Riverbend Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Visitor Center Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Closed Tuesday; Saturday- Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

8700 Potomac Hills Street
Great Falls, Virginia

John Callow,

Riverbend Park Fishing

The Potomac River at Riverbend Park offers anglers of all ages fishing opportunities. Rocks and current provide excellent habitat for hard-fighting smallmouth bass. Sunfish are abundant and provide budding anglers with lots of fun. Both smallmouth bass and sunfish are great for spinning and fly anglers. The river also holds channel catfish that grow big in these waters.


People 16 years and older must have either a Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license. Those under 16 years do not need a license. See the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources fishing regulations
Virginia fishing licenses can be purchased from local sporting goods stores or the DWR web site.
See the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website for Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing Regulations and for Maryland fishing licenses
Riverbend Park encourages catch-and-release fishing. The next trophy-sized fish you catch might have been released by someone else.

Fishing rod/reel rentals

Don't have a fishing rod? Rent one at the park. Riverbend’s rod/reel combinations are perfect for beginners and children.

  • Rod rentals include line and basic tackle.
  • A Virginia or Maryland freshwater fishing license is required for persons 16 years or older.
  • The park does not sell fishing licenses.
  • Virginia state licenses are available instantly online.
  • Additional fishing tackle and live bait are available for purchase.
  • Rentals are available during visitor center hours.
  • Reservations are required for group rentals.

$6 / 2 hours
Valid driver's license required

Fishing Adventure at Riverbend Park

April - October
(5 yrs. and older plus adult)

Perfect for beginners and veteran anglers. 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.

  • Two-hour trip
  • Reservations and advanced payment required
  • Maximum 2 people
  • $125
Request a Fishing Adventure
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