Occoquan River

Occoquan River Mill Park Grand Opening, July 30th at 10AM

Posted by Lori on July 5, 2016 in Occoquan Reservoir, Occoquan River, Redevelopment, Town News

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In partnership with Prince William County and Fairfax Water, the Historic Town of Occoquan will host a Grand Opening event for River Mill Park in Occoquan on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, concertm scavenger hunt organized by the Mill House Museum and the water bar (powered by Fairfax Water, of course)!

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s development, as well as the history of the site. In addition to the Grand Opening, there will be a free summer concert series in River Mill Park from August 6 through September 3.


As demolition work continues, the Town Council has started to discuss naming our new park. The Town Council has invited the public to their February 3rd meeting to get input on potential names. What are they looking for? We hear town officials are not planning to name the park after a person or places already in town. The town is looking for something new! Below are a few names currently under consideration:

River Station Park
Mill Race Park
Oronocah Park (meaning Garden in Powhatan language)

According to the town website, demolition will continue into the Spring and park construction work will start after that with hopes that the park will be completed by Winter 2015.


Per Mayor Quist:

Also announced in the month of July, is Fairfax Water’s intent to begin water tank removal at the end of Mill Street by early August. Work is expected to last through the beginning of next year before the property is officially released to the Town, after which the Town will work to develop the site into a public park that we hope to have operational by the fall of 2015. Once solidified, the plans will follow the same review and approval process as other construction projects in Town and updates will be provided as they become available.


Per Mayor Porta:

Prince William County and the Town of Occoquan have agreed to a boundary adjustment that will place all of the approximately 1.11 acres of park land within the town’s boundaries. A long-term lease for the site is being negotiated now. Fairfax Water has indicated that they plan to begin removal of the deprecated tanks in late 2013, or early 2014.


Per Mayor Porta:

On January 9, 2013 the Occoquan Town Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Town, Fairfax Water, and Prince William County, for the construction and operation of a park on the site of the decommissioned Fairfax Water treatment plant at the northwestern end of town.  A result of months of negotiation between the parties, the agreement establishes the basic responsibilities for oversight of the approximately 1.11 acres of land.

Under the terms of the MOA, Fairfax Water will remove the tanks and buildings and lease the property for no less than 30 years.  Prince William County will contribute funds to the construction of the new park.  The Town of Occoquan will be responsible for the park’s operation and maintenance.


Will Occoquan Riverfront Park finally become a reality? Things are looking good!

According to InsideNova: “Six years after being approved as part of Prince William County’s 2006 bond referendum, a small riverside park appears likely to be built in the near future.”

The Prince William County FY 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Plan calls for a radical revitalization. According to the document:

Occoquan Riverfront Park will be developed on a portion of two parcels of land owned by Fairfax County Water Authority and located at 415 Mill Street and 460 Mill Street in the Town of Occoquan. The site was previously utilized as a water treatment plant and has been decommissioned by Fairfax Water. Fairfax Water will assist in development of the site by selective demolition of existing facilities. The area will be developed into a small community park with a playground, a spray ground, a small amphitheater, and possibly some indoor space appropriate for community based programming.

Where is the money coming from? Debt financing approved by voters during the 2006 bond referendum provides $1,500,000 for this project. Construction of the park is scheduled for completion in 2013.

Stay tuned for demolition updates.


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5 Minute Guide: Town of Occoquan & the Occoquan River

Posted by Lori on February 16, 2015 in Occoquan River, Town News


Occoquan, VA Infographic

An infographic created by OccoquanWaterfront.com! Everything you need to know about Occoquan, VA and the Occoquan River.

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Drawings by JS Celis

Posted by Lori on January 29, 2015 in Occoquan River, Pictures, Random Musings, Uncategorized

Gas Light Landing, Occoquan VA

Came across these YouTube videos recently. There is a time lapse drawing of Gas Light Landing and one of the Occoquan bridge at sunset. Enjoy!

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1937 Aerial Photo of Occoquan

Posted by Lori on January 26, 2015 in Occoquan River

1937 Aerial Photo of Occoquan, VA

Oh, how things have changed! Check out this aerial photo of Occoquan from 1937.

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Redesigned Rivergate Project Approved

Posted by Lori on October 15, 2014 in Occoquan River, Politics, Redevelopment

Proposed Rivergate development to be situated along 14 acres of land along the Occoquan River.

In a 5 to 2 vote, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a redesigned version of the Rivergate development to be built along 14 acres of land along the Occoquan River. Supervisors Mike May and Frank Principi were not in favor of the development due to the community’s concerns over traffic, overcrowding schools and the thought of having even more apartment buildings along the Rt 1 corridor. The redesigned projected is very different than the 15 story luxury high rises initially approved almost 10 years ago prior to the recession. The Rivergate complex, expected to break ground next year and be completed by 2020, will offer three five story buildings housing 720 units which will be both condos and apartments.

Although we are looking forward to seeing the project complete and the new streetscape leading into Occoquan Harbour Marina and The Landing, we hope this was the right choice for the revitalization and redevelopment the area needs.

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Occoquan River Clean Up Day

Posted by Lori on October 14, 2014 in Environmental News, Meetups, Occoquan River

Join your neighbors and volunteers in sprucing up the shoreline in town! Everyone is invited and kayakers are welcome.

