• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Towpath Temporary Closures

    7/9/14- 4pm, Many towpath sections still remain closed due to the storm. This include MP98 to MP76 and MP162 to MP144. Crews will be working again tomorrow to continue clearing the towpath. Please use caution and stay clear of tree clearing crew

  • Towpath Reroute!

    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 »

Private Canal Boat Tours

Photo of Georgetown Canal Boat

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

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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 upstream entrance Paw Paw Tunnel.

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...