Sandy Run Regional ParkScholastic Rowing Facility and Racecourse
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.
Individual, club, and scholastic crew activities are currently taking place at Sandy Run Regional Park. Only athletes and coaches are permitted in the park; no spectators are allowed for the 2021 season due to COVID restrictions. Athletes and coaches should focus on a get in, train, and get out approach.
Please abide by posted no parking signage. Do not block gates or park illegally. Please use proper social distancing protocols when in the park. Please take all trash with you when you leave.
The park is typically closed to the public.
December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020: Sandy Run Regional Park is Closed; NO ROWING.
February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020: 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 conditions. Collegiate and scholastic rowers must follow the guidelines in the Sandy Run Regional Park and Bull Run Marina Operations Manual.
NOVA Parks Cold Weather Restrictions:
When the air temperature is below 50 degrees or the water temperature is below 50 degrees, you may not row unless accompanied by a launch that remains within 35 meters of your shell, with no more than 2 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.
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, 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.
by Chris R.