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 »
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 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...