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.
Temporary Bridge Closure near Fletchers Boat House
Contact: Daniel Copenhaver, (301)745-5818
Temporary Bridge Closure near Fletcher’s Boat House
Washington D.C. – The National Park Service is temporarily closing the small bridge leading to Fletcher’s Boat House located in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The bridge leads to the vehicular underpass access to the river. Routine semi-annual inspection by Federal Highways Inspectors revealed accelerated corrosion on several of the steel beams. As a precaution the park is closing the bridge for approximately 3 weeks while temporary repairs can be made.
The park is asking the public to stay clear of the immediate work area for their safety while repairs are being made. Visitors can still access the park on foot across the large bridge over the canal, but parking will be limited on the Abner Cloud House side of the canal.
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...