Listed below are all Fairfax County marinas. These include marinas in Virginia State Parks, Northern Virginia Regional Parks, parks managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority, and private marinas on the Occoquan River are listed here.
Belle Haven Marina (Alexandria-Potomac River) Belle Haven Marina is 1 mile south of Alexandria Historic District at 6401 George Washington Parkway Alexandria, Virginia 22307. Belle Haven Marina has Mariner Sailing School operating at this National Park Service venue. Boat rentals at Belle Haven Marina include 14′ Sunfish sailboats, 19′ Flying Scots sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and small motorized fishing boats. The marina has wet slips, dry storage and moorings available, and ramp fee. The Mariner Sailing School offers Adult Basic Sailing (3:1 student-teacher ratio), Youth Basic Sailing (6:1 student-teacher ratio), and Youth Advanced (6:1 student-teacher ratio). The Learn to Cruise Course offers the following instruction:
- Advanced Sailing Theory
- Managing tides, currents and weather.
- Sail shape and rig control.
- Motoring in close quarters.
- Sail changes under way.
- Heaving to (sailboat tending).
- Reefing underway.
- Person overboard recovery drills.
- Anchorages and anchoring.
- Handling emergencies.
- Course plotting and fixes.
- Systems (fuel, electrical, water).
Bull Run Marina (Clifton) Bull Run Marina Regional Park has 5,000 acres of Bull Run-Occoquan Stream Valley land for fishing and boating by permit. It is also part of the Occoquan Water Trail which extends 20 miles from Bull Run to the Occoquan River and Occoquan Reservoir. The lower portion of the trail leads to the Mason Neck Peninsula of the Potomac River. Access points for boats are at Bull Run Regional Park, Route 28 Bridge (Prince William County/Fairfax County boundary line), Bull Run Marina Regional Park, Fountainhead Regional Park, Lake Ridge Community Park, Occoquan regional Park, Mason Neck State Park, Pohick Bay Regional Park.
Burke Lake Park (Fairfax Station) Burke Lake Park and Golf Course (18-hole par 3) covers 888 acres with a 218-acre lake owned by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Burke Lake Park offers boating, boat rentals, camping, disk golf, fishing, horse shoe pits, miniature golf, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball courts, miniature train and carousel, and one of the best 10 fitness trails in the country according to American Hiking Society Burke Lake Trail which follows the lake shoreline for 4.7 miles.
Captain John Beach Marina (Lorton-Occoquan River) This Colchester area marina is on the Occoquan River and offers wet slips, covered dry storage, dry dock storage, gas dock, pump out station, convenience store and showers.
Fairfax Yacht Club (Lorton-Occoquan River) Fairfax Yacht Club has 170 open and covered slips. These slips can receive boats as long as 50-feet. This is a year round facility with a clubhouse, picnic areas, bath houses, private parking, and a pump out station. The Fairfax Yacht Club offers a limited access secured facility and slips are offered through a condominium style deed.
Fort Belvoir Marina (Ft. Belvoir-Potomac River) The Fort Belvoir Marina is next to Walker Gate and River Village on Fort Belvoir. Department of Defense vehicle registration is necessary to access this marina with boat and recreational vehicle storage. There is a boat ramp for military service members. Larger boats must arrive and depart the marina at high tide.
Fountainhead Regional Park (Fairfax Station) Fountainhead Regional Park lies along the banks of the Occoquan Reservoir. The park offers a boat ramp, boat rentals (3 and 4 person Jon Boats, canoes, kayaks), equestrian trails, fishing (largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, perch) with a 250 foot pier and 100 foot floating dock, miniature golf, mountain biking trails (all skill levels), shelter rental, snack bar and tackle shop, 2.25-mile looped nature trail. Guided kayak tours are also available.
Lake Accotink Park (Springfield) Lake Accotink is a 55-acre lake with a boat launch allowing boats powered by electric motors, sailboats under 15-feet, and kayaks. Lake Accotink has canoe and pedal boat rentals and tour boat rides and allows fishing. Other highlights are a 4-mile loop natural surface biking and hiking trail (Cross County Trail), miniature golf, pavilion shelters, picnic areas with grills, playground, sand volleyball court and basketball court. Swimming, windsurfing, paddleboarding and gas powered boat motors are not allowed.
Lake Fairfax Park (Reston) This 476 acre park includes a 20-acre lake with fishing and boat rentals. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is the main attraction of the park. There are also athletic fields, campgrounds, a carousel, playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails, and a skate park. The picnic areas, campground, playground, and trails are open all year.
Mason Neck State Park (Lorton) This National Wildlife Refuge covers 1,856-acres between Occoquan Bay and the Potomac River. It has several hiking trails, picnic area, playground, canoe launch and visitor center. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and bicycles. Bird watching features American bald eagles and ospreys, and guided canoe trips are available for park visitors. Wildlife observation points overseeing wetlands, forest, open water, ponds and open fields for environmental study. Elizabeth Hartwell National Wildlife Refuge, Gunston Hall and Pohick Bay Regional Park all surround Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
Occoquan Regional Park (Lorton-Occoquan River) Covering 400 acres along the shoreline of the Occoquan River directly across from the town of Occoquan in Prince William County. Park features include athletic fields, batting cages, boat launch storage, canoe and kayak rentals and guided tours. Fishing the Occoquan River offers bass (largemouth and striped), carp, crappie, catfish, and perch.
Pohick Bay Regional Park (Lorton-Pohick Bay) Pohick Bay is on the south bank of Gunston Cove (Potomac River) next to Pohick Bay Golf Course and across from Fort Belvoir. Pohick Bay Regional Park has a boat launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and Jon boats for rent during weekends. Pirates Cove Water Park is an area attraction for families as well as family and group camping, large outdoor free form swimming pool, picnic areas, and large playground. The trails at Pohick Bay Regional Park are the bluebird trails (15 bluebird boxes), bridle equestrian trails (3.3 miles), and hiking trails (8.5 miles). The park also offers swim lessons and guided canoe trips.
Riverbend Park (Great Falls) Riverbend Park has more than 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds along the bank of the Potomac River between Great Falls Park and Upper Potomac Regional park. Riverbend Park has more than 12 miles of multi-use trails for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and dog walkers (including a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail). The park offers rod and reel, canoe, kayak, and Jon boat rentals ideal for fishing around the islands of the Potomac River. Riverside picnic facilities, boat launch, and kayak tours are available at Riverbend Park.