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Old 03-23-2020, 04:53 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I saw someone asking about boat ramps, and I've had a dozen questions about boat ramps during this pandemic, and it got me thinking it might be helpful to have a spot to share info about what boat ramps are closed and what ramps are open, or maybe to ask questions about specific boat ramps. I know us fisherman & women don't like to share fishing spots, but I'm hoping boat ramp status is general enough to share, especially in these times of crisis! General information is helpful too. For example, I'm fairly certain the latest mandates from VA governor will effectively shut down most, if not all ramps here in VA, but someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that. I know my local ramp (Pohick Regional Park) is shut down. I checked out the Ft. Belvoir Marina today and that looks like a no go as well.

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I found this link which wasn't super helpful for the ramps I was interested in but maybe someone else will find it helpful:

https://www.waterwayguide.com/covid-19-reports
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Iv been giving this some thought & I fully understand any county run park type ramp such pohick bay or any full service marina but on the eastern Shore of VA there are lots of unmanned public boat ramps. A ramp dock & parking so I can go fishing & the only human contact would be refuelling at the gas station. But I have mixed feelings about even this just not sure what's gonna happen

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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
Iv been giving this some thought & I fully understand any county run park type ramp such pohick
I was perplexed why they chose to leave some parts of the park open while closing not ramps. I understand closing the entire park, that makes sense.
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Originally Posted by monstblitz View Post
I was perplexed why they chose to leave some parts of the park open while closing not ramps. I understand closing the entire park, that makes sense.
I'm quite certain their closing the entire park but if not the reason for closing only the ramps could be the human interaction when paying ramp fees
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Originally Posted by monstblitz View Post
I was perplexed why they chose to leave some parts of the park open while closing not ramps. I understand closing the entire park, that makes sense.
I'm quite certain their closing the entire park but if not the reason for closing only the ramps could be the human interaction when paying ramp fees
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
I'm quite certain their closing the entire park but if not the reason for closing only the ramps could be the human interaction when paying ramp fees
I think they will be now. Previously they had some stuff, like disc golf open but boat ramps closed which is what didn’t make sense to me. They have an honor box to handle the payments.

Anyway I definitely understand parks closing and ramps are collateral damage. I understand and I’m not complaining. I only want to find out what ramps are open and which ones are closed before I haul a boat to one.

I’m still of the opinion fishing and boating can be done safely and responsibly while social distancing and I aim to do so as long as I’m able.
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Occoquan Harbor Marina posted about allowing a certain number of users to pay and use their private ramp. Not sure once the mandatory closure of non essential businesses though now so may want to call them.

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Originally Posted by monstblitz View Post
Hi Everyone,

I saw someone asking about boat ramps, and I've had a dozen questions about boat ramps during this pandemic, and it got me thinking it might be helpful to have a spot to share info about what boat ramps are closed and what ramps are open, or maybe to ask questions about specific boat ramps. I know us fisherman & women don't like to share fishing spots, but I'm hoping boat ramp status is general enough to share, especially in these times of crisis! General information is helpful too. For example, I'm fairly certain the latest mandates from VA governor will effectively shut down most, if not all ramps here in VA, but someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that. I know my local ramp (Pohick Regional Park) is shut down. I checked out the Ft. Belvoir Marina today and that looks like a no go as well.

If this is out of bounds or not helpful please feel free to delete or remove.

Thanks!
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge ramps were open on Sunday 3/22. Not sure if they are still open or not.
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With the recent stay at home orders in VA and MD finding open boat ramps will be even trickier I would imagine. Anyone know of open boat ramps in Northern VA? I hadn't had any trouble finding open boat ramps in MD, but with recreational boating shut down there I imagine it's going to be more difficult there so now I'm back looking in VA.
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Originally Posted by mikemapva View Post
Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge ramps were open on Sunday 3/22. Not sure if they are still open or not.
Looks like Leesylvania is still open, as well as other state parks for day use.
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Originally Posted by monstblitz View Post
With the recent stay at home orders in VA and MD finding open boat ramps will be even trickier I would imagine. Anyone know of open boat ramps in Northern VA? I hadn't had any trouble finding open boat ramps in MD, but with recreational boating shut down there I imagine it's going to be more difficult there so now I'm back looking in VA.
Anyone heard a reason that makes sense yet for shutting down boating and boat ramps? It doesn’t get any more isolated than being on your boat in the middle of the bay or ocean. A hell of a lot more isolated than Food Lion.
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Originally Posted by Yellow Fever View Post
Anyone heard a reason that makes sense yet for shutting down boating and boat ramps? It doesn’t get any more isolated than being on your boat in the middle of the bay or ocean. A hell of a lot more isolated than Food Lion.
A lot of them were already closed due to the non-essential businesses associated with them.
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My friend called Maryland DNR and they said that you would be cited is out on the water.
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Originally Posted by 30Concept View Post
My friend called Maryland DNR and they said that you would be cited is out on the water.
From the DNR Website:

“Can you fish/crab from a boat if it is for sustenance?

Limited recreational fishing and crabbing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.”

https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2020/0...at-home-order/

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