Matoaka Boathouse

The Boathouse is CLOSED for Fall 2018 Season. We will open back up in the Spring!


  • 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 Canoe/kayaks/SUPs: may be paddle on lake Matoaka only during official Boathouse hours.  All participants 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 part of official Keck Lab research.)


Paddling Seasons:
(Please note that the Boathouse will be closed during official school breaks.)
Fall Semester

The Boathouse will open on Sept. 8, 2018 and will be closed on Nov. 1, 2018 for the winter.

Spring Semester

The Boathouse will open after Spring Break and will close the day after LDOC. 

Summer Semester

The Boathouse is closed during the summer.

No alcohol or swimming is permitted.

Boathouse Hours:


Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3:00-5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday

2:00-5:00 pm


Inclement Weather:

The Boathouse will close at any time due to inclement weather condition such as, strong winds, rain, snow, thunder, and lightning.

Requirements for checking out vessels:
  • William & Mary Student ID
  • Alumni and Guests must provide a valid driver's license.
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.
Additional Information:

Please contact Tribe Adventure Program at or 757-221-2687