Join the Potomac Riverkeeper and Friends of Dyke Marsh for a wonderful sunset paddle and learn about successful conservation efforts currently underway to preserve and restore Dyke Marsh. Dyke Marsh is tucked away along the George Washington Memorial Parkway just south of Alexandria. Managed by the National Park Service, it benefits greatly from an active group of volunteers, the Friends of Dyke Marsh. It is located east of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Mount Vernon Trail and is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Dyke Marsh is one of the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetlands in the Washington metropolitan area and considered a hidden gem. The 485 acres of tidal marsh, floodplain, and swamp forest is best explored by boat or on foot. Dyke Marsh has an abundance of wildlife including nearly 300 species of birds. No wonder it is known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the Metropolitan Area. This tidal freshwater marsh is typical of many others around the Chesapeake. It would have served as a place for local Indians to harvest edible plants and to trap both water birds and mammals, like muskrats.
Arrival Location: Belle Haven Marina
Mariner Sailing School
Alexandria, VA 22307
*Note: there is not a physical address, so please click on “Belle Haven Marina” for directions.
Arrival Time: 5:30 PM
Paddle Options and Cost:
- Canoe rental: $50 per tandem canoe
- Kayak: $40
- Stand Up Paddleboard: $40 per SUP
- BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $35 per boat
Participant Limit is 40 people. Registration deadline September 5th.
You must also print and fill out an ACA waiver here:
Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for securing camping reservations or for the safety and enjoyment of participants who wish to attend. Trip times are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather, high river levels, tidal fluctuations, wind and other factors that could jeopardize safety and enjoyment of participants. Unfortunately, there can be no refunds. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for any personal property that may be lost, damaged, or stolen during the trip. Potomac Riverkeeper Network is not responsible for limited camping, outfitter service, lengthy paddle distances, late start times and uncontrollable weather that could potentially prohibit/limit our ability to provide an enjoyable and safe paddling experience.
RiverPalooza is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event, presented nationally by Toyota and locally by the National Park Service and MOM’s Organic Market.