Woodbridge

(Woodbridge, VA)

Landmark

Belmont Bay Mason Neck State Park

Mason Neck State Park is located in Fairfax County, Virginia. The park is on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River to the east.


RestaurantAccessibleByWater

Blu Restaurant

Meat & seafood dishes are menu staples at this informal eatery & bar with a riverside patio.


Landmark

Columbia Island

  • George Washington Memorial Pkwy
    Arlington, VA 22202
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Columbia Island is an island located in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in the United States. It formed naturally as an extension of Analostan Island in the latter part of the 1800s, and over time erosion and flooding severed it from Analostan. The U.S. federal government deposited material dredged from the Potomac River on the island between 1911 and 1922, and again from 1925 to 1927. The island was also reshaped by the government at this time. It received the name "Columbia Island" about 1918. In 1968, the island was renamed Lady Bird Johnson Park. Located within the park are the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial GroveNavy – Merchant Marine Memorial, and the Columbia Island Marina. The island, park, memorials, and marina are part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and administered by the National Park Service.


Beach

Fairview Beach


Restaurant

Fletcher's Boathouse (Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals)

Because of the unique access to both the Potomac River as well as the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Fletcher’s Boathouse has been a local renowned paddling and fishing destination since the 1850s.

Bring your poles, rent a rowboat and spend a peaceful day casting your line for the big one. While at Fletcher’s, you can pick up your fishing license at the Tackle Shack, along with carefully chosen fishing tackle suitable for local angling, plus snacks and refreshments.

If you’re more of a landlubber, you and your family can rent bicycles for a leisurely ride along the miles of beautiful trails.


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Ft. Washington Marina

  • 13600 King Charles Terrace
    Ft. Washington, MD 20744
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Description
The very friendly, knowledgeable staff oversees one of the largest and most beautiful marinas off the Potomac River. From our NEW Concrete Floating Docks located on one of the most pristine, natural, undeveloped settings, your view of Piscataway Creek is one of the most peaceful and beautiful anywhere. To the West, you can actually see the Mount Vernon Mansion across the Potomac! Convenient by boat and car to Washington D.C. and Alexandria Virginia.
The beautiful, modern marina building features the manager's office and fully-air conditioned/heated, large shower, bathroom and laundry facilities. The NEW full service "Proud Mary Restaurant" features two dining rooms and a full-outdoor, waterfront TIKI BAR! Picnic areas with BBQ and a gazebo are available for boat owners' use. Kayak rentals and tours on premises.

Slip Information
Modern 10 acre facility with 300 slips and NEW Concrete Floating Docks for boats up to 60'. Services offered: Gas & Diesel Fuel; Pump-out; Ice; Laundry; Launching Ramp; WI-FI.

Boatyard Facilities
35 ton boat-lift for short-term service storage and winter storage. Do-it-yourself Service and on-site contractors for mechanical, hull and bottom paint service and fiberglass work.

Directions by Land
Rt. 95/495 to Rt. 210 South towards Indian Head for 4 miles, right on Fort Washington Road for 3 miles, left on Warburton Road and continue into marina entrance.


FuelDock

Gangplank Marina

Wharf Gangplank is a unique marina facility currently scheduled for a complete renovation located in the Washington Channel within walking distance of the Washington Monument. This facility provides a distinctive venue for local and transient boaters seeking the best of all worlds - the luxury of a boater's life and the proximity to the cosmopolitan attractions of the Nation's Capital. It's the perfect on-the-Potomac escape -whether for a week, a season or for a lifetime.


Shopping

Georgetown

Georgetown is a historic neighborhood, commercial, and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. Founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, the port of Georgetown predated the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington by 40 years. Georgetown remained a separate municipality until 1871, when the United States Congress created a new consolidated government for the whole District of Columbia. A separate act passed in 1895 specifically repealed Georgetown's remaining local ordinances and renamed Georgetown's streets to conform with those in the City of Washington.


Landmark

Gravelly Point, National Airport Public Ramp

Gravelly Point is an area within the National Park Service's George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States.[1] It is located on the west side of the Potomac River, north of Roaches Run and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.[1] The paved Mount Vernon Trail travels through the area.[2]

 
A couple at Gravelly Point watching an airplane approach Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from the north.
 
Airplane passing over Gravelly Point while approaching Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from the north.

