1. Boats
  2. Bikes & Tricycles
  3. Fishing
  4. Ropewalk Pavilion
  5. Waterfront Studio
  6. Classroom

Boat Rentals

Explore the natural scenery of the Anacostia River from a canoe or kayak (single and tandem available) from Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

Rentals are available from April through October, 7 days a week. Online reservations are recommended and close at 12noon the day before the rental. Must be 18 or older to rent. Walk-up rentals based on boat availability. 

Rental Times


  • April through October, 7 days a week (weather dependent), with launch times from 9 am to 2 pm, with equipment return by 4 pm.
  • Online reservations recommended. Reservations close at 12noon the day before the rental. Walk-up rentals based on boat availability.

Rental Requirements & Details

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to reserve a canoe or kayak.
  • Kayakers must be 12 or older.
  • Persons 17 and under must have an adult (18 or older) with them at all times.
  • Must have a Parks Direct account and reserve boats online ahead of time.
  • Must have a driver's license or government-issued identification (with birth date verification).
  • Maximum four (4) boats can be rented per Parks Direct account/household per day.
  • A Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) is provided to all boaters and must be worn at all times while on the water
  • Please arrive several minutes prior to your launch time to park, gather your belongings, and prepare for your launch time. Parking is limited.
  • While staff will be on the dock for needed assistance, we encourage all renters to be able to get in and out of rental boats by themselves or with help from their group.
  • Face masks and coverings are required while interacting with park staff and on boat launch docks. You may remove face masks while on the water, but please remember to put them back on upon return to the dock.
  • Additional fees will apply to the following: late returns, lost and/or damaged equipment, or rental agreement violations.

Canoe & Kayak Rates

Daily Rentals  
Residents $25/Kayak; $30/Tandem Kayak or Canoe
Non-Residents $33/Kayak; $39/Tandem Kayak or Canoe

 Hourly Rowboat Rentals  
 Residents  $15/Hour per Rowboat
 Non-Residents $20/Hour per Rowboat