Saturday, December 9, 2023

James City County Marina Prepares for Visitors Fourth of July Weekend

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of James City County)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of James City County)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — As July Fourth festivities draw near, the James City County (JCC) Marina is prepared for the increase in traffic.

“We’re excited for citizens to get back to the James City County Marina this Fourth of July weekend!” James City County Parks Administrator Alister Perkinson said.

Along with the increase in traffic for the holiday weekend, it is anticipated that the JCC Marina may have limited parking. However, JCC Parks & Recreation provided key recommendations for boaters and visitors who plan to be out at the newly reopened marina.

“We recommend that boat ramp users visit before 11 a.m. to ensure parking,” said Perkinson. “We also ask that boat trailers be backed up to the tree line adjacent to the boat ramp after launching.”

Perkinson says that there will be park staff onsite to help with organizing trailer parking. Also, visitors are able to check the status of parking by calling the Marina Store in advance, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 757-565-3699.

“Alternative boat access to the James River is also available at Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Brickyard Landing Park” Perkinson added.

Paddlecraft rentals are also available at the Marina Store. This includes rentals for kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes. Visitors can reserve paddle crafts in advance by calling the Marina Store during its operating hours. Rentals are available until 30 minutes before the Marina Store closes.

“Paddles and life vests are provided as part of the rental,” said Perkinson. “Rentals are also available at Jamestown Beach Event Park, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, and Little Creek reservoir Park.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the James City County Marina on June 22. While the marina is now open to visitors, improvement work continues on the refueling station and the pump-out system.

For more information, call 757-565-3699 or visit James City County’s official website.

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