Aircraft spotters and others use the area to see planes landing at the nearby airport.[3] The area also has a boat launch.[4]

In 1746, a house, on a plantation later named Abingdon, existed near Gravelly Point on property that Gerrard Alexander owned. The name of Alexandria, Virginia, commemorates Alexander's family.[5][6] In 1778, John Parke Custis, the son of Martha Washington and stepson of George Washington, purchased the plantation.[5] Martha Washington’s granddaughter Eleanor Parke Custis was later born on the plantation.[5] A house at Abingdon was destroyed by fire in 1930 and its ruins stabilized.[5]

In 2016, a bill was introduced in the United States House of Representatives to rename the site as Nancy Reagan Memorial Park.[7] The bill is not expected to pass.


Hains Point

Hains Point is located at the southern tip of East Potomac Park between the main branch of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel in southwest Washington, D.C.


FuelDock

Hampton's Landing Marina on the Potomac River

Offers convenient access to the Potomac River with covered and open slips, gas and diesel fuel service, marine parts and repair, boat towing, and more.


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James Creek Marina

James Creek Marina is located at the confluence of the Potomac, the Anacostia, and the Washington Channel directly east of Fort McNair. There are 297 wet slips that can accommodate vessels from 16 to 160+ feet. The docks are wooden floating structures with finger piers. Entrance to each dock is limited to James Creek Marina guests and visitors. James Creek has a winter de-icing system in place to keep the marina water in motion so that ice does not form during the colder months. The marina has a gas station with 89-octane unleaded, diesel, two-cycle oil and a pump out.

 

 

 

Landmark

Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the most important of the American Founding Fathers as the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congressgovernor of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia, American minister to King Louis XVI and the Kingdom of France, first U.S. Secretary of State under the first President George Washington, the second Vice President of the United States under second President John Adams, and also the third President (1801–1809), as well as being the founder of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia.


Leesylvania State Park

Leesylvania State Park is located in the southeastern part of Prince William County, Virginia. The land was donated in 1978 by philanthropist Daniel K. Ludwig, and the park was dedicated in 1985 and opened full-time in 1992.


Lincoln Memorial

  • 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW
    Washington, DC, DC 20037
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The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., across from the Washington Monument.


RestaurantAccessibleByWater

Madigan's Waterfront Restaurant

Casual riverside restaurant with patio seating & a tiki bar specializing in seafood, steaks & pasta.


Landmark

Mattawoman Creek (Great For Wakeboarding)

Mattawoman Creek is a 30.0-mile-long coastal-plain tributary to the tidal Potomac River with a mouth at Indian Head, Maryland, 20 miles downstream of Washington, D.C.


Mount Vernon - Home of George Washington

Mount Vernon was the plantation house of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. 


Entertainment

National Harbor

The Waterfront 

Stroll the riverside streets to confectionaries and boutiques

Gaylord National Resort

Treat yourself at the luxury resort, 5 minutes from the Plaza

MGM National Harbor

Winning in style at the casino’s shops is a quick boat ride away!

Tanger Outlets

Take the free shuttle to some of our best deals and brands

 

National Harbor is a development along the Potomac River in Oxon Hill, Prince George's County, Maryland just south of Washington, D.C. near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. It originated as a 300-acre multi-use waterfront development.

Delicious bites for even the most discerning palates

National Harbor is home to more than 30 delectable dining spots. Between decadent steakhouses and classic American fare to cozy coffee shops and tasty places to grab something sweet, we have something for every palate.

 


Landmark

National Mall

The National Mall is a national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The National Park Service administers the National Mall, which is part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit.


Nationals Ball Park

  • 1500 S Capitol St SE
    Washington, DC , DC 20003

Nationals Park is a baseball park located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It is the home ballpark for the Washington Nationals, the city's Major League Baseball franchise.


Shopping

Old Town Alexandria

Minutes from Washington D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria delights travelers from all over the world. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 that George Washington called home, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Visitors can also enjoy the free King Street Trolley or take advantage of our Key to the City museum pass for discounted access to 8 historic sites.

 

Landmark

Pohick Bay State Park

Pohick Bay Regional Park is a park operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority on Pohick Bay, part of the Potomac River. It is located north of Mason Neck State Park on State Route 242 in Fairfax County.


RestaurantAccessibleByWater

Proud Mary's Restaurant

  • 13600 King Charles Terrace
    Ft. Washington, MD 20744
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Eatery on the Potomac bringing together a seafood-heavy Southern & Cajun menu & cocktails.


