GNDC Tours the Anacostia River by Boat – Spots Open – July 22nd and Aug 12th!

UPDATE: Both boats are full – but we are starting a waiting list for July 22nd (Friday’s) – we think we can also squeeze in 2 more people. August’s tour is now full with a waiting lists.


Pick a Date!:

  • Tour 1: Friday, July 22nd at 2-4 PM for 18 people   
  • Tour 2: Friday, August 12th at 2-4 PM for 18 people

We are organizing two boat tours this summer of the impactful, beautiful Anacostia River, conducted by Anacostia Riverkeepers, for any interested resident.  We tried for two boat tours last year for this river that the city depends on, but one of the other tours was ‘thunderstorm-and-lightning-ed’ out, so this year, one tour is a replacement for those folks who couldn’t make it last time. BUT, we have more spots open this time and availability in the second tour. So pick a date and email us at! Soon!

GNDC Members on the tour in 2021

The river is very beautiful once you get away from the downtown dock, very peaceful, but also environmentally historic. The Riverkeeper who will be leading the tour will tell us all about its pollution and cleanup history, and its future status as we travel up it northeast – if the tide allows, past Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, which I never knew till now is a National Park. 

Did you know there is a Superfund site off of the Anacostia River?

The guide will also provide and point out a lot about the nature and wildlife of the river.  I (Annette) went on this special tour once (picture below, in a smaller boat), and saw my first beaver!  As a mammalogist, this was on my ‘to-see-list!’  

So the tour is in a flat bottom boat, and if we need a shade, they’ll set one up. Each boat can fit up to 20 people. We’ve reserved 18 slots each tour. Please join us.  The goal is to help people become aware of this very large, tidal river running through and impacting so many of our neighborhoods in DC.  

The dock is at the Navy Yards Marina now, just down the boardwalk from Diamond Teague Park, and roughly a half mile from the Navy Yard Metro Station. When we’re closer to the date, we’ll send directions to those who RSVP’d, along with information about what to bring, like reusable water bottles, hats, suntan lotion, etc.

The dock is suitable for handicapped people, and chaperoned children K-12 are allowed.

Please RSVP to And see you on the river.

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