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District of Columbia whitewater, Anacostia River

Prince Georges county, Highway 3 to Potomac section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I     10 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are many good hotels to choose from, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
    There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 3 to Potomac stretch is one of them. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people.
The wonderful Prince Georges County scenery and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
At Anacostia River you always meet someone from Brentwood, and there are great sites to explore along the Valley Trail. A journey to Anacostia River wouldn’t be complete without a journey to close by Rosaryville State Park. Go for a hike on the White Horse Trail;
one of the best things about this spot is its proximity to Bathing Beach. A journey to Tete Du Pont near Anacostia River is always a delightful idea, and a spree to Greenbelt Park is worthwhile. All through the warmest time of the year at Anacostia River temperatures are usually in the 80's with overnight lows in the 60's. Highs through the winter are commonly in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Anacostia River are in the 20's. From a rainfall point of view Anacostia River is a reasonably typical place. During May this area sees the most rain while February is frequently the driest month.

Anacostia River, Highway 3 to Potomac road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Anacostia River.
 Whitewater Near Anacostia River:
Anacostia River, Prince Georges County, 1 miles away
      Class I - 10 miles long (Highway 3 to Potomac)
Rock Creek, n/a County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 4 miles long (Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam)
Anacostia River - Northwest Branch, Prince Georges/ Montgomery County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III(V+) - 8 miles long (US Route 29 to Hyattsville)
Rock Creek, DC County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Military Road to Potomac River in D.)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 11 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0 miles long (Glebe Road to Potomac)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Little Falls)
Four Mile Run, Arlington County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Ohio Street to Arlington Ridge Road)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Cabin John Creek, Montgomery County, 15 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (River Road to Potomac)
Rock Creek, Mongomery County, 16 miles away
      Class I(II) - -blank- miles long (Rockville to Military Road)
 Ski Areas Near Anacostia River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 53 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Blue Marsh, Pennsylvania , 99 miles away, 315 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Anacostia River:
James Creek Marina, Washington , 5 miles away
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 5 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 6 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Washington , 7 miles away
Washington Sailing Marina, Alexandria , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Anacostia River:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Anacostia River:
Days Inn Washington DC/Gateway, Washington , 1 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC/New York Avenue, Washington , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WASHINGTON DC NORTHEAST, Washington , 1 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites New York Avenue, Washington , 2 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Washington DC, Washington , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Anacostia River:
Greenbelt Park National ParkS, Hyattsville, 5 miles away
Cherry Hill Park, College Park, 6 miles away
Andrews AFB, Andrews Air Force Base, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Anacostia River:
Valley Trail, District of Columbia , 6 miles away
White Horse Trail, District of Columbia , 6 miles away
Rock Creek Park Bike Trail, District of Columbia , 6 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia , 7 miles away
Swamp Trail, District of Columbia , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Anacostia River:
Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt - MD , 7 miles away
Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington - MD , 9 miles away
Rosaryville State Park, Maryland , 12 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 17 miles away
Cedarville State Forest, Maryland , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Anacostia River:
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Golf, College Park , 3 miles away
University Of Md Golf Club, College Park , 4 miles away
University Of Maryland Golf Course, College Park , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Anacostia River
Greenbelt Lake, Prince George's , 6 miles away
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 14 miles away
Triadelphia Reservoir, Howard , 15 miles away

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