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Paddle, fish, explore, and then relax on the shore!

Tackle the Fletchers Boathouse fishing challenge! With access to the Potomac River as well as the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Fletchers Boathouse has been a locally renowned paddling and unique fishing destination since the 1850s. Visit the Tackle Shack for expertly chosen fishing tackle suitable for local angling, not to mention snacks and refreshments!

You can also seize the day at this quaint DC boathouse with any of your favorite boating rentals like paddling, rowboating, canoeing and kayaking. Or, experience the area through one of our spectacular guided kayak nature tours. If you’re more of a landlubber, you and your family can rent bicycles for a leisurely ride along the many miles of beautiful trails.

Tackle Shack

Fletchers offers a selection of fishing tackle including 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. Fletchers also carries the best selection of shad darts and spoons in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Row bows at Fletchers

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See what we can do as a community to change the tide and keep enjoying fishing and boating at Fletchers for generations to come!

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Group Event Inquiries

This form is for groups of 20 boats or more.

Fletchers - Group Event Inquiries
Preferred time of Event (Please note discounted rates are eligible on bookings Mon-Fri all day and Sat-Sun before 11am)
Preferred boat type (Select all that apply)



No group events on holidays (Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day)

No discounts on weekends after 11am (event end time) or any time on Thursdays


  • Under 8 = 1 adult* : 1 child 
  • Ages 8-12 = 1 adult* : 5 children (4 pedal boats) 
  • Ages 13-15 = 1 adult* : 8 children (6 pedal boats) 

* “adult” = 16 and older; at least one adult participant on the water must be over 18

Waivers must be completed by all minors' parents prior to the event.


  • Reservations and pre-payment are required for group events. Pre-payments must be made no later than 72 hours post booking. 
  • Groups not booked prior to 72 hours in advance cannot be guaranteed. 
  • One person must pay for full booking. 
  • No discounts on holidays, weekends after 11am or on Thursdays. 
  • Group reservations cancelled more than 72 hours in advance are eligible for refund of the pre-payment amount less a 10% registration fee or a full refund on to a gift card. 
  • No refunds will be provided for group events cancelled within 72 hours of the event time (this includes boats not used on day of event). 
  • A credit gift card will be provided for cancellations made after 72 hours, but a 20% registration fee will be deducted from the credit amount. 
  • Catering options are subject to their own cancellation policy. 
  • Rental period starts at the reserved time. No time will be added to your rental period if you are delayed arriving on site. 

Float Plan Agreement

All participants will need to complete the online waiver prior to arrival for your rental.

Download Float Plan Agreement

The waiver link can also be found in the green “Next Step” box in your rental confirmation email.

The link can be shared with all participants to complete so you are ready to go for your rental when you arrive on site.

Directions & Request a Ride

From 495, take the Glen Echo exit onto Clara Barton Parkway. Follow Clara Barton Parkway until it becomes Canal Road at Chain Bridge. Continue on Canal Road until the entrance of Fletchers at Canal and Reservoir. *Please consider that Canal Road access is subject to weekday morning and evening one way rush hour restrictions.

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 Fletchers at Canal and Reservoir.

Parking is available on both sides of the canal.Go through the auto tunnel under the canal to reach the west side parking lot.

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