• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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Fish

Largemouth bass

Largemouth Bass

Historically, 43 species of fish have been encountered in the waters of the park, including the Potomac and ShenandoahRivers and the streams leading into them. Popular freshwater game fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass (Micropterus salmoides and M. dolomieu), channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), and bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus). Beginning in Spring 2003, the park will be undertaking a fish inventory. Results of this survey will be made available upon its completion.

Did You Know?

Robert Harper was granted an exclusive ferry concession in 1861.

Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.