Friday, July 22, 2016

Boats on the Occoquan


I love summer. And summer never seems quite complete without water and boats. And one of my favorite places to see boats on the water is on the Occoquan River. I'll never forget the first time I road over the Occoquan via I-95. What a view! The shimmering blue water with all the boat docks simply begged a tour. Well my son and I had an opportunity to explore the area up close!


In the distance is the bridge for Route 1, and beyond that is the bridge for I-95...


In the other direction the Occoquan empties into the Potomac River which then empties into the Chesapeake Bay.


I confess as much as I love all this deep sea ports, I'm still terrified by the deep water.


Long story from my past about that fear. Nevertheless, summer is never quite complete without water.


Since I was doing this post, I thought I'd do a bit of research. After all, since I live in Virginia now and drive across the Occoquan, in one part of Northern Virginia or another, I should know something about it. After all, it's a part of our geography, which surely drives the history of the area. Well after doing some research, I was rather surprised at how much "in my backyard" this river is.

The river was named by the Dogue tribe of Indians. Occoquan means "at the head of the water" or "at the end of the water." It is formed by both Broad Run and Ceder Run. There are a total of 3 dams along the length of the river. The Occoquan River pretty much forms the boundary between Fairfax and Prince William Counties. The famed John Smith of Historic Jamestowne explored the waterways of Virginia, including the Occoquan.

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