• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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

    Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has 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.

Private Canal Boat Tours

Photo of Georgetown Canal Boat

The National Park Service will make your next special event a memorable one. 

NPS Photo

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to celebrate that special event in your life? The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal offers private boat rides for birthday parties, retirement parties, weddings, etc..

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. Special request charter trips may be available. To place a specific need or request please call Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.

Canal boat rentals for a one hour private charter trip is $770.00. Canal boat capacity is 60 people. Trips are subject to availability.

Private tours are not offered in place of regularly scheduled public rides.

Did You Know?

Photo Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...