Boating in Reston

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Looking for something more than SUP? You can sign up for canoe and kayak instruction at Lake Audubon or rent a boat to explore Lake Anne! See the Reston Association Boat Guide to get a good overview on the permits, restrictions and launch sites for the four Reston lakes.


Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Co.

Canoe Kayak and Paddle Company offer all levels of instruction and Instructors certification in Coastal/Touring Kayak, River Kayak/Whitewater Kayak and Canoe and Rescue. They teach, train and Assess paddling skills, Trip Leader skills and folks that just want to paddle better & safer. They lead fabulous trips. with emphasis on instruction, history, environment, all sharing the element of fun. They donate 10% of their profits to conservators of our River and Chesapeake Bay.We’re CKAPCO the ACA PRO-School.

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Recreation on RA Lakes

Reston’s four man-made lakes (Lake Anne, Lake Thoreau, Lake Audubon and Lake Newport) provide members boating opportunities. While swimming and ice skating are not permitted, fishing, boating, wildlife watching and lakeside picnicking are available to RA members and their guests.


Boat Permits

Each year Reston Association conducts an extensive monitoring process of permanently moored pontoon and deck boats that are on Reston’s lakes. During that process, our staff checks for the current mooring permit and yearly decals to be visible on boats. We also check the condition and size of boats to ensure that they meet the requirements outlined in RA’s rules and regulations.

Download the Reston Association Boat Guide and learn about rules and regulations governing boats in Reston.


Boat Rentals at Lake Anne Plaza

Reston Association provides boat rentals by the hour from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. Rental tickets can be purchased at Reston’s Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza (near the fountain). Contact the book shop by calling 703-435-9772.

Hours of Operation:
Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m.
Fridays, 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: $6 per boat for 1-hour rental*

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*Boat operator must be at least 16 years of age. A parent or legal guardian (18 years of age or older) must sign a waiver/agreement and accompany passengers under the age of 16. Swimming is not permitted. Pets are not allowed in boats.