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Recreation

 Looking for things to do in Poquoson? A wide variety of activity options await you, from water play to venue rentals!

Fields & Facilities

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Municipal Pool

The Poquoson Municipal Pool is available to all residents for a small daily fee or affordable season's pass. This six-lane, 200,000-gallon pool hosts a large youth swimming lessons program each summer and is the proud home to the Poquoson Barracudas Swim Team—a member of the Greater Peninsula Swim Association (GPSA)

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Athletic Fields & Courts

Not only do our schools offer ample dedicated fields, but Poquoson also is home to:

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Library

Poquoson Public Library is one stop with unlimited possibilities. Our library serves as the community hub for educational and recreational events, and provides a variety of services and resources to help achieve academic success and lifelong learning. 

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Community Center

The Poquoson Community Center is a small building available as an event venue rental for parties and more. It comes equipped with chairs, tables, a small kitchen and a meeting room. Resident rentals only.

Boating & Paddling

Poquoson is a paddler's paradise! Our 87 miles of beautiful shorelife beckon you for a day of play on the bay. Our waterways provide a seamless journey around the City connected by the Poquoson River and Back River. Come explore our many inlets and coves, as the tidal waters host an ever-changing environment.

  • Nature - The City's water trails meander through a great variety of flora and fauna, taking you within reach of bald eagles, heron, deer, marsh grasses and wildflowers.

  • Landmarks - During your aquatic excursion, you'll also enjoy vistas of local landmarks including Factory Point, NASA/Langley Research Center, and Langley Air Force Base.

 

Got a bigger boat?

Poquoson has plenty of open water to explore, plus marina services for boaters and fishers. Be sure to check out the Poquoson Yacht Club.

Want a Poquoson boat tour or guided fishing trip?

Our business community has several companies that offer boat charters and tours, such as Lu-Sea Adventure Charters and Reel Tails Sportfishing & Cruises.

Need to rent a boat slip?

The City rents out slips at Messick Point. See availability.

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BLUEWAY MAP
Poquoson Canoe & Kayak Trails

Public Boat Ramps
 

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Hunts Neck Landing
  • 1 public boat ramp

  • Small paved parking area

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Amory's Wharf Landing
  • 1 public boat ramp for small craft

  • Paved parking

  • Picnic tables

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Cedar Landing
  • 1 public  boat ramp

  • Gravel parking area

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Messick Point Landing
  • 2 public boat ramps

  • Ample paved parking & trailer parking

  • Picnic area

  • Public restrooms

  • Pump-out station

  • Slips for rent

  • Electrical and water hookup

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Rens Road Landing
  • 1 public boat ramp  to

  • Walk-out pier and pump-out

  • Picnic tables

  • Parking

  • Larger craft use caution when launching due to varying depths

Poquoson Marinas
 

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Messick Point Marina

757-868-3580
Lat 37° 06.5N Lon 76° 19.1W
380 Messick Road, Poquoson, VA

 

Boat slips for rent. Convenient and easily accessible free public boat ramps on-site. Slips accommodate boats up to 40 feet long. Water and electrical service available at the pier. Easy and convenient, free daytime trailer parking. Small craft launch on-site. Public restroom facilities and picnic area.

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Whitehouse Cove Marina

757-508-2602
Lat 37o 0.30N Lon 76o 22.38 W
105-B Rens Road, Poquoson, VA

 

An impressive 165 boat slips, with deep water access to the Chesapeake Bay; floating docks with full length finger piers. Transient dockage for boats up to 110 feet. On-site facilities include swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, picnic area, pet friendly, laundry, shower & restroom facilities. 50 amp power service, free public boat ramp (Rens Road) nearby. Enjoy the Surf Rider Restaurant and the coastal sunsets as you dine on the outdoor deck also located at Whitehouse Cove Marina.

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York Haven Marina

757-868-4532
100 Mingee Street, Poquoson, VA

 

79 boat slips; MLW of 6 feet; services include haul-outs up to 65 feet; 50 ton travel-lift, 20 ton forklift, contracted or do-it-yourself repair yard. Serving mariners on the Chesapeake Bay for 3 generations. Wet slips, boat, trailer & RV storage.

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Islander Marina

757-592-8098

127 E. River Rd, Poquoson, VA.


Slips available for rent; 30 amp service; accommodating
boats up to 44 feet.

Fishing Reefs
 

Poquoson is located within minutes of 4 man-made fishing reefs. All are a short trip by boat from most launching points in the City. In addition to the ones below, you can find additional reefs using the interactive reef map link provide

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York Spit Reef: “YS” by buoy; located east of the entrance to the York River, ½ nautical mile south of New Point Comfort Shoal.


Poquoson Reef: “PQ” by buoy; approx. 2½ nautical miles east of the Goodwin Islands and northwest of Poquoson River channel buoy “4”. The reef runs parallel to the Poquoson River channel.


Back River Reef: “BR” by buoy; circular reef located 3 nautical miles east of Plum Tree Point between Back River and Poquoson River.


Bluefish Rock: “BF” by buoy; approx. 4½ nautical miles east of Buckroe Beach and the entrance to Salt Ponds.

Other Outdoor Offerings

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Crabbing & Fishing

Poquoson is known for some of the best fishing in Virginia! According to local Whitehouse Cove Marina, common saltwater fish you can catch in the area include striped bass, flounder, spot, croaker and sea trout. For freshwater enthusiasts, catfish, bass and panfish are commonly found in the bay’s small tributaries. In addition to these popular choices, Poquoson is also home to a wide variety of other less common species such as herring, perch and bluegill. If you want to set up some (non-commercial) crab traps, head out from Messick Point.

Photo by Jess Cochran.

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Playgrounds

Poquoson is the place for families! We have a variety of outdoor play places where the kids can burn off that energy while parents set up lunch on nearby picnic tables (some parks have picnic shelters available for reservation!). Choose from:

Playgrounds & Trails
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Nature Trails

Love to walk? Poquoson is flat, so all three of our trails are easy to enjoy. Our most popular is the Marsh Walk Trail at the Poquoson Museum, which incorporates 750 feet of raised platforms with interpretive signs highlighting different native wildlife and plant life.

Affordable Rec Programs

Adult Leagues, Classes & Clinics
such as:

  • Tai Chi class

  • Kickball league

  • Pickleball workshop

  • Cooking class
  • Art class
  • Firearm safety class

Kids' Camps & Classes
such as:

  • Lego camp

  • Sailing camp

  • Basketball camp
  • Cooking class
  • Babysitter training
  • Swimming lessons
  • Lifeguard training
  • Running club

Kids' Athletic Leagues
such as:

  • Basketball

  • Volleyball

  • Soccer

  • Baseball/softball

  • Field hockey

  • City swim team

Please note these are examples over several years and might not reflect exact offerings at this time. To see and register for current options, visit:

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