Sandy Run Regional Park

Scholastic Rowing Facility and Racecourse
crew team at Sandy Run

Located along the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Virginia, Sandy Run Regional Park houses the area’s scholastic rowing facility and racecourse. The facility’s three boathouses and 2,000 meter Class A racecourse provide a venue for rowing crew education, training and competitions. The boat launch and facility are open to registered crews and their personnel only.

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Opening Hours

The park is open from sunrise to sunset for authorized users only.  Launching is for rowing shells only, from registered crews and clubs only.  If you are interested in launching a personal rowing shell, please contact

The park is generally not open to the public.  If you are interested in launching a Jon boat, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard please visit Fountainhead Regional Park.

Spectators are permitted for regattas.  Alcohol and propane/grilling/open flames are not permitted. Pets are not permitted on regatta days.

If you are attending a VASRA sponsored High School regatta, please click here for important parking and arrival information.



From December 1st until January 31st of the following year, Sandy Run Regional Park is closed. NO ROWING IS PERMITTED.

From February 1st through March 31st of each year, adult rowers may take out 2x, 4x, 4, 8x, or 8’s in pairs.  No singles may be taken out during this period unless accompanied by a launch; even in unseasonably warm weather.  Collegiate and scholastic rowers must follow the guidelines in the Sandy Run Regional Park and Bull Run Marina Operations Manual, provided to each team every year.

Cold Weather Restrictions: When the air temperature is below 40 degrees and/or water below 50 degrees, you may not row unless accompanied by a launch that remains within 35 meters of your shell, with no more than two shells per launch. 

Weather conditions can change very quickly on the reservoir.  Each rower is required to monitor the safety conditions of current air and water temperature, wind velocity, weather forecasts, and obstructions on the water surface.


Sandy Run Regional Park

10450 Van Thompson Road
Fairfax Station VA 22039
United States

Manager: Kate Irwin

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Such a great place to row

Such a great place to row. A wide river, 11+ miles of rowable water from the dam up to Bull Run park... Read more

Such a great place to row. A wide river, 11+ miles of rowable water from the dam up to Bull Run park, with some tree protection the whole way. Also a first class 6 lane 2km race course. Be aware that in the spring there are a lot of high school boats on the water in the weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

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