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Boating and Sailing

 

Fletcher's Boathouse
If you wish to spend a couple of hours taking in the scenic C&O canal, Fletcher's boathouse has a large selection of canoes, rowboats and bicycles available for rent. Rates for the boats are about $8 per hour or $16-$18 for the day. There is a large picnic area located just off the water where you can sit and watch the canal's activities. Besides cycling and canoeing, many people come to the C&O to fish for freshwater fish like bass, perch and shad. You can also get a fishing license at Fletcher's.
4940 Canal Road   (202) 244-0461   Spring hours daily 5:30 Am to 5 PM   ; Summer hours weekdays 7:30AM to 7:30 PM, weekends 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Thompson's Boat Center
Located between the Kennedy Center and Georgetown's Washington Harbor, Thompson's Boat Center has boats and bicycles available for rent. Rates for bicycles are about $6 per hour or $20 for the day.
Rock Creek Pkwy. and Virginia Ave. NW  (202) 333-9543 

Paddle Basin
Located in front of the Jefferson Memorial, Paddle Basin offers pedal boats for rent. Paddleboats are a great way to see the Jefferson Memorial and other sites along the Tidal Basin. Call ahead to check availability and rates. 
East side of Tidal Basin in front of Jefferson Memorial.  (202) 479-2426

Jack's Boats
Located under the Key Bridge in Georgetown, Jack's Boats has canoes and rowboats for rent. A great way to see the sites that line the Potomac River. Rates are about $8 per hour or $25 for the day. 
2000 K Street NW   (202) 337-9642

Washington Sailing Marina
With a variety of watercraft available for rent, the Washington Sailing Marina has a boat for any level of sailor. Beginners can take out sunfish and smaller boats, while larger boats are reserved for more experienced sailors. Windsurfers are also available.
South of National Airport  on George Washington Pkwy.    (703) 548-9027

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