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
Bald Eagle Island and Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pumps handle 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.
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?
Aqueducts are water filled bridges. Aqueducts carried the canal and boat traffic over major waterways, like rivers. Of the 11 aqueducts built along the canal, the Monocacy Aqueduct is the longest at 516 feet, its seven arches constructed mainly of stone quarried from nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. More...