Potomac River


Mandatory Boat Licences Arrive

Posted by Lou on June 16, 2011 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Washington DC News

Quick public safety announcement: as of July 1, 2011 PWC operators 50 years of age or younger and motorboat operators 20 years of age or younger are required to complete a boating safety education course. You can find the complete rules and phase-in schedule here.

No worries though, getting your boat license is pretty easy. You just need to buy a DVD from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. The DVD is only 60 minutes long, broken out into 10 minute chapters (looks like the video was filmed by BoatU.S. in 1987). Then you have to take a 50 question multiple choice test (open book) and mail your scantron back with $5.

It takes about 2 weeks to get our licenses in the mail. You can send a copy to your insurance company (and hopefully chop 10% off your boat insurance).

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3rd Annual Spring Dust-Off

Posted by Lou on May 4, 2011 in Boat Clubs, Boating News, Meetups, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Special Events

2010 Not Aquapalooza Spring Dust-Off

Summer is just around the bend, time to sit back and unwind (once your hull is waxed). To get things crackin’ this year, the Potomac River Party Boaters Association is organizing the3rd Annual Spring Dust-Off during the afternoon/evening of Saturday, May 7th.

This year, the floatilla will take place off the sandy beach at Belmont Bay.

Last year it was a great time (despite the rain delay). This year, the forecast looks sunny! All boats are welcome.

Join the best Facebook group for Potomac River boaters and connect with local boaters! The mission of the Potomac River Party Boaters Association is to promote the tradition and sport of responsibly enjoying the Potomac River each and every summer.

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2011 National Capital Boat Show

Posted by Lou on March 8, 2011 in Boat Shows, Occoquan River, Potomac River

The largest boat show in the Washington DC region takes place this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. If you’ve got spring on your mind, check out the details! Saltwater fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, motor yachts, jet boats, jon boats, PWC, bass boats, inflatables, deck boats and pontoons will all be onsite, ready for you to hop aboard.

Here are the boat show hours:
Friday, March 12, 2011:     12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2011: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 14, 2011:   11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On Saturday from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, there will be four Washington Redskins Cheerleaders hanging out at the Prince William Marina (Sea Ray) booth, signing autographs.

Remember, boat manufacturers usually team up with dealers to offer special incentives during boat shows, so it can be a favorable time to buy a boat. If you are thinking about buying, maybe now is the time!

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Tim’s Polar Plunge 2011

Posted by Lou on February 20, 2011 in Boating News, Meetups, Pictures, Potomac River


With Spring right around the corner, it’s time for the crazies to run into the freezing cold Potomac River. The 9th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Virginia Special Olympics will take place on Saturday, February 26 at Tim’s Rivershore.

The river will be rocking with live music, contests, prizes and more! Visit Tim’s for more information.

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Mount Vernon Streams in Dire Straits

Posted by Lou on January 15, 2011 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Potomac River

The image above, courtesy of the Fairfax County Stormwater Management Program, indicates that the watersheds around Mount Vernon are the lowest quality in the county. The areas around Belmont Bay, fortunately, are high quality.

With the exception of the Colchester stretch, the entire Fairfax shoreline of the Occoquan river is a high-quality watershed.

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“In a Sea Ray” (cheese alert!)

Posted by Lou on December 20, 2010 in Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Video

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Posted by Lou on December 2, 2010 in Boat Clubs, Boating News, Christmas, Holiday, Potomac River, Special Events

The annual Parade of Lights boat parade will take place this weekend along the Old Town waterfront in Alexandria. Santa Claus will arrive at the docks by fireboat at 4PM. Later in the evening, at 6PM, roughly 50 powerboats and sailboats will parade down the Potomac River from Washington to Alexandria.

If you haven’t already winterized, time to deck out your boat in lights and holiday decorations!

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Potomac River Healthiest in 50 Years

Posted by Lou on September 12, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Fishing News, Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Potomac River

According to the Washington Post, the Potomac River is now the healthiest that it has been since the 1950’s.

“The comeback has been closely tied to the Blue Plains treatment plant, which handles waste from the District and parts of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties. Its outflow is a river in itself: about 300 million gallons a day of treated sewage, enough to fill RFK Stadium.”

“In the past decade, responding to mandates from federal regulators, the plant has added $1 billion in new efforts that allow bacteria to consume the algae-feeding pollutant nitrogen in sewage.”

Read the full article at the Washington Post

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Bull Shark Mania!

