Mallows Bay-Potomac River
National Marine Sanctuary
Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary protects and interprets the remnants of more than 100 World War I-era wooden steamships – known as the "Ghost Fleet". The best way to see this national treasure is by kayak but check out today's new Sanctuaries 360 video and explore the Ghost Fleet without ever getting your feet wet!
Whether you're walking the shore or paddling through history, the Ghost Fleet is your gateway to recreation and educational opportunities.
Beyond the Ghost Fleet, the area's history includes connections to the Revolutionary and Civil wars, as well as the rich heritage of commercial fishing operations, the Department of Defense, and three tribal nations. Its significance is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and its listing as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Community partnership is a hallmark of every national marine sanctuary. Communities actively participate to inform and evolve sanctuary management objectives and to enable partnerships that benefit sanctuary resources and the community itself. Volunteer networks, citizen science, and advisory councils are among the opportunities available to learn and share information about the sanctuary and promote stewardship of its resources.
Volunteers Make a Difference
All national marine sanctuaries rely on the energy and passion of volunteers. Force Blue is a volunteer organization that unites two worlds by helping veterans and helping the environment. A team from Force Blue volunteered to conduct an initial survey of the subaquatic vegetation in Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. The data that they collected provides much needed information on the various species and the health of the sanctuary.