Widewater State Park in Stafford has a new motorboat ramp with direct access to the Potomac River.
The boat ramp provides an excellent view of and direct access to the Potomac River-Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
The new launch area officially opened on July 10 and boasts 50 boat trailer parking spots, 14 single vehicle parking spaces and restrooms.
An automated gate and contact station were also included in the construction.
Overnight and late return boating is permitted, but daily parking fees apply.
The ramp opens at 5 a.m. daily, and the gate will allow vehicles to leave anytime, but you must enter to launch before the automatic gate closes at dusk each day.
Please note that closing times change with dusk hours throughout the year, so be sure to call the park office for current closing times.
For more information about boating at Virginia State Parks visit DCR’s boating webpage.