Located in Stafford County just north of The City of Fredericksburg, Widewater State Park is definitely a worthy addition to your Summer Bucket List! Location, as always, is everything. Widewater sits right on a peninsula between Aquia Creek and The Potomac River, giving access to both bodies of water as well as fantastic views. 

It’s always an unexpected surprise to find such a wild place, not to mention a substantial body of water, right off of 95. A hidden world thriving adjacent to the chaos of Northern Virginia. Widewater Sate Park is the perfect retreat for a family or an individual who wants to get out of town for a bit, but can’t commit a lot of time to travel. It offers a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms, canoe-kayak launches and a hiking trail. 

 

Here are a few things to know to make the most of your visit:

 

Bring your fishing gear:

Widewater State Park is an excellent place to cast for largemouth bass! You’ll also find striped bass, catfish, and perch. Please note: A Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license is required when fishing on the main stem of the Potomac River. The park also honors Potomac River Fisheries Commission licenses. A Virginia freshwater fishing license is required when fishing on Aquia Creek or in Long Pond. Read more about local fishing here.

Bring the right boat:

Widewater State Park is a great place to kayak or canoe! Two car- top launches are available on both the Aquia Creek and Potomac River. Keep your bigger boat at home, though. There is no motor- boat launch at Widewater. However, there is one planned.

Be aware:

The water is deep and inviting, but please NO SWIMMING. As mentioned previously Widewater connects to The Potomac River, which is notorious for swift, dangerous currents. You will find them at Widewater, too. Swimming is hazardous not only because of the dangerous currents, but also due to sudden drop -offs and unseen obstructions.

Understand that…

Some parts of Widewater are still a work in progress. There are hiking areas under construction that are prohibited.

 

 

Mark you calendars for upcoming Summer events!

 

06/01/2019  10:00 a.m. Volunteer Special Events First Saturday Shoreline Cleanup
06/01/2019  10:00 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
National Events
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Volunteer Special Events
Clean The Bay Day
06/01/2019  2:00 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
National Events
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
National Trails Day
06/02/2019  2:00 p.m. History/Culture
Volunteer Special Events
Patawomek Village Building Day
06/08/2019  9:00 a.m. Fishing
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Kids fishing clinic
06/09/2019  10:00 a.m. Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Driftwood for Dad
06/14/2019  10:00 a.m. Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Driftwood for Dad
06/15/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
06/15/2019  10:00 a.m. History/Culture
National Events
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Virginia State Parks History and Culture Day
06/16/2019  2:00 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Dads in Kayaks
06/17/2019  9:00 a.m.
To
06/21/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers-Hands on History 4-6 Year Old
06/17/2019  1:00 p.m.
To
06/21/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers-Hands on History 7-9 Year Old
06/19/2019  6:30 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Twilight kayak tour
06/24/2019  9:00 a.m.
To
06/28/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
Fishing
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers-Outdoor Skills 4-6 Year Old
06/24/2019  1:00 p.m.
To
06/28/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
Fishing
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers-Outdoor Skills 7-9 Year Old
06/25/2019  9:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Adventures in Homeschooling!
06/29/2019  8:30 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Rising sun kayak tours
06/29/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
07/02/2019  6:30 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Twilight kayak tour
07/06/2019  8:30 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Rising sun kayak tours
07/06/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
07/06/2019  10:00 a.m. Volunteer Special Events First Saturday Shoreline Cleanup
07/08/2019  9:00 a.m.
To
07/12/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers – Duck, Duck, Beaver? 4-6 year olds
07/08/2019  1:00 p.m.
To
07/12/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers – Duck, Duck, Beaver? 7-9 year olds
07/13/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
07/13/2019  9:00 a.m. Fishing
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Kids fishing clinic
07/15/2019  9:00 a.m.
To
07/19/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers-Water, Water, Everywhere 4-6 year olds
07/15/2019  1:00 p.m.
To
07/19/2019
Arts/Crafts/Photography Workshops
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Junior Rangers-Water, Water, Everywhere 7-9 Year Old
07/16/2019  6:30 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Twilight kayak tour
07/20/2019  8:30 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Rising sun kayak tours
07/20/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
07/23/2019  9:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Adventures in Homeschooling!
07/27/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
07/30/2019  6:30 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Twilight kayak tour
08/03/2019  8:30 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Rising sun kayak tours
08/03/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
08/03/2019  10:00 a.m. Volunteer Special Events First Saturday Shoreline Cleanup
08/10/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
08/10/2019  9:00 a.m. Fishing
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Kids fishing clinic
08/14/2019  6:30 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Twilight kayak tour
08/17/2019  8:30 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Rising sun kayak tours
08/17/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
08/26/2019  9:00 a.m.
Rescheduled 08/27/2019
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Adventures in Homeschooling!
08/27/2019  9:00 a.m. History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Adventures in Homeschooling!
08/28/2019  6:30 p.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Twilight kayak tour
08/31/2019  8:30 a.m. Canoeing/Kayaking/Standup Paddleboard
History/Culture
Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Rising sun kayak tours
08/31/2019  8:30 a.m. Kids/Family
Outdoor/Nature/Natural History
Yoga in the Park
Last Updated:
May 24, 2019