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 »
Minnies Island Work Project
Cabin John, MD-On Friday, September 18, the National Park Service (NPS), C&O Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) and Potomac Conservancy (Conservancy) will have completed a Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) project allowing paddlers safe access to the Potomac River during low flow conditions. Conservancy volunteers have spent multiple days working hard alongside C&O Canal and Conservancy staff to put the RTCA project physically in place. By dusk, a new launch area will have been established for improved access to the Potomac River. In addition, the groups contributed to the beautification and safe recreation along the C&O Canal Towpath by removing a damaged stairway, reclaiming the area with native grass seed, repairing timber stairs and trimming overgrown vegetation along an existing trail near Lock 8. Anne O’Neill, RTCA Outdoor Recreation Planner for the NPS National Capital Region, was delighted with the outcome. “We were happy to receive Potomac Conservancy’s RTCA application requesting our technical assistance to facilitate this project with C&O Canal. Each partner brought something to the table that the other would not easily have access to alone. As a result, paddlers have improved access to the Potomac River during drought-like conditions. “ Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and Hedrick Belin, President of the Conservancy were present for the first volunteer work day, which coincided with NPS Founder’s Day. Brandt said, “I’m thrilled to have the Potomac Conservancy continue its long and productive partnership with the C&O Canal as we celebrate Founder's Day. From the restoration of lock house 8 and the creation of the River Center to the removal of exotic vegetation, the Conservancy has been there to help connect the park to local citizens and accomplish much-needed work.”
Hedrick Belin, President of the Conservancy said, “Since its founding, Potomac Conservancy has been pleased to join NPS, C&O Canal staff on a number of great projects, most significantly the restoration of Lockhouse 8, River Center. We look forward to continuing this partnership for the long term.”
Did You Know?
Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.