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The Dogue Indians called this land "Pohick," the Algonquin word for the "water place". Today, Lorton is still the water place surrounded by the tidal waters of the Potomac River and it's tributaries making it an excellent boating and fishing environment. The temperatures, especially on Mason Neck, are strongly influenced and moderated by the large water surface surrounding Lorton. Much of the coast line is park land both wildlife preserve and recreational park.

Mason Neck is a peninsula on the tidal Potomac River formed by Pohick Bay on the north shore and by Occoquan Bay on the south. On a map, it looks like a horses head sticking out toward the river. The area between the head and neck is Belmont Bay. The developed recreation areas are concentrated where they will least disturb the delicate balance of nature.

Boating opportunities include boat ramps and boat and RV storage also small boat rental at Pohick Bay Regional Park on Mason Neck. Rental boats include: Sailboat, Jon Boat, Pedalboat, Canoe & Sea Kayak Rentals

Mason Neck State Park provides a car-top boat launching area. Fresh and brackish water fishing are available. A valid Virginia fishing license is required. Interpretive Programs: Beachcombing, pond study, birdwatching, canoe trips, fishing clinic, active volunteer program, night hikes, teacher workshops, hands-on experiential educational opportunities, evening programs, butterfly gardens, E.A.G.L.E. programs

A number of marinas and boat dealers are available for support of boating sales, service, and docking along the Occoquan River.

The historic mill town of Occoquan on the Prince William shore may be visited by boat at the public dock. So boaters could put-in at Pohick Bay sail around Mason Neck, across Occoquan Bay between wildlife marshes, and tie-up for a delightful repast in quaint Occoquan or stretch their legs at Occoquan Regional Park.

The observation deck of the Marina Building at Fountainhead commands a spectacular view of the widest point of the Occoquan Reservoir providing Fishing, Bass Tournaments, Boat Ramp, Canoe, Jon Boat & Electric Motor Rentals

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Headquarters
5400 Ox Road
Phone: 703-352-5900
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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