Riverbend has established a timed ticketing system for boat rentals due to the pandemic and subsequent safety considerations.
You must buy a ticket in advance to rent a boat
Riverbend Park offers kayak, canoe and SUP tours on request for friends, office groups or anyone looking for a scenic day out. Paddle amongst the river islands, relax, and enjoy the river wildlife.
Paddling Program Waiver
Please download and bring the signed form with you on the day of your scheduled tour or class.Request a Paddling Adventure
Water skiing, jet skis, big boats and tubes are NOT permitted. The river section near the park is shallow and rocky. There is no whitewater in this section of the river.
BE AWARE! There is a dangerous dam one mile downriver from the Riverbend boat ramp. A line of white buoys marks the danger area above the dam. Boaters may not pass the buoys.
KNOW THE RIVER: Current River Stages Map: Potomac River Basin
For researching river levels on the link above, Little Falls is the closest recorded river level to Riverbend Park. When Little Falls reaches a level of 4.6, Riverbend Park's boat ramp is closed. The ramp is closed at approximately 3.0 feet on the gauge at Riverbend.
Boat Ramp Closed: When the river level is within the DANGEROUS (RED) level at the Riverbend boat ramp. The river is unsafe for boating.
Boat Ramp Open–Experienced Boaters Only: When the river level is within the CAUTION (YELLOW) level, the Riverbend boat ramp is open but at a higher than normal boating level. Use caution.
Boat Ramp Open-All Levels: When the river is below the CAUTION (YELLOW) level, the river is at or below the normal boating level.
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