Recreation on RA Lakes

Reston's four man-made lakes (Lake Anne, Lake Thoreau, Lake Audubon and Lake Newport) provide members boating opportunities. While swimming and ice skating are not permitted, fishing, boating, wildlife watching and lakeside picnicking are available to RA members and their guests.

Boat Permits

Each year Reston Association conducts an extensive monitoring process of permanently moored pontoon and deck boats that are on Reston’s lakes. During that process, our staff checks for the current mooring permit and yearly decals to be visible on boats. We also check the condition and size of boats to ensure that they meet the requirements outlined in RA’s rules and regulations.

Download the Reston Association Boat Guide and learn about rules and regulations governing boats in Reston.

Members interested in becoming a boat owner should review the Boat Guide and contact Reston Association to confirm the boat they are obtaining meets association standards. RA staff will also confirm with the boat owner the size category associated with the boat. Boat owners must complete a Permanent Mooring Permit Application to register a new boat and complete payment through WebTrac. Payment for the permanent mooring fees are paid annually starting April 1. For questions associated with boat registrations and renewals, please contact Sandy Behrs at 703-435-6513 or by email at The permit application form can be downloaded here.

Lake Anne Summer Boat Rentals

Enjoy a journey across Lake Anne in a canoe, kayak, paddleboat or rowboat. Rental tickets can be purchased at Reston’s Used Book Shop, 1623 Washington Plaza (near the fountain). Contact the Book Shop by calling 703-435-9772.

Hours of Operation (May 24-Sept. 2)
Thursday: 4-8 p.m.
Friday: 4-8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hours of Operation (Sept. 8-30)
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $10 per boat for 1-hour rental. Cash only.
Boat operator must be at least 16 years of age. A parent or legal guardian (18 years of age or older) must sign a waiver/ agreement and accompany passengers under the age of 16. Swimming is not permitted. Pets are not allowed in boats.

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