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Come enjoy a fresh paddling experience at the Wharf

All the exciting recreation DC has to offer in one convenient location! Located at The Wharf on DC’s Southwest Waterfront, The Wharf Boathouse compliments the exciting activities of the area with superb water adventures.

Paddlers enjoy the classic Boating in DC services like paddleboard rentals and a water jitney for quick transportation across the channel. Kayakers, paddleboarders and Jitney riders also enjoy the water views of the crystal high rises reflecting the sun over fleets of beautiful boats docked at The Wharf Boathouse’s expansive marina.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Group Event Inquiries

This form is for groups of 20 boats or more.

Wharf - 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)

POLICIES & PAYMENT PROCEDURES

BLACKOUTS

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

ADULT CHILD RATIO

  • 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.

RESTRICTIONS/GUIDELINES

  • 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. 
Sending

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.

Driving & Biking

Whether you’re driving in from far away or coming from downtown DC, getting to The Wharf is easy— just off I-395/I-695 and 7th Street SW. Garage parking off Maine Avenue SW and street parking is available…

Ride your bike along the Riverwalk Trail System or see the sights and monuments of the National Mall before making your way to The Wharf. Once you arrive here, you’ll find plenty of places to secure your bike.

Shuttle & Public Transportation

The Wharf offers an SW Neighborhood Shuttle that is free and open to the public. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the shuttle from The Wharf to the National Mall, with stops at L’Enfant Plaza each way…

Roundtrip Shuttle Route

The Wharf at 800 Maine Ave. SW
L’Enfant Plaza Metro/VRE station at 7th St. and Maryland Ave. SW
National Mall at 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW
L’Enfant Retail on 10th St. SW (future home of the International Spy Museum)

Wharf Jitney Regulations

Public Transportation

Metro Stations

Waterfront Metro Green Line
5-minute walk to Waterfront Metro: Head southwest on Maine Ave. SW, which will turn into M St. SW. Turn left onto 4th St. SW, and the Metro station will be on your right.

L’Enfant Plaza Metro Blue, Orange, Silver, Green, Yellow lines
8-minute walk to L’Enfant Plaza Metro: Head north on 7th Street SW, turn right onto D St. SW, and the Metro will be on your right.

Bus Lines

5214th Street Line: Takoma Metro Station to L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, with an eastbound stop at Maine Ave. SW in front of CVS, and westbound stop at 9th St. SW and Maine Ave. SW

74 Convention Center–Southwest Waterfront Line: Washington Convention Center to Fort McNair
P6 Anacostia–Eckington Line: Anacostia Metro Station to Rhode Island Ave. Metro Station
V1 Benning Heights–M Street Line: Benning Heights to Smithsonian Metro Station
W9 South Capitol Street Line: L’Enfant Plaza Metro station to Coast Guard HQ (to Livingston a.m. only)

Group Event Inquiries