Improving public access to waterways is an amazing way to connect communities to nature, boost public health and encourage a conservation ethic. Unfortunately, there are few places in our region where it is easy to get on the water and enjoy those benefits. PEC has been working with partners to address this need.
On August 14, Fauquier County’s second Rappahannock River kayak/canoe launch officially opened at the Rector Tract with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, offering county residents a new public access point to the state-designated scenic river.
The effort is part of a broader goal to create an upper Rappahannock River water trail system, opening up public access to the Rappahannock River in Fauquier, Culpeper, and Rappahannock counties. Local studies have shown that river access is important for improving one’s quality of life, and in a 2017 Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey, river access for boating, kayaking, and swimming was identified as the second highest priority for facility improvements, falling just behind greenway trails for walking, biking and hiking.
The new boat launch in Remington makes traveling on the river easier for residents up and down the Rappahannock. Visitors that put in at Riverside Preserve, near Waterloo Bridge, previously needed to travel nearly 25 miles downstream to the next take out point at Kelly’s Ford in Culpeper County. Now, kayakers and canoers have the option of a 20-mile paddle from Riverside Preserve to Rector Tract, or a much shorter 5-mile float from Rector Tract to Kelly’s Ford.
Access the Rappahannock River
The boat launch is just a short walk from downtown Remington on River Road, off of James Madison Street, located at 12233 River Rd, Remington, VA 22734. Visitors can park just inside the site entrance and head down the hill on foot to reach the boat launch.
Thanks to Our Partners
American Battlefield Trust, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Fauquier County government departments, Friends of the Rappahannock, Remington Community Partnership, John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District, PATH Foundation, Virginia Environmental Endowment, A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Vulcan Materials Company, and resident volunteers.