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Home > Visit a Gateway > Potomac River Water Trail
Potomac River Water Trail - Maryland and Virginia shorelines, from Washington DC to confluence with the Chesapeake Bay
Activities:

Experience the Potomac River Water Trail by boat, canoe or kayak. The Potomac is suitable for sailing and motoring all the way to Washington DC. The river is quite wide in its lower half - up to 12 miles near the Chesapeake Bay; adverse weather conditions can make it particularly dangerous for canoeists or kayakers.

When on the river, you can fish, look for wildlife, visit riverside communities and historic sites, or just enjoy the surrounding landscape. The Potomac River Water Trail Map & Guide provides information on many sites along the river, including a number of other Chesapeake Bay Gateways: Mason Neck State Park, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Leesylvania State Park, Piscataway Park, Smallwood State Park, Westmoreland State Park, St. Clement's Island - Potomac River Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse, Point Lookout State Park, Historic St. Mary's City, Potomac Gateway Welcome Center, George Washingon Birthplace National Monument, and Reedville Fishermen's Museum). Visit these sites to learn more about the Potomac and the Bay.

Be sure to consult a water trail guide, detailed maps and local conditions prior to any river trip! Follow all safety precautions.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking
Facilities: There are many existing public or commercial launch sites along the water trail route. Launch sites provide parking and access to the river. Communities and sites along the route provide a variety of visitor services. Consult the water trail map and guide for details.
Length: 100 miles / 161 kilometers
Accessibility: State and federal parks have ADA accessible facilities. Other sites will vary.

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