The Potomac River Beach

Potomac River Beach
The Potomac River Beach

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Things to Know

The Potomac River Beach is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Use Caution

Swimming is discouraged year-round due to strong currents, underwater hazards, and poor water quality. Sharp dropoffs along the shoreline can create dangerous situations.

Fossil Collecting is Prohibited

Fossils are non-renewable resources. Once these paleontolgical resources are gone, their scientific value can never be replaced.

Things to Do


The following may be gathered by hand for personal use:

  • Unoccupied seashells
  • Driftwood or downed trees small enough to be carried out without dragging

Canoeing and Kayaking

  • The park shorelines along Popes Creek and ponds are closed to landing and launching of all boats/watercraft. The shoreline along the Potomac River beach is closed to motorized boats/watercraft
  • Canoes and kayaks may be launched from the Potomac River Beach as it is the only designated area for such activity in the park
  • Beach conditions can change daily. Careful consideration should be given to weather conditions and tidal current


The Fishing page states the required license and regulations for fishing along the Potomac River and Popes Creek.


  • There are no designated parking spaces. The parking lot is paved. Access to the beach is over a grassy area with a slight slope. There are no restrooms at the beach.


Last updated: May 3, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443


804 224-1732 x227

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