Kayaking in DC
Guide to Kayaking in DC
Read on for guides to planning your own kayaking trip to Washington, D.C., seeking out an outfitted trip, connecting with other Washington, D.C. paddlers, and many other resources! Washington, D.C. has a world class whitewater park along with many bays and islands to explore in Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. It's waiting for you to explore it and have an adventure! Popular kayaking areas of interest include:
- Potomac River
- National Harbor
- Great Falls Park
- Chesapeake Bay
- Atlantic Ocean
Kayaking Locations in DC
If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in DC! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!
Plan a Kayaking Trip in DC
Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled around Washington, D.C. and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Washington, D.C. community trip reports below:
Have you paddled near Washington, D.C.? Post Your Trip and share with the community!
Connect with Kayakers in DC
Looking to connect with other paddlers in Washington, D.C.? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:
Articles about DC Paddling
Just 15 minutes out of the city lies world class Class V rapids and waterfalls in the Great Falls of Washington D.C. Watch Rafa Ortiz run it!