Kayak Launch Hand-Carry Ramp

History and Background

Located beneath the Route 123 bridge at 111 Mill Street, the Town’s new Kayak Launch Ramp was largely funded through a grant the Town sought in 2010 from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. It is believed to be the only free, 24/7 public access ramp on the Occoquan River suitable for people with ambulatory disabilities.

There is some brief instructional signage in place explaining how to use the facility, but essentially it involves placing your kayak or canoe on the launch ramp and then sliding along rollers into the water. Those using a stand up paddle board with fins will not want to use the ramp, but instead will want to walk across the ramp (preferably not stepping on the rollers) and simply launch their board from the river side. 
This project has been long in the making and has required persistence and dedication from multiple Town councils and town staff. In addition, it has benefited from the unwavering support of staff members at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, in particular the original Recreational Trails Program Project Administrator for the grant, Ms. Synthia Waymack.
As a historic riverfront town it has long been hoped that our residents and visitors would someday have free, convenient, recreational public access to our namesake — the Occoquan River. Today we all do!

Location: 111 Mill Street, accessed from the parking lot under the Route 123 Bridge

Cost: Free; open to the public

Hours of Operation: Dawn – Dusk

Parking: Free parking available for 8 hour and 4 hour durations

Access: Hand-carry watercraft only; no motorized or trailer access

Suitable for people with ambulatory disabilities 

Temporary Storage: A vertical storage rack is available for temporary storage of kayaks, canoes, and SUPs while shopping, dining, or visiting in town. No overnight storage. The Town is not responsible for lost or damaged property. 

Rentals: Rental kayaks and SUPs are available through private business Penguin Paddling  

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