Just across the Washington Channel from The Wharf is East Potomac Park, a 400-acre US National Park featuring three golf courses, a driving range, the nation's oldest putt-putt course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as bike paths and picnic tables.
During the warmer months, The Wharf operates a free Wharf Jitney service that ferries passengers from the end of Recreation Pier across the Washington Channel to East Potomac Park.
East Potomac Park is also home to the East Potomac Park Day Dock. This floating dock in the Washington Channel is the only publicly accessible dock on East Potomac Park. Dock your kayaks and paddleboards, and explore the park.
East Potomac Golf Links (also known as Hains Point Golf Course) is home to one 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, three practice holes, and a heated, covered, and lighted driving range with Toptracer technology.Learn More
The 18-hole Mini Golf Course at East Potomac Park is the oldest continually operating miniature golf course in the United States. The course is fun for kids and challenging enough for adults. Rent putters and balls from the Clubhouse.Learn More
East Potomac Tennis Center offers five indoor courts and nineteen outdoor courts that can be reserved up to seven days in advance or on a first-come first-served basis. EPTC also offers tennis lessons!Learn More
Order takeout from one of the restaurants at The Wharf and bring it over to East Potomac Park for a shady picnic. Picnic areas can be reserved through Recreation.gov.Learn More
Along the shoreline of East Potomac Park is a flat 4.4 mile paved loop that's perfect for biking and roller blading. Bring your own bike or rent one from Unlimited Biking at The Wharf.Learn More
The Wharf Jitney is a free boat service operated by The Wharf that ferries passengers between Recreation Pier and East Potomac Park. The service operates during the warmer months of the year.Learn More
The East Potomac Park Day Dock, a new, public floating dock in the Washington Channel, is the only publicly accessible dock on East Potomac Park. Dock your kayaks and paddleboards, and explore the park.
Only Non-Motorized Boats Allowed
Other than the approved Wharf Jitney, only non-motorized boats—including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards—can be launched from or docked at the East Potomac Park Day Dock.
Things to Do in East Potomac park
Visitors paddling in from The Wharf can easily dock and partake in activities at East Potomac Park. After you dock, you can enjoy a picnic, play a round of golf (mini-golf or a game at one of the three golf courses), take the kids to the playground, start a tennis match at public courts, or jump on the free jitney to get back to The Wharf.
Note: Fishing and swimming are not permitted at the East Potomac Park Day Dock.
Dock Hours of Operation
The dock is open from sunrise until twilight every day from April through November and on weekends in March and December.
Note: Any vessels left on the dock after hours will be towed.
An Ongoing Partnership
The 60-by-12-foot dock on the Washington Channel opened in Fall 2017 when The Wharf opened. The dock is operated in partnership with the National Park Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program, Boating Access Subprogram, and the District Department of Energy and Environment also provided funding for construction of the dock.