Posted by Lou on September 7, 2010 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Fishing News, Pictures, Potomac River

I would be remiss if I did not mention the “Bull Shark in the Potomac River” frenzy that blew up on Facebook and the mainstream media while I was away. I tracked down the original reports and it wasn’t just one bull shark, it was two.

One was caught of Cornfield Harbor in extreme southern St. Mary’s county, MD. The NBC Washington website, which broke the “story” has a gruesome slideshow. The second was caught a bit farther north, near Tall Timbers, MD.

Both of these sharks were caught at the very, very edge of the Potomac River Watershed. So far south that one shark was actually caught by scientists collecting stingrays. This map shows where the bull sharks were caught:

The catches were very far away from Occoquan, almost 100 nautical miles south. Even down there, at the very edge of the Chesapeake Bay “you very, very rarely see them”, according to the Washington Post. Ok, no more bull shark jokes.

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Red Bull National Wake

Posted by Lou on July 27, 2010 in Boating News, Meetups, National Harbor, Potomac River, Wakeboarding

Very cool event coming to National Harbor this week: a professional wakeboarding competition sponsored by Red Bull. Professional Wakeboarders Brian Grubb, Parks Bonifay, JD Webb, and Adam Errington will fly, soar and wow the crowd with wild airs and double overhead sprays of the Potomac River.

These tremendous water athletes will be flying off of custom made features built especially for National Harbor. Towed by Red Bull Waverunners, Grub, Bonifay, Webb and Errington, along with some local wakeboarders, will put on quite a show for National Harbor visitors.

When: Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: National Harbor, Maryland

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Aquapalooza 2010 July 24th

Posted by Lou on June 27, 2010 in Aquapalooza, Boat Clubs, Boating News, Meetups, Occoquan River, Potomac River

Here we go again! Price William Marina is hosting Aquapalooza 2010 in Washington DC, along the Potomac River. The location of the event has changed! This year, the merry mayhem will take place at Tim’s Rivershore in Dumfries, VA (AKA Tim’s I).

By road, access will be limited (you will have to shuttle to Tim’s from a parking area). By water, just pull on up! All of the fun’s on the water, so bring your beach towels, sunscreen, water and snacks! If you need to launch your boat, see this information. Here is the official event registration page.

One thing that isn’t changing this year is a country music headlining act. Matt Stillwell will take the stage at the peak of the party. Stillwell’s recent single “Drunk Enough” just reached #25 on the iTunes Country Album Chart. The rest of the musical line-up has yet to be announced.

Have fun, be safe, see you at Aquapalooza 2010!

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2nd Annual Spring Dust-Off

Posted by Lou on April 22, 2010 in Boat Clubs, Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Special Events

** Update: Due to the rainy forecast for this weekend, Spring Dust-Off is being moved to next weekend – Saturday, May 1st. Meet at Tim’s I before cruising over to the Mattawoman river to spend the night. **

2010 Not Aquapalooza Spring Dust-Off

Summertime, time to sit back and unwind (after you clean up your boat, of course). To get things crackin’ this year, the Potomac River Party Boaters Association is organizing the 2nd Annual Spring Dust-Off during the afternoon of Saturday, April 24th.

Last year it was a great time (Mother Nature cooperated). The plan is to tie up at Tim’s Rivershore and then cruise over to Mattawoman creek for the evening or until Sunday. All boats are welcome.

Join the best Facebook group for Potomac River boaters! Who knows, you might identify and connect with some fun local boaters. The mission of the Potomac River Party Boaters Association is to promote the tradition and sport of enjoying the Potomac River each and every summer.

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Potomac River Aquapalooza 2010

Posted by Lou on March 24, 2010 in Aquapalooza, Boat Clubs, Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Meetups, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Special Events

** UPDATE ** Aquapalooza 2010 will be held on July 24th at Tim’s I in Dumfries.

There has been lots of speculation this year about whether or not Sea Ray and/or Prince William Marina would host Aquapalooza once again on the Potomac River (after lots of weather mayhem last year and the year before).

Turns out the answer is…YES! Aquapalooza 2010 is on, with a change in venue. This year the shenanigans will take place at Tim’s Rivershore (aka Tim’s I) in Dumfries, just a stone’s throw from Occoquan. I’ll post more details as they become available.

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Tim’s Polar Plunge Raises $50K

Posted by Lou on February 28, 2010 in Meetups, Pictures, Potomac River
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It was freezing outside but that didn’t stop people from taking the plunge! All donations benefit the Special Olympics of Virginia.

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Occoquan Cruising Destinations

Posted by Lou on October 15, 2009 in Boating News, Buoys & Markers, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Potomac River