Rowboats at Fletcher's Boathouse

Fletcher's Boathouse

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Status ImageOn October 30th, our Fletcher location is closed for the season. Please check back in this spring for opening dates.

Paddle. Relax. Explore… and leave the rest on shore.

Because of the unique access to both the Potomac River as well as the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Fletcher’s Boathouse has been a local renowned paddling and fishing destination since the 1850s.

Bring your poles, rent a rowboat and spend a peaceful day casting your line for the big one. While at Fletcher’s, you can pick up your fishing license at the Tackle Shack, along with carefully chosen fishing tackle suitable for local angling, plus snacks and refreshments.

If you’re more of a landlubber, you and your family can rent bicycles for a leisurely ride along the miles of beautiful trails.

Fletcher’s offers a carefully chosen selection of fishing tackle, suitable for local angling. This includes Okuma brand spinning rod and reel combos, Eagle Claw hooks, Spider Wire monofilament, Mepps, Rooster Tail and Cotton Cordell brand lures and Water Gremlin sinkers. Fletcher’s also carries the best selection of shad darts and spoons in the Mid-Atlantic region.


From fishing and boating to exploring the river, Fletcher’s Boathouse has activities your whole family will enjoy. Grab a boat and get on the water today!

Float Plan Agreement
All boat renters need this form at our boathouse locations and we encourage you to print and fill it out ahead of time so you have more time in the water!


From 495, take the Glen Echo exit. You will be on Clara Barton Parkway. Follow Clara Barton Parkway until it becomes Canal Road at Chain Bridge. Continue on Canal Road until the entrance of Fletcher’s at Canal and Reservoir*

From 66 East, take the Rosslyn exit to Key Bridge. Take a left onto Canal Road after crossing over Key Bridge. Bear left at Foxhall to stay on Canal Road, and continue onward until the entrance of Fletcher’s at Canal and Reservoir.

Parking is available on both sides of the canal. To reach the west side parking lot, go through the auto tunnel, which takes you under the canal.

*Canal Road access is subject to weekday morning and evening one way rush hour restrictions.