Landmark

Quantico Marine Corps Base Training

  • Marine Corps Base Training at Quantico
    Quantico, VA 22134
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HISTORY OF MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO

Even before the Jamestown Settlement and Captain John Smith explored the banks of the Potomac River in 1608, the Spaniards had visited Quantico over 40 years earlier. Early Scottish colonists later settled in the Quantico area, growing tobacco for export.

The Quantico region was also home to many Revolutionary War heroes. During said war, American, British, and French armies used nearby roads to quickly move from one battlefield to another. During the Civil War, Confederate cannons blockaded Union traffic on the Potomac from the banks of the Quantico area. By the 1880s, the land Quantico resides on had been acquired by speculators, who would sell it to the Corps in 1917.

 

The Commandant of the Marine Corps established Marine Barracks Quantico on May 14, 1917. Thousands would be trained in Quantico during World War I, including units of the much- lauded 4th Marine Brigade. In 1920, Marine Corps Schools was founded, and in the words of then-Chief of Staff for Quantico, Col. Smedley D. Butler, their purpose was to “make this post and the whole Marine Corps a great university.”

 

Prospects of a Pacific war in the 1920s showed a need for revolutionary new tactics and hardware. The techniques of amphibious warfare were conceived, and perfected, in Quantico. Marines of the predecessor to today’s Marine Corps Systems Command designed the equipment, which ensured successful future amphibious operations. Quantico aviators also developed close-air support tactics to aid Marines on the ground.

 

The Caribbean “Banana Wars” would test these new tactics and the equipment developed in Quantico. The tactical units which would carry out the new amphibious operations became the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) in 1935. The FMF, headquartered in Quantico, perfected equipment and techniques in anticipation of its future Pacific role. When the headquarters of the FMF left in 1941, Quantico’s main task became the education of individual Marines, rather than the large unit training it had conducted in the past.

 

The amphibious warfare techniques developed in Quantico in the years before World War II made victory possible in the conflict’s Pacific theater. Quantico also trained 15,000 lieutenants, and numerous officers from other services, who helped lead the United States to victory.

 

In 1947, Quantico Marines conceived of carrying troops from ship-to-shore by helicopter and formed a special squadron to test the idea: Marine Helicopter Squadron-1, commonly referred to now as HMX-1. The helicopter techniques they used there later proved invaluable during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. More recently, Quantico played a large part in the development of vertical and/or short take-off and landing (or V/STOL) aircraft and amphibious assault ships. Quantico’s small, but vital, air facility and HMX-1 continue to aid in development, training, and education, as well as their most visible duty, support of the U.S. president.

 

On Jan. 1, 1968, the base was re-designated the Marine Corps Development and Education Command (MCDEC) in the spirit of the command motto, “Semper Progredi” — Always Forward.

During the summer of 1987, Quantico planners studied more efficient and streamlined ways in which MCDEC could ensure the Marine Corps of the future would be the best trained, led, disciplined, and equipped fighting force on the planet. On Nov. 10, 1987, the Marine Corps transitioned the Development and Education Command into the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), cementing Quantico’s central role in developing concepts, plans, doctrine, training and equipment for the 21st-century Marine Corps. From the combat development process other organizations emerged which either stood alone or operated under the MCCDC umbrella.

 

Marine Corps University was also established in 1989 to provide the structure and policy for professional military education Corps-wide. Professional Military Education (PME) schools, which work alongside the university, include the Marine Corps War College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, the Command and Staff College, Expeditionary Warfare School, the Enlisted PME branch, and the College of Distance Education and Training. In recent years the Marine Corps University has been adding new buildings and renovating old in order to create a world-class library, research center, and campus to further the mission of the university in the 21st Century to educate the leaders of the Marine Corps.

 

 

The 1990s were a time of great growth for Quantico.  The Marine Corps Research, Development and Acquisition Command, the precursor to today’s Marine Corps Systems Command, began moving to Quantico in 1990. A decade later, MCSC moved to its current location on historic Hospital Point.

 

 In 1995, the base became home to one of the Corps’ most forward-thinking organizations, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. The lab’s mission is to conduct experimentation in 21st-century warfare. War games and experiments produce new tactics and technologies to make the Marine war-fighter ever more capable.

 

Additionally, the U.S. military, particularly the Marine Corps, began to play a greater role in peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations. The Department of Defense established the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate in 1997 to provide the military with greater flexibility in dealing with the challenges of Military Operations Other Than War.

 

Quantico is also home to the lifeline and pipeline of the Corps. In 1998, Headquarters Marine Corps moved Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) and Marine Corps Recruiting Command to Quantico from the Navy Annex in Arlington, Va. M&RA has administrative responsibility for all issues related to Marines, their families, and quality of life. Recruiting Command ensures young men and women are enlisted to secure the health of the Marine Corps of the future.

