The Southwest Waterfront

Explore the Potomac

The Wharf’s piers and waterside promenades not only provide opportunities for leisurely riverfront strolls but a real connection to water recreation and even transportation. From scenic marinas and convenient water taxis to kayaking, paddleboarding, and so much more, The Wharf turns the Potomac into a playground for all water enthusiasts.

A private membership club formed in 1892, the Capital Yacht Club has a rich tradition of boating with monumental views and warm hospitality. Join CYC as a member or visiting boater and get to know this unique community on DC’s Southwest Waterfront.

Wharf Coordinates: N 38° 52.600’ / W 077° 01.334’


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DC Sail is the community sailing program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation, offering sailing lessons, boat rentals, schooner charters, sailing camp, and fleet racing on the Washington Channel for both youth and adults.

The mission of DC Sail is to promote and sustain affordable, educational, recreational, and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment. The program empowers its participants to develop self-respect and sportsmanship, foster teamwork, and cultivate sailing skills and an appreciation for maritime-related activities. In addition, DC Sail enhances the DC community by using sailing to bolster community spirit and volunteerism.

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Gangplank Marina

Dock Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm

This 309-slip marine facility provides a distinctive venue for local and visiting boaters seeking the best of all worlds—a boater’s lifestyle and the proximity to the cosmopolitan attractions of the nation’s capital. It’s the perfect on-the-Potomac escape, whether for a week, a season, or a lifetime. The marina security office is also open 24 hours a day. 

Wharf Coordinates: N 38° 52.600’ / W 077° 01.334’

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Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards


Whether you want to rent a kayak to get away from it all or get all your friends onto paddleboards for the first time, we have ways for everyone to enjoy a day out on the water. Just stop by The Wharf Boathouse on Recreation Pier to get geared up.

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Market Docks


The perfect landing spot for visiting boaters, our Market Docks are located just off Market Pier between the Municipal Fish Market and everything The Wharf has to offer. Slips will be available for short-term visits, and boaters can take advantage of the adjoining facility offering showers and bathrooms for their convenience. Boaters will find everything they need at The Wharf. There’s Anchor, the one-stop marina shop, District Hardware and Bike, a plethora of food, drink and shops, and a variety of outside certified marine repair consultants available. The spring season opens on March 21, 2018!

Wharf Coordinates: N 38° 52.600’ / W 077° 01.334’

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“The Southwest Waterfront has been undervalued and underused. What residents throughout the city and region want, is to have a development worthy of its location and the river.”
— Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman, District of Columbia

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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Visit the Fish Market

Enjoy the freshest fish from one of the country’s oldest fish markets. Oysters on the half shell. Blue crabs by the bushel. Whole fishes caught that morning. And a low-key atmosphere that makes everything taste even better. Stop by for the food or the fishmongers—the Maine Avenue Fish Market never disappoints.

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