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Restoration work on Lock 3

National Park Service


Construction is Underway on Locks 3 and 4

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is excited to begin the process of restoring the Georgetown C&O Canal area. Site preparations began on October 5th with the removal of the Georgetown Canal Boat from the Canal.

The work on lock 3 will involve dissembling and rebuilding the foundation and walls of the lock using original and added stone. New lock gates will be installed for lock 3.

Repairs to lock 4 will involve repairs to the existing walls and repairing of mortar joints. New lock gates will be installed for Lock 4.

Explore construction updates including images.



A New Canal Boat for Georgetown

The experience of riding a historic replica canal boat along the C & O Canal in Georgetown is a cherished memory for generations of visitors. The National Park Service is working with its partners Georgetown Heritage and the District of Columbria to bring that experience back to Georgetown. Check back for updates on the progress of building a new boat for Georgetown.

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Lock 4 in Georgetown

Georgetown Heritage


Georgetown Canal Plan

The goal of the Georgetown Canal Plan is to cultivate the one-mile section of the C & O Canal NHP in Georgetown into a premier active, flexible, and sustainable urban park. The plan is being developed as a partnership of the NPS, Georgetown Heritage, and the DC Office of Planning.

Over the next year, the NPS and its partners will seek input and ideas on how to improve the park’s unique stone structures, locks, towpath, plazas and street crossings to maximize the park’s educational, recreational and aesthetic potential.

Learn more about the Georgetown Canal Plan.


Related Sites:

Georgetown Heritage is the C&O Canal’s official Friends Group in Georgetown. Find out more about our efforts to restore, revitalize, and re-envision the C&O Canal and how you can get involved at

For more information on culturally significant tourist sites in DC, visit the Cultural Tourism DC site.

Learn more about the Georgetown Business Improvement District involvement and local events.

Discover all that Washington DC has to offer at the Official Tourism Site of DC.


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Last updated: February 21, 2018

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