Izaak Walton League of America

Watershed Conservation Activities

in Fairfax County, Virginia

Potomac Watershed Cleanup at Mason Neck State Park

Location : Mason Neck State Park - 7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079

April 11, 2015 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Help us take the trash out of Belmont Bay and keep it out of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Izaak Walton League in cooperation with the Alice Ferguson Foundation will be removing trash from the shoreline and waters of Mason Neck State Park as part of the 27th Annual "Potomac Watershed Cleanup".

Basic Information

We will be meeting in front of the Park Visitor Center.
Trash bags, gloves and tools will be supplied.  There will be some drinking water available but you may wish to bring some of your own.

All volunteers are welcome but minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Participants should dress for the weather conditions as this event will be held rain or shine.

Conditions at Mason Neck

Mason Neck State Park is located on Belmont Bay near the confluence of the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers. The shoreline is level and is mostly composed of firm sand with one or two swampy areas. The Bay itself is part of the tidal potomac. There is generally a two foot depth difference between high and low tide. In many places in the bay water depth may be two feet or less at low tide.

At high tide much of the shoreline is generally covered with water. Fallen trees are the most common obstacle although they are fairly easy to climb over or walk around. Old clothes are recommended. Rubber boots may be advisable for some sections of the shoreline if water levels in the Potomac are high.
High tide on April 11th will be around 12:30 pm 1.

Use of Watercraft

When they are available, we use motorboats and canoes to transport most of the trash that we pick up to the collection point (Canoe Launch) and often to move groups of volunteers to areas of the park in need of attention. Generally the Park Management will loan us some of the park's canoes and equipment. We also endevour to recruit at least one volunteer with a boat equipped with gas engine for every cleanup. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own canoe, kayak or shallow draft motor driven boat as long as it is light enough to be carried and launched by no more than 4 people as the park has no boat ramp. Alternatively larger vessels can be put into the water at either Pohick Bay Regional Park or Occoquan Regional Park. The boat owner however will be responsible for paying any launch fees.

We ask that every occupant of a boat, canoe or kayak wear a coast guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) while they are in the watercraft.


From Reston take the Fairfax County Parkway Route 286.
Just before Fort Belvoir, take the Route 638 Rolling Rd ramp.
Keep right and merge onto Route 638 South - Route 286 South Fairfax County Parkway.

Turn right onto Route 1 south then turn left onto Route 242, Gunston Road and then right onto High Point Road.

From Alexandria take Route 1 south turn left onto Route 242, Gunston Road and then right onto High Point Road.

From the Capital Beltway Interstate 495 South, going toward RICHMOND-ALEXANDRIA.
Take the Interstate 495 South exit, EXIT 57A, toward RICHMOND.
Merge onto Interstate 395 South.
Interstate 395 South becomes Interstate 95 South.
Take the Route 642 exit, EXIT 163, going toward LORTON.
Turn LEFT onto Route 642, LORTON RD.
Turn RIGHT onto Route 1 South.
Turn left onto Route 242, Gunston Road and then right onto High Point Road.

Please check back often as this webpage will be updated periodically as the event date approaches.

For information and directions please call Colin Riley at 703-200-3994 or send an email to fairfaxwatershed@yahoo.com

Home Results of Past Cleanups

1. Tidal Predictions for the Potomac River at saltwatertides.com