Kayaker and paddleboarder at National Harbor

National Harbor

Our Newest DC Location To Set You Free

National Harbor along the Potomac River is our newest Boating in DC location. We are so excited to be a part of this vibrant, scenic waterfront! Our experienced staff on the docks love everything there is about boating and is ready to get you started on your personal water adventure.

Enjoy some fun and fitness on the water in a stand-up paddleboarding class. Take a kayak out on your own to explore this beautiful area.

Activities

Make your trip to D.C. unforgettable with a day at National Harbor. We have activities for any skill level, and our expert staff will get you exciting about boating.

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!

Directions


From Washington, DC

Driving to National Harbor is easy, with plenty of parking available!Take I-295 S, National Harbor exit 1B.

From Maryland

Merge onto I-495/I-95 Capital Beltway – Inner Loop. After Exit 4, stay in the right-hand lanes to follow the “local lanes.” Take National Harbor Exit 2A.


Water Taxi
From Alexandria, the Water Taxi is a pretty cool way to show up right at our dock! Click for more info

Bicycle
From Mount Vernon Trail, take the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail into National Harbor.


We take safety on the Potomac and Anacostia very seriously. Even though it may seem like a beautiful day in DC, there are times that we need to close the facility due to unsafe river conditions.

First, the water temperature must be above 60 degrees to paddle without safety equipment such as wetsuits and drysuits. For extra safety just in case anyone falls in, we also enforce a “120 rule,” making sure that air temperature + water temperature is more than 120 degrees.

Second, river conditions can be dangerous if it rains to the west and the Potomac floods. Sometimes it’s hard to tell just how strong the current is, so we use the following guidelines, based on two monitoring stations watching for flood conditions.

The first monitoring station is upstream of the Key Bridge Boathouse. This is a good indication of water movement coming down to us. The second is a monitoring station right downstream of us at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. If the thick blue line of both stations is below the yellow the river is in a calm state. If one of the stations thick blue line in in the yellow then there is a risk and we will make a determination. If both stations thick blue line is in the yellow then we will be closed. There are other considerations as well.

So if you think there is bad weather please call us at (202) 337-9642.