Williamsport Launch Boat Program

Park Rangers riding in launch boat
Rangers riding in a launch boat.


In the summer of 2019, enjoy a FREE half hour 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.


2019 September Schedule
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
The last day of operation for this season is September 29, 2019.

Length and Content:

The tour will include a 30 minute interpretive history of the canal and the restoration of the Conococheague Aqueduct. For the rest of the season, the tour will only cross the aqueduct, then turn around to return.

How do I get tickets?

Since the Conococheague Aqueduct ribbon cutting, we've seen an unprecedented interest in our launch boat program - in the first 4 days the aqueduct was open, 315 people took a launch boat ride across the aqueduct. We're currently evaluating different ticketing systems to determine what works best for our visitors.

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: September 14, 2019

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