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Carefree Boat Club at Occoquan, VA is located on the dock at Onsite restaurant - Madigan’s Waterfront in the historic town of Occoquan. The street address is 201 Mill Street, Occoquan VA.
Location and Access
Carefree Occoquan Boat Club is on the Occoquan River, one and a half miles west of I-95. Route 123, which passes through Fairfax and Prince William Counties, crosses the river at the historic town of Occoquan.
The Occoquan River flows into the Potomac River at Woodbridge, Virginia. Belmont Bay and Mason Neck State Park are on the river’s north side as it approaches the Potomac. Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is on the south side where the Occoquan meets the Potomac.
Carefree Occoquan Boat Club has full use of onsite restaurant Madigan’s Waterfront. Madigan’s has a comfortable indoor dining room with windows overlooking the river, separate bar, plus a large deck for outdoor dining and a Tiki Bar along the water. Club members and their guests often enjoy a meal or drink here before or after a day on the water.
A public boardwalk runs along the river’s edge. The town operates a public dock just past the club’s dock, however almost all of the marina’s slips are currently leased by Carefree Boat Club, making it an exclusive spot. Free parking is plentiful around the marina and there is a large free parking lot under the Route 123 bridge, which is a short one minute walk to the dock.
A historic mill town, Occoquan now offers boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and a few jewelry stores that club members enjoy browsing. Twice a year the town hosts the well-known Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show which draws hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors to the town’s streets.
Things to Do Near the Marina
Depart the dock and cruise east along the Occoquan River, through Belmont Bay and out to the Potomac. On your right you’ll pass Prince William Marina, home of the area’s Sea Ray Dealer where Carefree purchases ours boats - often up to six at a time! Prince William Marina also is home to the waterfront restaurant, The Electric Palm, as well as a gas dock. Belmont Bay is also a popular boating destination and home to our sister marina. In the bay, boats can raft up or drop anchor at the sandy beach, which is a great area for tubing, swimming and exploring. At the southern tip of Mason Neck State Park is a modest sand cliff accessible by boat where children hunt for shark’s teeth deposited 56 million years ago. The area is also home to bald eagles and other birds.
When you reach the Potomac River, you may head upstream towards Mount Vernon and Washington DC, or downstream towards the Chesapeake Bay. There are two small tributaries in this area: Neabsco Creek in Dale City, Virginia and Mattawoman Creek, bordered by Smallwood State Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac. Mattawoman Creek offers quiet places to anchor and enjoy your time with family and friends as well as areas perfect for waterskiing and tubing. The fishing is also excellent here and annual professional bass fishing tournaments are held at Mattawoman due to the abundant largemouth bass.
You may also want to drop by Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse, a popular boaters destination on the Virginia side of the Potomac in Dumfries, Virginia, about 6 miles south of the Occoquan River. Club members tie up on the long dock and occasionally overnight there on our Sea Ray cruisers.
Carefree Occoquan Boat Club has a variety of boats. Visit the our boats page for a current list.
Learn how to become a member:
Contact our membership director (using the form at right) to schedule a tour