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Matoaka Boathouse

The Matoaka Boathouse will be OPEN Monday March 22!

Weather permitting, the Matoaka Boathouse will open on Monday March 22. Pre-registration required. 

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Boathouse Paddle Sessions:
Boathouse Hours

Monday - Friday 





 Family Paddle will be discontinued until further notice due to COVID-19.
Matoaka Boathouse Information

(Please note that the Boathouse will be closed during official school breaks)

Boathouse information
Matoaka Boathouse Seasons
  • Fall Semester
    • The Boathouse will open at the beginning of the fall semester and close around the beginning of November for the winter, weather-depending.
  • Spring Semester 
    • The Boathouse will open when water and air temperatures are consistently warm enough to paddle. This date usually occurs in the weeks following spring break. Stay posted for our official opening date!

  • Summer Semester
    • The boathouse has limited hours of operation during the summer.
Requirements for Checking-Out Vessels
  • William & Mary Student ID
  • Currently no guests will be permitted due to COVID 19.
  • All participants must sign a boathouse waiver before engaging in paddling activities. Waivers will be provided at the Matoaka Boathouse by boathouse attendants.
  • All participants are required to wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD). The Matoaka Boathouse staff will provide fitted PFDs for all paddlers.

The Boathouse is located near the Briggs Amphitheater. Follow the gravel road behind Miller Hall (Mason School of Business). Parking is to the left at the bottom of the hill (college parking decal required). The Boathouse is the green concrete block building closest to the lake.

  • The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is not permitted
  • Swimming is not permitted
 Additional Information about the Matoaka Boathouse:
  • INCLEMENT WEATHER REMINDER: Please note that for your safety, the Matoaka Boathouse will close during inclement weather such as rain, high winds, thunder and lightning.
  • Personal canoes/kayaks/stand-up paddle boards (SUPs): may be paddled on lake Matoaka only during official Boathouse hours.  All participants using their own vessels must check-in at the Matoaka Boathouse. Personal boats may NOT be stored at the boathouse or waterfront.
  • Fishing Update: Shoreline fishing IS PERMITTED with a W&M ID AND valid VA freshwater fishing license. Fishing is permitted from sunrise to sunset.  Fishing is NOT permitted from the Boathouse dock. Fishing from a boat is NOT permitted (unless on the list for official Keck Lab research. Contact the Keck Lab for more information.)
Contact Us:

Please email [[w|tap]] with any questions regarding the Matoaka Boathouse