The Fairfax County Police Department wants to remind visitors to Great Falls Park to please obey all posted signs and advisories. Recently, U.S. Park Police have encountered numerous people out in the Potomac River. Since 2010, eight residents of Fairfax and Montgomery Counties have died entering the water and numerous people have had to be rescued.
The river may appear calm, but underneath the currents are deceptively strong. These currents can carry a person quickly down the river and no matter how good a swimmer, it’s hard to escape or get to a shoreline. Please make sure to adhere to the rules of the park and recognize that the fine for entering the water is up to $235.00 and possible arrest. Stay safe while visiting the park and enjoy the outdoors.