• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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Boat and Bicycle Rentals

The National Park Service partners with two concessioners in the downstream end of the canal.

The Boathouse at Fletchers Cove located at milepost 3.2
Bicycle and Kayak Rentals
www.fletcherscove.com

Thompson Boat Center located at milepost 0
Bicyle and Kayak Rentals
www.thompsonboatcenter.com

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...