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.
Commercial Filming and Photography
Any Commercial Filming and/or Photography that take place in Montgomery County Maryland and/or the District of Columbia must be processed through the National Capital Regional Park Programs Division. To obtain an application and additional information, contact the NCR Park Programs Division office at (202) 619-7225.
Our basic responsibility is to protect the natural, cultural and recreational resources for which we, the National Park Service, are ultimately responsible, and to avoid conflict with the public's normal use and enjoyment of the parks. Please remember that aesthetic values such as scenic vistas, natural quiet and dark night skies are resources that we value.
Things We Cannot Do for You
We cannot accommodate a project if
We do not close parks to the public when filming occurs. We will assign a park ranger to assure that there are no conflicts among park uses. Although we allow the public to watch you work, we do NOT advertise when, where, or what filming is occurring in our parks.
The National Park Service is required to recover all costs associated with permits for filming and photography. Administrative charges, including evaluation of the application and processing the permit, are mandatory and non-refundable. Location charges are estimated based on the information you provide in your application. All charges must be paid before work can begin on NPS property. Any monitoring costs, such as overtime, are posted as they occur. Monitoring charges must be paid within 7 days of the invoicing.
Under Public Law 106-206, all commercial filming and still photography activities are subject to location fee. This fee is set within a schedule and based on the number of people on-site per day.
We will accept a FAX copy of the certificate until your insurance company can mail us the original.
Did You Know?
The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property. More...