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Occoquan River

Lake Ridge, Va.

WEB SITE: Prince William County Government

2024 SEASON:
April 6 – June 15 weekends: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
June 16 – August 24 weekdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
August 22 – September 18 weekends: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
September 22 – October 13 weekends: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

Located on the Occoquan Resevoir and operated by Prince William County, Lake Ridge includes a full service marina. In addition to kayak rentals, there are canoes, pedal boats, standup paddleboards and jon boats. An universal access boat launch is also open year round.

Getting there

🅿 – Free 

News

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Occoquan

WEB SITE: Penguin Paddling

2024 SEASON:
Open April 20 – Mid-September
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m

Penguin is owned and operated by a Fairfax County first responder. It’s part of the charming Prince William County town of Occoquan which is a destination in and of itself. There are several restaurants along the river. The Occoquan River is generally calm and narrow here, so it’s a good location for new kayakers. Occoquan is scenic and there are bridges for VA 123, Interstate 95 and US 1 to paddle under.

Getting there

🅿 – Free 

News

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

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    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)…


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

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    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…


  • 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)…


Fairfax Station, Va.

WEB SITE: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

2023 SEASON:
March 11 -April 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 1 – 31 weekdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
June 1 – August 31 daily: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 1 – 30 weekdays: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 1 – November 11 daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority site, may have the longest kayak rental season in the area. Created by the damming of the Occoquan River, Fountainhead feels far removed from the bustling greater Washington, D.C. metro area.

Walk-up rentals are available.

Getting there

🅿 – Free 

News

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    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)…


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Occoquan

WEB SITE: Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

2024 SEASON:
April 1 – June 10 weekends: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 11 – August 28 daily: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
August 19 – October 31 weekends: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority site, there are limited, walk-up rentals available. The nearby Penguin Paddling, on the other side of the river, has more boats.

The Occoquan River is generally calm and narrow here, so it’s a good location for new kayakers. The town of Occoquan on the Prince William County side is scenic and there are bridges for VA 123, Interstate 95 and US 1 to paddle under. The water is tidal up until a dam just north of Occoquan.

Getting there

🚲 – Cross County Trail

🅿 – Free 

News

  • 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)…


  • 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…


  • 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)…