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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • NEW Overnight parking system

    Before parking a vehicle overnight in any Canal Parking area, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Print your reciept and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center. More »

  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island and Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker Campsites have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.

  • Boat Tours at Great Falls

    Due to low water levels in the Great Falls area, call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714) in advance of your trip to confirm the mule-drawn boat tour schedule.

  • 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.

Closure at Mccoys Ferry

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Date: April 8, 2011

 C&O Canal National Historical Park News Release

April 4, 2011
For Immediate Release
Daniel Filer (301) 714-2218

McCoy’s Ferry Campground Closure


Clear Spring, Maryland –  McCoy’s Ferry Campground will be closing at 11 am on Friday, April 15, 2011, in preparation for the C&O Canal Pride Days volunteer event at the site.  The campground will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  Volunteers will be working with park staff to improve the camping facility.  Improvements will include new grills, fire rings, picnic tables, and additional parking.

If interested in assisting the park as a volunteer at the Saturday, April 16 th  event from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, please contact Jeff Hutman with the C&O Canal Trust, the park’s official partner, by telephone at 301-745-8889 or by e-mail at hutman@canaltrust.org.

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Did You Know?

Photo of park rangers interpreting building the canal.

Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe. More...