Anacostia Watershed Society Free Boat Tours

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Seaton Elementary School students take the AWS pontoon boat tour. The tour is the first of three parts in projects centered on learning about and reclaiming the health of the Anacostia River. Photo: Courtesy AWS

Whether you’re a lifetime resident or brand new to the region, there’s always something to discover on the Anacostia River.

The Anacostia Watershed Society hosts free recreation activities every Thursday evening and some Saturdays of every month through October. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Anacostia River on a guided canoe tour as part of the Anacostia River Explorers program.

Your guide will lead these one- or two-hour trips and participants will paddle with the group in Anacostia Watershed Society supplied canoes. You will see area wildlife and stunning views of the District.

You can also explore the river while riding in an open-air motorized boat. Anacostia Watershed Society staff will take participants on a one or two hour tour of the river while discussing natural and cultural history along with restoration efforts. You will experience the joy of being out on the water while observing this beautiful local area.

Registration is required and limited for these events. Participants under the age of 18 must be in a boat with an adult. Canoe tours are limited to 14 people, and 10 people for motorized boat tours, with a limit of 4 people per registration. Participants must arrive wearing a face mask. AWS has personal flotation devices for children of all ages (including infants).

Learn, register more and see schedules by visiting anacostiaws.org.