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Ride the Wave at National Harbor

Spend the day suspended in the air and then walking on water at the National Harbor! Our boathouse sits along the Potomac River and outside the vibrant, scenic waterfront where the Capitol Wheel lights up the skies and spins you toward the stars; the perfect complement to your aquatic adventure. Featuring kayak/paddleboard rentals and paddleboard lessons, the boathouse is a great place to start an unforgettable day of fun at the National Harbor. Join us and enjoy this wonderful Boating in DC destination!

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!

Float Plan Agreement

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Driving & Request a Ride

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.

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Water Taxi & Bicycling

Water Taxi

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


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

River Forecasts & Safe Paddling

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.

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 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.

Enjoy Daily Boating

Season Passes

Daily paddling from one of our seven DC area boathouses
2-Hour or 4-Hour pass options available
Early access to upcoming special events
A friend can paddle free of charge with you in a multi-occupancy boat!