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Join National Capital - Trout Unlimited, Northern Virginia – Trout Unlimited, CCA Greater Washington, CCA Northern Virginia, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Capitol Region, Potomac River Smallmouth Club and the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, for a fun-filled multi-week fishing tournament on the Tidal Potomac. All net proceeds will go to support Friend's of Fletcher's Cove.
Fletcher’s Cove is a cherished natural resource located just below the fall line in the Potomac Gorge, within the boundaries of Washington, DC. As the highest navigable point on the Potomac River and a gateway to the full bounty of the spring spawning runs, this unique inlet has played an important role in our region’s history. With the growth of our nation’s capital into a world-class city during the course of the twentieth century and federal ownership of the riverbank, Fletcher’s Cove developed into the place we know now–a greater metropolitan retreat to nature for everyone.
One of the most frequented stops along the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the main attraction of the Cove remains the public boat availability and Potomac access originally provided by the Fletcher family well over one hundred years ago. Today this longstanding access to fishing, boating and recreation on the river is threatened and could be eliminated due to a man-made landform, dating to the 1960’s, that altered the flow of the river and has contributed to problems of excessive siltation ever since. The Cove is filling in and two previous dredging projects failed to provide a permanent solution.
Now the Friends of Fletcher’s Cove group is working closely with local and federal partners to develop a plan for the permanent restoration of the Cove.