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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.
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.
Permanent Mooring Permits for Pontoon Boats and Deck Boats
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. Members who live in a cluster or condo association must also obtain written consent from the cluster or condo HOA to confirm there is an acceptable mooring spot. 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. The permits are active April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Payment for the permanent mooring fees must be paid annually before June 30. The Permanent Mooring Permit application form can be downloaded here.
General Access Permits (for hand carry boats which include but are not limited to kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, johnboats, wind surfing boards and paddleboats.)
Members interested in accessing Reston lakes must register their hand-carry boats with a General Access Permit. These permits are free. The General Access Permit application form can be downloaded here.
For questions associated with boat registrations and renewals, please contact Sandy Behrs at 703-435-6513 or by email at Sandy@reston.org; Will Peterson, RA’s Watershed Manager, at 703-435-6535 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Garrett Stewart, RA’s Watershed Specialist at 703-435-6560 or by email at email@example.com.
Check back this spring for updated dates, hours, and fees for the Lake Anne Plaza boat rentals.