The best/easiest place to launch your kayak to explore Dyke Marsh Preserve is at Belle Haven Marina. There are two boat launches at the marina -- one for motorized boats and such, and the other is next to the kayak rental shack, and that's the easiest on your kayak to launch. From the kayak launch, we turned left and once through all the moored boats, hugged the shore, keeping it on our right as we paddled along.
Altogether, the beauty and interest of this paddle was unexpected and delightful. We enjoyed seeing the sailboats and other boats in the main part of the river channel, as well as the sweeping view of National Harbor on the opposite shore, plus Woodrow Wilson bridge.
Our paddle adventure took us just over 3 hours, to paddle the 3-odd miles, allowing for many stops to contemplate the scenery and take photos.
Know before you go: If you launch from Belle Haven Marina, there is a $5 launch fee. If you don't own a kayak, you can rent one at the marina through November.
Getting there: Take the Belle Haven exit off of the George Washington Parkway.
Hours: Belle Haven Marina is open weekdays, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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