C & O Canal National Historic Park


Several short and widely separated stretches of the canal have been rewatered and offer nice boating opportunities:

Georgetown to Violettes Lock: Mile 0-22
Big Pool: Mile 112
Little Pool: Mile 120
Town Creek: Mile 162-167

In park waters, electric motors are permitted on boats only at Big Pool and Little Pool. Otherwise, gasoline and electric motors are prohibited on boats.

Take special care if boating on the Potomac River. Canoeing on the Potomac should only be undertaken by experienced adult canoeists. Personal flotation devices are required by law in whitewater areas.

Swimming is not permitted in the canal. Swimming is also prohibited in the Potomac River bordering the District of Columbia and Montgomery County, MD, and is not recommended in other areas of the river.

BOAT RAMPS: 22.8 Seneca, 30.8 Edwards Ferry, 35.5 Whites Ferry, 42.2 Monocacy River, 44.6 Nolands Ferry, 48.2 Point of Rocks, 55.0 Brunswick, 64.9 Dargan Bend, 76.6 Snyders Landing, 80.9 Taylors Landing, 85.5 Big Slackwater, 99.8 Williamsport, 109.0 Four Locks, 110.4 McCoys Ferry, 112.4 Ft. Frederick, 124.5 Little Tonoloway, 140.9 Fifteen Mile Creek (Little Orleans), 156.0 Paw Paw Tunnel (canoes only), 173.3 Spring Gap, 175.5 North Branch (canoes only).

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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