 

With so many diverse yet intricately-woven units, it is appropriate that Quantico is called the Crossroads of the Marine Corps. This is perhaps the only command whose mission touches the furthest reaches of the Corps. Decisions made here impact Marines aboard ship, fighting in the Global War on Terrorism, on guard duty at embassies across the globe, and on reserve duty throughout the U.S. Quantico’s Marines continue to answer the call to threats against the U.S. and provide security and logistical assistance to the National Capital Region.

 

Commands aboard Quantico put their training and technologies, developed during war and peace, to work to provide the best support for the Marine warfighter.

 

On Oct. 1, 2015, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico was designated Marine Corps Installations Command-National Capital Region - Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCINCR-MCB Quantico).

 

As of 2016, Quantico is home to over 28,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel. MCB Quantico also has a large economic impact on the area, adding $4.9 billion to the local economy. The base offers support to more than 30 federal agencies as well for training exercises year round. New construction is ongoing too. New buildings are being added and old ones renovated, at The Basic School, Marine Corps University, Weapons Training Battalion, and elsewhere on the base.

 

The base will celebrate its centennial in 2017. Come May, Quantico will have been occupied by Marines for 100 years. The base has changed much since the days John A. Lejeune or Smedley Butler led it, but it still strives to succeed and continues to grow in order to serve the needs of the 21st Century Marine Corps.


RestaurantAccessibleByWater

Rick's on the Water Restaurant

Seasonal bar & grill on the Potomac with casual, seafood-centric fare, outdoor tables & live music.


Beach

Sandy Point Beach

  • Sandy Point
    Mount Vernon, VA 22079

RestaurantAccessibleByWater

The Electric Palm Restaurant

Riverside eatery serving American fare, seafood & cocktails in casual digs with a patio & tiki bar.


Beach

The Wall, Georgetown

  • Water St NW
    Washington, DC, DC 20007
The Georgetown Waterfront Park is a national park completed in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011. Part of the Georgetown Historic District, the park stretches along the banks of the Potomac River from 31st Street, NW to the Key Bridge. Wikipedia
 
 
 

Entertainment

The Wharf (Open Fish Market, Live Music, Seafood)

Washington’s next great meeting place has finally arrived. The Wharf brings dazzling water views, hot new restaurants, year-round entertainment, and waterside style all together in one inspiring location. It’s the most exciting neighborhood in the history of the nation’s capital.

 

FuelDock

The Yards Marina

The Yards Marina is located on the northern bank of the Anacostia Riverfront between the Nationals Ballpark and the Washington Navy Yard.

26 transient boater slips and 25 seasonal slips for boats up to 125 feet.

A public paddlers’ dock accommodates canoes and kayaks.

Water and electricity hook-ups are available.

Enjoy a bite to eat or drink at one of over a dozen dining options within easy walking distance from the docks, including a Harris Teeter.


Landmark

Three Sisters Rock Formation

The Three Sisters are three rocky islands in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., west of the Key Bridge. A notable landmark in colonial times, the islets are less well known as the Three Sisters Islands and Three Sisters Island.


RestaurantAccessibleByWater

Tim's II

Seafood, American fare & a full bar served indoors & out in casual riverfront digs with live music.


RestaurantAccessibleByWater

Tim's Rivershore Restaurant

Seafood & steaks are the forte of this casual eatery in a white cottage with a deck on the Potomac.


Shopping

Tyme & Tide Marina

  • 14603 Featherstone Rd
    Woodbridge, VA 22191

Tyme N' Tyde Marina is an indoor, in and out boatel facility in Woodbridge, Virginia. Located just minutes off Interstate 95, on Occoquan Bay, we can provide you with Potomac River boating at it's finest. The history and charm of Occoquan, Alexandria and Washington, D.C. waterfronts are accessible less than 20 miles to the north. While 30 miles to the south, salt water angling, and a real sense of "open water" boating begins at the Harry W. Nice bridge (Rte. 301). This central location provides singles and families alike with a wide variety of anchorages, points of interests and restaurants.

 

Beach

Widewater Beach

  • Widewater State Park
    Widewater State Park, VA 22554

Contact

George McIntosh - Membership Executive
(703) 640-4451

557 Harbor Side St
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Brent Parker
(703) 988-5403

Marina

Belmont Bay Marina

570 Harbor Side St.
Woodbridge, VA 22191
 
 

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