Paddling in the Shadow of the Washington Monument

September and October weather is optimal for kayaking and paddle boarding despite what ‘seasonal’ boaters may tell you. The beautiful weather we have been enjoying is an early example of our upcoming mild boating temperatures. Run by Boating in DC, The DC Wharf Boathouse on the Washington Channel is the ideal environment for any age or skill boarder. The consistently flat and calm waters of the Washington Channel make for easy stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. 

All boaters receive the safety lesson and equipment (life vest) prior to departing the docks. The Wharf Boathouse directs tours of the monuments during the day or night with guided details and fun trivia games along the route.  See the city at water level, IMO the best view, and brag about it…I do. Seasonal pass holders receive a 50% discount for any Boating in DC events or classes. 

For those paddlers looking for a physical challenge, sign up for paddle board fitness or paddle board yoga (namaste?!). Yes, put your physical strength and inner focus to the test as you balance warrior pose on a paddle board floating on a river. My recommendation is to try everything once. Intimidated or have a disability? The Wharf Boathouse offers a beginner class and a universal class with accessibility equipment.

Located at the top of Recreation Pier near 7th Street SW, The Wharf Boathouse is open through October and possibly into November as long as the water temperature is above 40 degrees. Get on the water at the best location for kayaking and paddle boarding.


  • After Labor Day, purchase the Unlimited Seasonal Pass (Single Adult $229 before tax, Family Pass $329 before tax) to use for the rest of this season and ALL of next season (April-October 2020). Next year’s rates may go up, so take advantage of this opportunity for unlimited paddling.

Quick Tips

  • You can store your personal board at the Boathouse. 
  • Park at East Potomac Park and take a free ride on the water jitney for quick transportation across the channel to the Boat House.


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