River

RIVER ACCESS STATUS: OPEN

The Rappahannock River is currently open at the Interstate 95 bridges. There is no portage in place.

What Rappahannock River Traffic Can Expect During I-95 Construction

Recreational use of the Rappahannock River will continue during construction of the I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

River access will remain open for the majority of construction, which began near the Rappahannock River in November 2018 and will be complete in May 2022. For brief periods, a portage will be installed that will require boaters to disembark from their boat and carry watercraft a short distance across the portage area. 

Signs are being posted along the river beginning in early 2019 to notify river traffic of the construction zone ahead. Additional warning signs will be posted when a portage is in place.

Additionally, boaters can check the real-time status of river access on this page to learn if a portage is active.

Rappahannock River Temporary Closure: Beginning December 2, 2019

Rappahannock River users are advised that a portage will be in place beginning Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 to accommodate bridge construction as part of the Interstate 95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing project.

Signs are posted to guide river users at the portage, which is located at the I-95 bridges. River access will reopen in spring 2020. Additional signs notifying river users of the portage have been installed at major put-in locations upstream: Mott's Landing, Hunting Run, Ely's Ford and Kelly's Ford. 

River users can stay updated by checking this river access page.