The Occoquan River Clean Up Day hosted by Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO) will take place on Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 to 12:00pm. Meet at Town Hall wearing sturdy shoes. Dumpsters, toilet facilities, trash bags, gloves and light refreshments will be provided. Check out FOTO’s website or event flyer for more info.

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The Tiny Island in Occoquan Bay: SOLD!

Posted by Lou on August 18, 2014 in Occoquan River, Potomac River, Random Musings

SOLD! The tiny island at the confluence of the Potomac and Occoquan rivers has been sold to the highest bidder for $65,000. InsideNova has the full scoop.

According to the new owner, Mark Richards, the island might soon have a new name:

“It’s had a lot of local names, none of them being Holiday Island. Everybody calls it either Rock Island or Spider Island. It’s been called Dinosaur Island because the tree looked like a T-Rex. I’m thinking about naming it The Duck Blind at Rock Island or maybe just The Duck Blind.”

The county assessment: $2,500
The original list price: $477,000
The final selling price: $65,000

A square deal? Here is the virtual tour, courtesy of MRIS.

For some unknown reason, the address of the island is 15751 Featherstone Road. The island is 1/4 acre and zoned A-1 (agricultural).

Correction: A previous version of this story included photographs of Conrad Island.

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Commuter Ferry Coming to Occoquan?

Posted by Lou on October 30, 2013 in Occoquan River, Potomac River, Transportation, Washington DC News

PH2009050803906Some would call the Potomac River northern Virginia’s most underused highway. But commuters may be putting that highway to work in the future. A year-long study found that four possible routes across the Potomac, Anacostia and Occoquan rivers have enough demand to support a daily water taxi service.

The study reports that approximately $30 million in capital improvements would be required for a Woodbridge-to-Washington route. The scenario assumes a base of operations from Alexandria or the airport. Longer-distance water taxis from Woodbridge, Fort Washington and Charles County would have “a much better probability of success if built from a solid base” of commuter operations.

The last time the proposed Occoquan-DC water taxi caught attention was in 2009:

According to WJLA, for the third time in eight years, Prince William County will once again be testing the viability of a ferry service from the county to the district.

There’s no single funding source that ferry proponents have identified to pay for the service, if it gets approved. County officials say that about $600 million from the federal economic stimulus package could help cover construction costs for docks at ferry stations.

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2013 Prince William Boat Show

Posted by Lou on March 17, 2013 in Boat Shows, Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River

This weekend, for the fifth year in a row, the Prince William Marina is hosting the “Washington Capital Boating Show” along the Occoquan waterfront. The boat show will be running all weekend long, from Friday at 2:00 until Sunday at 5:00.

There is an impressive list of 50 vendors that will be in attendance. Prince William Marina is a Sea Ray dealership and they will have many new & used boats on display. This year promises to include a large number of boats to explore, as both Hoffmaster’s Marina (Chaparrel Boats) and Holly Acres (Bayliner and Regal Boats) will also have boats on display.

If you’re thinking about buying a boat or just counting down the days until summertime, you should plan on stopping by.

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Cruising the Occoquan River

Posted by Lou on November 13, 2012 in Occoquan River, Video

Boating season 2012 is drawing to an end. It’s time to winterize but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the shorelines of the Occoquan stream past your bow. Here’s your momento: An Autumn cruise along the Occoquan River on a beautiful mid-November day.

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Sandy Pummels Occoquan

Posted by Lou on October 29, 2012 in Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Town News


According to NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Potomac River will crest above the major flood stage on Wednesday night at 7pm.

Expect the creeks in Occoquan to flood much sooner!

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Potomac Snakehead Terror

Posted by Lou on July 1, 2012 in Fishing News, Occoquan River, Potomac River

The Potomac River is infested with bloodthirsty, meat-eating Northern Snakeheads. They can breathe air and slither across land. They’re huge, ugly and invasive. That’s why the Maryland Department of Natural Resources advises local anglers to kill all snakeheads.

Don’t think there are any snakeheads in your part of the Potomac? Think again. Angler James Berry has pulled snakeheads out of the Occoquan River, the Potomac near Fort Washington, Aquia Creek, Little Hunting Creek, Mattawoman Creek, and Chesapeake Beach.

Next time you go for a swim at Belmont Bay, watch your toes!

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

Courtesy Maryland DNR and James Berry

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Paddle the Occoquan with Mayor Porta

Posted by Lou on April 9, 2012 in Announcements, Meetups, Occoquan River, Occoquan Rowing, Town News

This summer Mayor Earnie Porta will be hosting historic tours of Occoquan River by kayak. The kayak tours will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Occoquan Regional Park (kayaks available for rent – $10/per).

1st and 3rd Saturday from May 5th to October 20th at 11 am. Cost: $10 per person. Please call Occoquan Regional Park at 703-690-2121 to confirm each week.

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Occoquan Panorama

Posted by Lou on December 11, 2011 in Occoquan River, Town News, Video

I just stumbled across this awesome video taken from a remote control airplane as it soars along the Occoquan River. Worth watching!

Occoquan 5th Flight from Paul Thompson on Vimeo.

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Occoquan River Rapids

Posted by Lou on December 9, 2011 in Occoquan River, Video

After a lot of rain, the Occoquan River is no joke. This 30 second video was shot from Nathaniel Ellicott Footbridge on the North side of town.

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