monday, June 13th:  sunset over dyke marsh paddle

in Alexandria, VA

Trip Description:

Over two dozen people joined Potomac Riverkeeper and Friends of Dyke Marsh on a beautiful sunset paddle at Dyke Marsh. We learned about the successful conservation efforts currently underway to preserve and restore Dyke Marsh. Dyke Marsh is located east of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Mount Vernon Trail and is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Dyke Marsh is one of the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetlands in the Washington metropolitan area and considered a hidden gem in Alexandria. 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. Nearly 300 species of birds have been seen in Dyke Marsh, and it is known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the Metropolitan Area.

Outfitter: Mariner Sailing School at Belle Haven Marina

Paddle Distance: 3 miles/2.5 hr loop paddle

Paddle Level: Beginner

Arrival Location: 

Belle Haven Marina 1201 Belle Haven Road, Alexandria, VA 22307 (703) 768-0018

Arrival Time: 5:30 pm

Boat Options and Costs:  

  • Canoe rental: $40 per tandem canoe.  (This is a $126 value)
  • Tandem Kayak: $40 (This is a $126 value)
  • Single Kayak: $30 per kayak for one person ($111 value)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard: $30 per SUP ($111 value)
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat): $25 per boat for the shuttle. ($96 value)
  • The following "awesomeness" is included with each registration: rental canoe or kayak (or BYOB), personal flotation device for the day, trash bag, paddle insurance, interpretive guides, Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! commemorative t-shirt, and a one-year Potomac Riverkeeper Network membership to support the Potomac Riverkeeper.