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Paddle, fish, explore, and then relax on the shore!

Tackle the Fletcher’s Boathouse fishing challenge! With access to the Potomac River as well as the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Fletcher’s Boathouse has been a locally renowned paddling and unique fishing destination since the 1850s. Visit the Tackle Shack for expertly chosen fishing tackle suitable for local angling, not to mention snacks and refreshments!

You can also seize the day at this quaint DC boathouse with any of your favorite boating rentals like paddling, rowboating, canoeing and kayaking. Or, experience the area through one of our spectacular guided kayak nature tours. If you’re more of a landlubber, you and your family can rent bicycles for a leisurely ride along the many miles of beautiful trails.

Tackle Shack

Fletcher’s offers a selection of fishing tackle including Okuma brand spinning rod and reel combos, Eagle Claw hooks, Spider Wire monofilament, Mepps, Rooster Tail and Cotton Cordell brand lures and Water Gremlin sinkers. Fletcher’s also carries the best selection of shad darts and spoons in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Save the Cove

What can you do to help?

See what we can do as a community to change the tide and keep enjoying fishing and boating at Fletcher’s for generations to come!

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Float Plan Agreement

All participants will need to complete the online waiver prior to arrival for your rental. The waiver link can be found in the green “Next Step” box in your rental confirmation email. The link can be shared with all participants to complete so you are ready to go for your rental when you arrive on site.

Directions & Request a Ride

From 495, take the Glen Echo exit onto Clara Barton Parkway. Follow Clara Barton Parkway until it becomes Canal Road at Chain Bridge. Continue on Canal Road until the entrance of Fletcher’s at Canal and Reservoir. *Please consider that Canal Road access is subject to weekday morning and evening one way rush hour restrictions.

From 66 East, take the Rosslyn exit to Key Bridge. Take a left onto Canal Road after crossing over Key Bridge. Bear left at Foxhall to stay on Canal Road and continue onward until the entrance of Fletcher’s at Canal and Reservoir.

Parking is available on both sides of the canal.Go through the auto tunnel under the canal to reach the west side parking lot.

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