A canoe is being paddled on the Anacostia River with trees in the background
Anacostia Park's boat ramp provides public water access.

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Anacostia Park doesn't just have great view of the river, it has public access! You can come out and enjoy boating, sailing, rowing, kayaking or paddleboarding on the Anacostia River.

Pubic Boat Ramp

The boat ramp is located at the north end of Anacostia Drive SE. Vehicle and trailer parking is adjacent to the boat ramp. The boat ramp and parking is free.

Kayakers are floating in the Anacostia River, there is a train bridge behind them.
Kayakers gather near the Anacostia Boat ramp on the Anacostia River.

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- Wear a lifejacket at all times.
- Research your route and leave an itinerary with a friend or loved one.
- Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for inclimate weather.
- Know the tide and do not get stuck in the mud.
- Bring extra drinking water and food and a cell phone (in a waterproof bag).

Review D.C.'s Harbor and Boating Safety Regulations prior to launching your watercraft.

Plan ahead to enjoy your time on the river!


The Anacostia River is a freshwater tidal river. The tide rises and falls around 3 feet twice daily. Be aware of shallow areas and creeks and plan accordingly. Review tide charts for the Anacostia River before your trip.


There are no boat rentals at Anacostia Park. However, local agencies offer opportunities for getting on the river.

- You can rent kayaks, canoes and rowboats from April through October just across the DC line in Maryland at Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

- Guded boat tours are offered by the Anacostia Watershed Society and Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

Adventure Awaits

The Anacostia River offers excellent views of wildlife and access to city-life as well. This trail map provides information on the different areas you can visit including:
- Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
- The National Arboretum
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park
- The Navy Yard
- Nationals Park
- Langston Golf Course
- Seafarers Yacht Club

Kayakers paddle down the Anacostia River. Trees and a bridge are in the background.
Kayakers paddle down the Anacostia River.

Photo courtesy of Team River Runner (TRR) - Southern Maryland

Last updated: December 28, 2022

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Mailing Address:

1900 Anacostia Drive, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020


202 692-6080

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