Anacostia River: Washington DC's Other River
Enjoy and Explore the Anacostia River
The Anacostia River is a tributary of Washington DC's more famous river, the Potomac. The Anacostia has many opportunities for recreation. Below you can also learn more about how to protect this natural resource.
Photo credit: Scenic Artisan. Used by permission.
Places to go on the Anacostia River - Anacostia River Recreation
- Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Nestled among the Port Towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor and Cottage City, the revitalized Bladensburg Waterfront Park is located on the Anacostia River. Boat rentals and free boat tours are available.
- National Arboretum
On the banks of the Anacostia River, the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum also feature a koi pond, a duck pond and the old capitol columns. The U.S. National Arboretum is dedicated to improving the environment by developing and promoting improved f
- Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Across the Anacostia from the National Arboretum, visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for the water lilies and lotus blossoms. You may even see a great blue heron.
Boating on the Anacostia
Boat tours and canoe rentals are available at Bladensburg Watefront Park.
Anacostia River Conservation - Making our river better
- Anacostia Watershed Society
Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is the premiere conservation group for the Anacostia River.
- Earth Conservation Corps
Earth Conservation Corps runs service projects on the Anacostia River and in neighborhoods in the watershed with a team out-of-school young people ages 17-25.
Anacostia River Books
Anacostia Watershed Maps
- Map of the Anacostia Watershed
If you live in the Anacostia watershed, chances are the run-off from your streets ends up in the river.
- Hickey Run Subwatershed Map
Hickey Run is a tributary of the Anacostia. Its watershed is comprised of several Northeast Washington neighborhoods, including Ivy City, Trinidad and Woodridge.
River Lover Delights - For Anglers, Paddlers and other River Enthusiasts
Looking to go out and enjoy your hometown river? Whether you enjoy fishing or paddling, we have what you need here.
- River Lover Delights
An online store for anglers, paddlers and other river lovers.
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- Best Washington DC Gifts and Books
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Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
This lotus was taken at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, which is across the Anacostia from the National Arboretum. Water lilies, lotus blossoms, and great blue heron are among the attractions there. Photo credit: dcgal