launch. The Conservatory has “conducted environmental investigations to evaluate impacts of the proposed project on cultural resources, threatened and endangered species, wetland and water resources, water quality, and environmental justice.” They can be viewed on the Kayak Launch Project. Show your…

  • 2023 Independence Day DC kayaking

    2023 Independence Day DC kayaking

    Most kayak rental locations in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland are open for Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. Washington, D.C. Ballpark Boathouse District Wharf Fletchers Cove Thompson Boat Center Key Bridge Boathouse Northern Virginia Belle Haven Marina Boat Rentals at Lake Anne – not open July 3 Burke Lake Park Marina (fishing license required)…


  • A tourist guide to Chicago kayak rentals

    A tourist guide to Chicago kayak rentals

    CHICAGO — When I learned I would be headed here for a mid-October conference, I investigated whether I could rent a kayak. I found several options though given the time of year, the weather would be a big factor, just as it is in Washington, D.C. Thankfully, the day I arrived, Sunday, October 16 the…

  • 7 Mile Island kayaking

    7 Mile Island kayaking

    AVALON, N.J. — Kayaking doesn’t take a holiday just because I’m down the Shore. The last two years, I’ve “gone to the gym” at Moran’s Dockside. Located at 14th Street and 3rd Avenue, Moran’s primary business is hoagies. They are also adjacent to the Avalon Sport Fishing Center. Rentals are $25. Paddlers can navigate a…


DC Kayaking is a project by William F. Yurasko to promote kayaking in the National Capital region.

William first kayaked in 2013 in the Bahamas. Paddling on the Chesapeake at an annual company picnic in subsequent years encouraged more interest.

Photo by Chris Thompson