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The Gangplank Marina on the Potomac

Boats docked in the Gangplank Marina.

Make your home at Gangplank

slipholders enjoying fourth of july fireworks



Washington's Downtown Marina

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Wharf Gangplank is a unique marina facility currently scheduled for a complete renovation located in the Washington Channel within walking distance of the Washington Monument. This facility provides a distinctive venue for local and transient boaters seeking the best of all worlds - the luxury of a boater's life and the proximity to the cosmopolitan attractions of the Nation's Capital. It's the perfect on-the-Potomac escape -whether for a week, a season or for a lifetime.

Wharf Mooring Field

The Wharf Mooring Field is now open, offering eight moorings located on the northwest side of the Washington Channel. As of August 2016, boats will no longer be allowed to anchor in the Channel north of the police pier (Pier 5).

The Wharf Mooring Field offers secure and scenic stays in downtown Washington, DC with close proximity to the National Mall, museums, public transportation, retail, and more. If interested in mooring, please contact the Wharf Gangplank Marina Dockmaster at 202-554-5000 or on VHF #16.

Rates: Our moorings are priced at $25.00 per day. Tender access to Wharf Gangplank Marina with access to shower, laundry facilities, and one free pump out is available. Security gate access is also available


  • Visitors must contact the Dockmaster for assignment. (202-554-5000, VHF#16)
  • Afterhours arrivals can be arranged ahead of time
  • You must complete a transient agreement available at the marina office. If you do not have tender access, marina staff will bring the agreement to your boat.
  • Check out is 12:00 noon each day.
  • Rafting on the moorings will not be allowed.
  • Bridles will not be allowed.
  • If you wish to cruise during your stay you must leave your tender on the mooring to reserve it for your return

A Sport Fish Restoration – Boating Infrastructure Grant funded this facility thanks to your purchase of fishing equipment and motorboat fuel. Additional funding provided by The Wharf.

sport fish restoration the wharf


    The Wharf Gangplank does have transient slips available, although reservations are strongly encouraged. 2018 Transient dockage form will be available soon. As a general rule, we will confirm a transient reservation and assign a slip number no more than one week prior to a vessel's planned arrival.
    For Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day, there is a 3 day minimum stay and an additional $.50 cents per foot upcharge.

Sightseeing Central

Gangplank is known for it's proximity to the Nation's Capital and is within walking distance of the Jefferson Memorial, Haines Point and the Capital Building. The Smithsonian, shopping malls, museums, universities and libraries-even an 18-hole golf course-are located close to the marina. Marina based Odyssey Dinner Cruises caters to visitors and corporate clients seeking an "on the water" dining experience on the Potomac--Washington's signature river.

    Fishing without a Pole!

    Whether you choose to tickle your taste buds in your own ship's galley or go ashore, the Gangplank Marina is within walking distance to four great waterfront restaurants- the Cantina Marina, Kings Ribs and Jenny's at the wharf. In addition, the marina is near the Historic Washington Fish Market located at the foot of Maine Avenue near the new Mandarin Hotel. There you can sample oysters from the Chesapeake Bay as well as steamed shrimp, blue crabs or mounds of mussels.

    Capital Cruising

    The Gangplank Marina is only a day's cruise away from the mighty Chesapeake Bay - the country's largest natural estuary. The Gangplank welcomes boaters eager to explore the District of Columbia's historic, cultural and natural attractions. The peak visiting season is spring to summer and early fall. In April, the Cherry Blossom Festival brings thousands of people to see the blooms on trees which were a gift from the country of Japan before the turn of the century. The District sizzles in the summer for the Fourth of July and the annual Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Please check the marina calendar or newsletter for other events during the year.

    Latitude & Longitude:
    N 38°52.600’ / W 077°01.334’