Mount Vernon has for a long-time welcome guests arriving by river, including private boats.

To provide the very best experience to all of our guests we ask that those wishing to use our wharf abide by the following guidelines:

  • Wharf hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, April through October.

  • The estate’s contracted commercial sightseeing vessels have priority for tying up, arriving and departing.

  • All private vessels are welcome on a first come, first served basis.

  • Boats are only allowed to dock on up-river side of Wharf.
    • Approaching vessels should navigate to starboard, leaving Wharf Pavilion to Port.
    • Approaching vessels should hail Wharf Master on Marine VHF Radio Channel 16 for docking instructions.

  • Captain must check and secure any lines the Wharf Master has handled while assisting docking. This includes protective devices such as fenders.

  • Docking Agreement must be signed and returned to Wharf Master.
    • Agreement must contain a cellular phone number for emergency contact.

  • Estate Admission is required for all arriving guests.
    • Government issued ID to be held by Wharf Master until proof of purchase is shown.
    • Tickets may be purchased either online from mobile device or at the Mount Vernon Ticket window.

  • Rafting only allowed with the permission of the Wharf Master.

  • The Wharf master can be reached by:
    Phone 703.799.6856
    Marine VHF Radio Channel 16
    wharf@mountvernon.org
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