- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2002

It's not hard to reach Theodore Roosevelt Island. From Washington, take the Roosevelt Bridge over the Potomac to the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the parking lot is at the first exit. There is no access to the lot from the southbound parkway. Park in the lot and take the footbridge to the island.

From the Rosslyn Metro station, head toward the Key Bridge and follow the signs. The island is within walking distance from Georgetown across the footbridge.

No bicycles are allowed on the island, and pets must be leashed. The island and parking lot close at dark.

For information on National Park Service educational programs or to connect with the many private groups that offer cleanup and island-appreciation activities, call the George Washington Memorial Parkway at 703/289-2552. The parkway Web site is www.nps.gov/gwmp.

The Potomac Conservancy's Web site gives information about activities planned by several groups, from midnight paddles on the Potomac to volunteer opportunities all over the watershed. Check it out at www.potomac.org.

Boats, canoes and kayaks are available at the following boathouses, where all hours are seasonal and subject to weather conditions.

• Fletcher's Boat House, 4940 Canal Road NW. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (return by 6 p.m.) Monday-Friday, 7:30 or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.(return by 6 p.m.) Saturday, Sunday. Rentals from $10 an hour or $18 a day. See www.fletchersboathouse.com or call 202/244-0461.

• Jack's Boathouse, 3500 Water St. NW (at Key Bridge). 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Rentals from $10 an hour or $30 a day. Call 202/337-9642.

• Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW (at Rock Creek Parkway). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (return by 6 p.m.) Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (return by 5 p.m.) Sunday. Rentals from $8 an hour or $24 a day. See www.guestservices.com/tbc or call 202/333-9543.

Sanjay Talwani

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