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Matoaka Boathouse

Thanks for a great paddling season! The Boathouse is currently closed for the semester. Stay tuned for potential summer hours!


The Boathouse and Boathouse Attendants provide paddling opportunities on Lake Matoaka to include Sit-on-Top Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards, Solo Canoes, and Tandem Canoes. Boats are limited and it is a first-come, first-served system. Come on down to the boathouse with a W&M ID during regular Boathouse hours and enjoy the lake.



The Matoaka Boathouse is currently closed for the semester.

Boathouse Paddle Sessions:
Boathouse Hours


Monday / Wednesday / Friday 




Saturday & Sunday


Family Paddle: Sat. & Sun from 12PM-1PM. 
Matoaka Boathouse Information

Please note that the Boathouse will be closed during official school breaks and on the following dates:

  • Sat. April 16 - Closed
  • Sun. April 17 - Closed
  • Fri. April 29 - Closed
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
    • TBA
Requirements for Checking-Out Vessels
  • William & Mary ID
  • Guest are welcome if accompanied by someone with a W&M Id.
  • 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 and complete a waiver. 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 or as an Official Member of the W&M Bottom Feeders Fishing Club. Only 4 fishing vessels will be permitted on the lake at any given time. Contact the Keck Lab for more information.)
Contact Us:

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