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Ferry Over the Washington Channel

Take the Wharf Jitney from Recreation Pier to East Potomac Park and Hains Point. Explore this 400-acre man-made island’s numerous amenities, including a public golf course, driving range, miniature golf coursepublic swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, picnic area, and several athletic fields. It is also a popular destination for fishermen, cyclists, walkers, inline skaters, and runners.

Hours of Operation

The Wharf Jitney's operation is subject to weather conditions.
Check the Wharf Jitney's current operating status

Monday–Thursday: 12:00 pm until 30 minutes before sunset
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 9:00 am until 30 minutes before sunset

April–November: Daily service
March and December: Weekends and holidays only

Jitney Regulations

  • In accordance with Coast Guard regulations, the Wharf Jitney has a maximum capacity of 6 passengers, including children and babies.
  • In accordance with Coast Guard regulations, all persons under age 13 must wear life jackets when on board the Wharf Jitney. Life jackets will be provided by the Jitney captain.
  • All passengers under age 18 must be accompanied by a legally responsible adult guardian.
  • A jitney ride across the Channel takes less than five minutes. To get picked up, stand on Wharf Recreation Pier or East Potomac Dock.
  • Bicycles, golf clubs, strollers, and dogs are welcome on the jitney, space permitting.
  • No open food or drinks may be carried or consumed on the jitney. Unopened food and drinks with lids are acceptable.
  • If you miss the last boat of the day, you can walk back to The Wharf via the 14th Street Bridge. This 1.5 mile walk offers lovely views of The Wharf and the Washington Channel (Directions).

Washington Channel Water Cleanup

With the 2019 boating and river recreation season rapidly approaching, The District Wharf Community Association and an amazing group of partners are undertaking a large-scale cleanup to remove an estimated 600 yards of floating trash, debris, and logs from the water. 

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Do It All on the DC Waterfront

Whether you like to be on the Potomac or prefer the sparkling views from land, The Wharf offers ample things to do and ways to enjoy the water. Dine in one of our fabulous restaurants. Browse our shops. Or join us during one of our festivals. Take a look at our upcoming events to plan your next visit.

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