Williamsport Launch Boat Program

Boats docked at the Cushwa Basin
Launch Boats docked at the Cushwa Basin

Stephanie Spencer

In the summer of 2021, enjoy a FREE boat program on an 1890's replica launch boat in Williamsport, Maryland. Williamsport is now the only place in North America where visitors can view a variety of canal features in one place, including a lift lock and refurbished lockhouse, a railroad lift bridge, a canal turning basin and warehouse, and now a watered aqueduct. Tours are limited to 10 people. Animals are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. Inclement weather may cause tours to be cancelled.

Length and Content:

The tour will include an interpretive history of the canal and the restoration of the Conococheague Aqueduct.

How do I get tickets?

Reservations for rides can be made the day of the tour you would like to attend in the Visitor Center or over the phone. For more information, call the Williamsport Visitor Center Wednesday through Sunday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at 301-582-0813.

Did You Know?

During the late 19th and early 20th century, 30-foot battery and steam powered boats traveled the canal for leisure and business, contrasting greatly with the 90 foot mule-drawn cargo boats that usually dominated the canal.

Last updated: June 7, 2020

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