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Virginia DCR Opens New Boat Ramp at Widewater State Park

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has made a significant addition to Widewater State Park’s amenities with the introduction of a new boat ramp

This development, providing direct access to the Potomac River, is poised to attract a multitude of visitors, especially those eager to explore the Potomac River-Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary, known for its rich biodiversity and historical significance, is now more accessible to both boating enthusiasts and casual visitors.

The strategic location of the boat ramp not only offers an unparalleled view of the sanctuary but also simplifies the journey for those keen on navigating the Potomac River. Since its opening on July 10, the ramp has been a hub of activity.

The boat ramp is equipped with 50 boat trailer parking spots, 14 single-vehicle parking spaces, restrooms, and a well. The inclusion of a fully automated gate and a contact station further ensures a hassle-free experience for visitors.

The introduction of this boat ramp brings to light potential opportunities for nearby private campgrounds. 

While the state park now offers enhanced facilities, its focus on primitive campsites might actually work in favor of private campgrounds. Visitors seeking more comprehensive amenities, comfort, and a personalized camping experience might be inclined to opt for private campgrounds over the state park’s basic offerings. 

Campgrounds like nearby Aquia Pines Camp Resort and Monroe Bay Campground (an hour and a half away) which offer comfortable accommodations, stand to benefit from this scenario, serving as premium alternatives, and providing a richer and more comfortable camping experience if looking for something more comfortable than the state park’s primitive sites.

For those seeking further details about boating at Virginia State Parks, this webpage remains the primary source.

Featured image from the Virginia Department of Transportation Conservation and Recreation.

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February 20, 2024 4:36 am

I’m so thrilled about the new boat ramp at Widewater State Park! If you’re planning a visit, don’t forget your binoculars for some birdwatching along the Potomac River. Also, consider packing a delightful picnic lunch to enjoy while taking in the stunning views of the Potomac River-Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary from the new boat ramp. It’s a fantastic spot for a joyful day out in nature.

Tessa Brook
Tessa Brook
March 16, 2024 9:27 pm

Did you hear about the new boat ramp at Widewater State Park? 🌊🚤 It’s not just a ramp. it’s like a gateway to the Potomac River and all its wonders! Now, water enthusiasts like us can easily set off on thrilling adventures in the Potomac River-Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It’s a fantastic way to immerse ourselves in the area’s wildlife and history. Let’s go explore!


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