Boating

Ramps & Rentals
for boating

From public boat ramps in both salt water and freshwater, to boat rentals, such as canoes, jon boats, and paddle boats, Newport News has you covered.

PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS - FRESHWATER

Newport News Park – Lee Hall Reservoir

A launch permit is required prior to launching in Newport News Park. Please call 757-888-3333 for more information.

  • Powerline at Discovery Center Launch
  • Campsite Launch
  • Jefferson Avenue Launch

Newport News Park – Harwood’s Mill Reservoir

A launch permit is required prior to launching in Newport News Park. Please call 757-888-3333 for more information.

 

PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS - Saltwater

Denbigh Park

Hours: Sunrise – 10 p.m.
Located at the end of Denbigh Boulevard, provides access to the Warwick River

Peterson’s Yacht Basin

Hours: 24 hours
Located at 16th Street and Walnut Avenue, provides access to the Hampton Harbor

Huntington Park Boat Ramp

Hours: 24 hours
Located near the entrance to the James River Bridge on Mercury Boulevard, provides access to the James River

Paddle Boat, Canoe & Jon Boat Rentals

Boat rentals are available daily year-round at the Newport News Park Campsite Office and on weekends and holidays during summer months at Lee Hall and Harwood’s Mill (jon boats only) concessions. Paddles, oars, and personal flotation devices are provided. You must be at least 16 years of age to rent watercraft. Canoes are not available for rent when the water temperature is below 60 °F.

TypeRate
Canoe$8 per hour (plus tax)
Jon Boat$8 per hour (plus tax)
Paddle Boat$10 per hour (plus tax)

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Harwood’s Mill

500 Oriana Road (SR 620) Yorktown, VA 23692 Highway Exit: 255B from I-64   Located at the southeastern end of Newport News Park, in York

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Huntington Park

About Huntington Park, features a 60-acre park with public beach and public boat ramp, 2002 American Rose City rose garden, picnicking, ball fields, and playground.

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Denbigh Park

About Denbigh Park is a 13.3 acre marshland park located by the Warwick River, a tributary of the James River, featuring: A short walking/hiking trail.

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Newport News Park

One of the largest municipal parks (almost 8,000 acres) east of the Mississippi River, Newport News Park offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking,

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