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Boating and Fishing at Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park
[ 8700 Potomac Hills Street ] [ Great Falls, VA 22066 ] [ 703-759-9018 ]



Fishing Fun

The Potomac River at Riverbend Park offers anglers of all ages many fishing opportunities. Rocks and current provide excellent habitat for hard fighting smallmouth bass. Sunfish are also abundant and provide budding anglers with lots of fun. Both smallmouth bass and sunfish are great for spinning and fly anglers. The river also hosts channel catfish which grow big in these waters. Anglers can rent jon boats, canoes and kayaks to pursue these gamefish.

People 16 years and older are required to have either a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license. Under 16 years do not require a license. Read the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries fishing regulations at

Virginia fishing licenses can be purchased from local sporting goods stores or online at the VDGIF web site. Riverbend Park encourages catch and release fishing. Who knows the next trophy sized fish you catch might have been released by someone before. Refer to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing Regulations.

Canoe, Kayak and Row Boat Rentals

Boating Hours are FRIDAY to SUNDAY 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and HOLIDAYS May through October, 9, 2017.

Boat Rentals are subject to change based on river conditions.

Download Important Boating Information

Please call Riverbend at 703-759-9018 for boat rental and ramp openings.

Row boats, canoes, and tandem, sit-on-top kayaks (must be 16 yrs. to rent) are available for families, anglers, and anyone who wants to enjoy time on the river.

Pets are NOT allowed on boats.


½ Day Rental (Up to 3 hours)

Full Day Rental (Up to 6 hours)

Single Sit-on-top Kayak



Tandem Sit-on-top Kayak



Canoe (3 people max)



Row Boat (3 people max)



All boaters are advised to go upriver from the boat launch area to avoid the Aqueduct Dam which is located one mile down river. No boating is allowed past buoys down river. All rentals closed in hazardous conditions.

Fishing rod/reel rentals
Don't have a fishing rod? Rent one at the park. Our rod/reel combinations are perfect for beginners and children. We supply you with a rod/reel rigged with line and tackle. A Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license is required for persons 16 years or older. The park does not sell fishing licenses. Go online to State of Virginia and get your license instantly. Fishing tackle and live bait are available for purchase. Rentals available during visitor center hours. Reservations required for group rentals. $6/rental (maximum 2 hours). Valid driver's license required.

Fishing Fun

Fishing Guide at Riverbend Park

(5 yrs. and older plus adult) Perfect for beginners and veteran anglers alike. Don’t have fishing experience? Learn how to rig a rod, cast and reel in a fish! Discover where fish live in the Potomac River and the best ways to catch them, all from a boat. Already have fishing experience? Expand your expertise by fishing for feisty smallmouth bass in this world-class fishery. Learn techniques for fishing with a variety of artificial lures and explore some known honey holes with a park naturalist. 2 hour trip. Reservations and advanced payment required. Maximum 3 people. $125

Fishing Fun Birthday Parties at Riverbend Park

(5-12 yrs.), Riverbend Park, 703-759-9018. Celebrate your birthday by having fishing fun with your friends and family. For children 5-7 yrs., naturalist-led activities include bank fishing, games, and activities. For children 8-12 yrs., a park naturalist will lead your group on a fishing adventure from the riverbank. All birthday programs include fishing rods/reels and tackle and a facility rental space. Total party time 2 hours - $200. Themed goodie bags available, $6/bag. Call for available dates. Fee due at time of registration. Refunds requests received two months before the birthday date can receive a refund less a $25 fee. Full refunds given in case of inclement weather.

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