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    Seasonal updates and other features about kayaking in and around Washington, D.C.

  • Where to kayak around D.C. on Juneteenth 2024

    Where to kayak around D.C. on Juneteenth 2024

    Several kayak rental locations in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland are open for Juneteenth, Wednesday, June 19. Washington, D.C. Ballpark Boathouse District Wharf Thompson Boat Center Key Bridge Boathouse Fletchers Cove Northern Virginia Belle Haven Marina Boat Rentals at Lake Anne Burke Lake Park Marina (fishing license required) Fountainhead Regional Park Lake Accotink Lake…

  • Memorial Day 2024 DC area kayaking season openings

    Memorial Day 2024 DC area kayaking season openings

    Memorial Day weekend is the traditional, cultural start of summer and when most if not all DC area kayak rental locations open for the season. The map gets really green! Washington, D.C. Every DC location to rent a kayak has already opened. Northern Virginia Opening this weekend Already open Maryland Opening this weekend Already open

  • Atlantic Kayak Co. opens; paddle under vintage planes

    Atlantic Kayak Co. opens; paddle under vintage planes

    This week’s opening is Atlantic Kayak Co. in Indian Head, Md. Located on Mattawoman Creek, Atlantic Kayak also also tours of the Mallows Bay and its shipwrecks. Saturday flyover On Saturday, May 11, a dozens of vintage planes will be flying over several kayak rental locations. From Washingtonian: the planes will follow the Potomac River…

  • More openings and additions to the dckayaking map

    More openings and additions to the dckayaking map

    The first weekend of May welcomes two more kayak rental locations for the season. Also, new locations are now on the map. The District Ballpark Boathouse is opening before Memorial Day weekend for the first time ever. Located across the street from Nationals Park, this Boating in DC location is one of my favorites. Here,…

  • More kayak rental locations opening in DC, Northern Virginia April 20

    More kayak rental locations opening in DC, Northern Virginia April 20

    Several more Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia kayak rental providers are opening for the season. On April 20, Boating in DC is opening their Potomac River locations, Fletcher Cove (daily), Key Bridge (daily) and Thompson Boat Center (varies). District Wharf has been opened for three weeks already on weekends. In Northern Virginia, Penguin Paddling (daily)…

  • District Wharf location opens for 2024 DC kayaking season

    District Wharf location opens for 2024 DC kayaking season

    District Wharf Boathouse is now open for the 2024 DC Kayaking season, Friday – Sunday until May 28, then daily. Operated by Boating in DC, the Wharf Boathouse offers kayaks and paddleboards on Washington Channel. The boundaries are between the Francis Case Bridge and the buoys down by the Army War College. The Wharf Jitney is…

  • The 2024 kayaking season is starting in the DC area

    The 2024 kayaking season is starting in the DC area

    Winter is gone! It’s time to get out on the water and start paddling again. Over the next several weeks, kayak rental locations will slowly start opening again in the greater Washington, D.C. area. A few locations are already open: District Wharf will be the first inside the Nation’s Capital to open on March 29.…

  • Thompson Boat Center gets extra weekend; outside the Beltway locations still open

    Thompson Boat Center gets extra weekend; outside the Beltway locations still open

    Friday evening, Boating in DC announced that Thompson Boat Center in Foggy Bottom will open for two more days. The news isn’t surprising – it seems to happen annually. It wouldn’t have hurt to have told everybody a little earlier. Other places to rent a kayak this weekend Don’t want to head into the District?…

  • 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…