Williamsport Launch Boat Program

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

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Williamsport, MD is 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 a watered aqueduct.

Tours are limited to 10 people. Animals are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. Inclement weather, including high winds and extreme heat, may cause tours to be cancelled.

2024 Seasonal Schedule:

Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm.
First Day of 2024 Season: Friday, June 14
Last Day of 2024 Season: TBD

Length and Content:

The tour lasts approximately 40 minutes, and includes an interpretive history of the canal.

How Do I Get Tickets?

Tickets are FREE and available on a first-come first served basis, one hour before the trip. Please stop by the Williamsport Visitor Center on the day you would like to attend. Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.

Did You Know?

During the late 19th and early 20th century, 30-foot long launch 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 22, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

142 W. Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795



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