Law Enforcement Rangers in full uniform standing under a NPS canopy.
Law enforcement rangers representing the National Night Out event in Williamsport, MD.

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The 184.5 mile stretch of the C&O Canal offers many recreational opportunities for families, historians, nature enthusiasts, and the like. Certain rules and regulations must be followed during your time in the park in order to fully enjoy what it has to offer and maintain a safe environment. There are also plans in place that protect the park and its resources in order to preserve the history for many more years to come.

Superintendent’s Compendium

The 2016 Superintendent's Compendium (PDF) discusses the closures, request requirements, and restrictions delegated by the park’s Superintendent. Information on permits, natural resources, boat ramp access campsite locations, animal restrictions, and other important rules about park use are in this document.

Fire Management Plan

The National Park Service put the Fire Management Plan (PDF) in place in order to protect human life, property, natural and cultural resources, and to preserve the C&O Canal for many, many years. This plan includes preparation, training, prevention, and treatment in order to keep fires from occurring and to stop them when they do occur.

Other Management Documents:

C&O Canal National Historical Park Enabling Legislation (PDF)

2006 Park Briefing Statements (PDF)

Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) is a comprehensive information and public comment site for National Park Service projects. Check here for currently open and recently open plans and projects within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP.


Last updated: February 22, 2018

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