The Sailing Center has paddleboats, sailboats, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, jon boats and trolling motors to rent. The BranderBelle pontoon seats 13 and is available for parties and Saturday morning cruises and comes with one of Brandermill’s friendly captains. Bass fishing tournaments are held on the reservoir in the spring and fall or try a little fishing anytime on your own. Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries Laws apply when fishing on the Swift Creek Reservoir.
Branderbelle Pontoon Boat Rides
Cruise the reservoir aboard the BranderBelle, a captain piloted pontoon boat available for rent for your private party from May 1 to the end of October operating seven days a week by reservation and availability. Residents may make reservations beginning April 1. We sail as early as 9 a.m. and tie up for the night as late as 9 p.m. What a beautiful way to treat out-of-town guests or to celebrate a special event. Captains have been trained and are a great wealth of information about the surrounding area and wildlife. Passenger limit is 13 with no exceptions including adults, children and infants. All children under the age of 1 are required to have a US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device to be worn at all times while underway.
- Rentals of boats are only available to Brandermill property owners and tenants in good standing with the BCA.
- Reservations are required with a minimum of one week notice.
- Contact BCA office, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 804-744-1035 x1005 or email for reservations.
- Pontoon boat reservations may not be made at the Sailing Center, directly through a captain or online.
- Fishing or swimming is not allowed from the boat.
- No pets allowed except for service dogs.
- No smoking onboard.
Pontoon Rental Fees: 2 hours is $60
Early Bird Cruises
On the last Saturday of the month from May through October, 8 a.m.
$5 per person, cash only, payable at the Sailing Center in Sunday Park before departure. Food and drinks are permitted.
Passengers are seated first-come, first served basis (13 max) and are treated to an early morning 90 minute cruise around the Swift Creek Reservoir. Photographers are bird enthusiast are likely to see many species hunting for their morning meal. A photo ID maybe required to for proof of residency for at least one member of your party.
Brandermill Sailing Center • Small Boat Rentals
The BCA operates a boat rental program throughout the summer. The Brandermill Sailing Center is located on the southeastern shoreline of the Swift Creek Reservoir next to the boat launching ramp in Sunday Park. The Sailing Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursdays through Sundays and holidays, weather permitting; hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Rentals are for Brandermill residents and their guests 18 years of age or older. Please bring some form of ID showing proof of residency in Brandermill.
For assistance in renting boats please call 804-744-7649.
Boat Rental Fees (payable by cash, check, cc/debit.)
- American Sailboat — $33/2 hours; $16.50/extra hours; $50 all day*
- Puffers, Sunfish, Canoe, Kayak, Jon Boat — $25/2 hours; $12/extra hour; $36 all day*
- Motor & Battery — $12/2 hours; $6/extra hour; $17 all day*
- Paddle Boat — $12/hour
- Paddle Board & Paddle — $12/hour
- Security Deposit — $50/credit card
* all boats must be returned by 6:30 p.m.
Brandermill Sailing Center
Located at the dock in Sunday Park, Brandermill Sailing Center is open from 1 to 7 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, and all holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Appointments for rental boats are available outside normal operating hours with advance registration for all-day boat rentals. Please stop by or telephone the sailing center at 744-7649 for more information. All rental units are the property of Brandermill Community Association and are due back at the sailing center by 6:30 p.m. A rental agreement, provided at the sailing center, must be signed prior to use of any boats. Fees are payable at the time of signing and can be made with cash, check or credit card. (See boat rental fees above.)
Paddle boats, row boats, kayaks, canoes, and Sun Fish and Aqua Fin sail boats are for rent. The very popular paddle boards are also available on weekends. The number of passengers for each boat is determined by weight, generally limited to 450 pounds. Paddle boats accommodate up to two people. Electric motors for row boats are also available.
American sailboats, the largest available rental boats, will accommodate a two- to four-person crew, up to 800 pounds total weight. Renters may be asked to provide evidence of sailing proficiency or demonstrate ability before signing the rental agreement.
All rental boats come with approved personal flotation devices, paddles and necessary equipment.
BCA members, tenants and their guests may launch their own boats free of charge at Sunday Park or The Landing, but all boats must be properly registered with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Brandermill Community Association. Annual decals for registering boats with the BCA are available at the BCA office and must be displayed on the starboard bow of privately owned boats. These decals are also required on all boats stored at the marina and on storage racks throughout Brandermill. Residents and guests using launch facilities or rental options must display hang tags from the rearview mirror of their cars left in parking areas. Vehicles with trailers must be parked in the designated trailer parking lot at Sunday Park. Parking passes can be obtained at the BCA office and at the sailing center during normal operating hours. Vehicles without proper parking credentials are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Boat Registration for Residents
Boat registrants who are renting t-racks, posts or slips must be in good standing with the BCA (assessments must be up to date) All watercraft used on the Swift Creek Reservoir, whether stored on BCA property (t-racks, posts, or waterfront property) or stored at a Brandermill home (in garage/under deck), must be registered annually with the BCA for general identification purposes and use of Brandermill boat launch sites. This includes windsurf, paddle boards and inflatables. The annual fee for registering a boat for Home Storage is $25.
Boat Storage Options
Brandermill residents may store a boat on BCA property by annually renting spaces. Waterfront property owners may store 1 motorized and 1 non-motorized boat at the water’s edge directly behind their home. The boat may be pulled up into the common property and chained to a tree or a post.
The options include:
- Sunday Park: t-racks, beach posts, mooring
- The Landing at Commodore Point: t-racks, beach posts, boat on trailer parking spaces
- Waterside Park: t-racks
- Please call 804-744-1035 x1005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to for more information or to check availability as we are often rented to capacity.
Pricing per year is as follows:
- T-racks: upper - $60; middle – $65; lower - $70
- Beach posts - $100
- Mooring ball - $65
- Boat on trailer space - $100
- Home beach - $100 per boat
Please call 744-1035x1005 or email email@example.com to for more information or to check availability as we are often rented to capacity.
Guest Boating/Fishing Passes
Residents may obtain a guest boating/fishing pass for a guest from the BCA. Passes are only issued for one day and are free of charge. All guests must be accompanied by the resident. Please call 804-744-1035 x1005 or email for more information.
Swift Creek Reservoir
Swift Creek Reservoir was constructed in 1965 as a public water supply for Chesterfield County. The 12 million gallon per day capacity at Addison-Evans Water Treatment and Laboratory Facility provides an average 7.5 million gallons of drinking water per day for the county. The reservoir is a 1,700-acre impoundment containing approximately 5.2 billion gallons of water. The Swift Creek Reservoir Watershed is located in the northwest part of the county and encompasses 61.9 square miles. Its headwaters are located in Powhatan County. The watershed is divided into the following sub-watersheds, based on its tributary streams:
|Little Tomahawk Creek||Otterdale Creek||Dry Creek|
|Tomahawk Creek||Horsepen Creek/Blackman Creek/Deep Creek||Fuqua Creek|
|Turkey Creek/Swift Creek||West Branch|
Swimming and wading from BCA property is not permitted.