6/14/14- Towpath breach at MM 106, just below Dam #5. Towpath Detour in place (this detour does not leave park property). Please be aware of possible towpath hazards due to heavy rains.
Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed
Purslane Run, Stickpile, Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campgrounds and Paw Paw Campground water pump handles have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be installed when good water samples are received.
Parking Lot Closure
CSX is now beginning a phase of their bridge project that requires the closure of the Lock 74 parking lot for approximatly 18 months. Access to visitor parking near Lock 75 is now re-opened with a gravel parking lot at the site.
Boat Rides at Great Falls
Regularly scheduled tour times for the mule-drawn canal boat at Great Falls have changed. In July and August 2014 tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00. Please call the Visitor Center for more info: 301-767-3714. More »
Frequently Asked Questions
THE CANAL TODAY
When did the government acquire the Canal?
When did the Canal become a National Park?
How many acres does the Park own?
What is the condition of the Canal today?
When was construction started?
When was the Canal completed?
What was the cost of the Canal?
How many years did it take to build the Canal?
How many people comprised the labor force?
DIMENSIONS AND STRUCTURES
How long is the Canal?
How deep is the Canal?
How wide is the Canal?
How wide is the towpath?
What is the distance in elevation end to end on the canal?
How many locks are on the Canal?
What are the dimensions of the locks?
What was the size of the cargo boats?
How big was the family’s cabin on the boat?
How many dams were built along the Canal to divert river water into the inlets?
How many aqueducts were built along the Canal?
How many culverts were built along the Canal?
What are the dimensions of the Paw Paw Tunnel?
How long did it take to construct the tunnel?
What were the years of operation?
How long was the journey down the Canal?
How many trips did a boat take per year?
How much coal did a boat take per trip?
How much money did a boat make per trip?
When was the peak year of the Canal?
How many boats operated on the Canal?
How many mules worked on the Canal?
What was the speed limit on the Canal?
How long does it take to "lock through"?
How long is the towline?
A mule is a cross between what two animals?
How many mules needed per boat?
How long did the mules work before they needed a break?
What did the mules eat?
Did You Know?
The Paw Paw Tunnel is 3,118 feet long and is lined with almost six million bricks. The 2/3 mile long tunnel saved the canal builders almost six miles of construction along the Paw Paw bends of the Potomac River. The project took twelve years to complete. The tunnel was only wide enough for single lane traffic. More...