Chesapeake & Delaware Canal

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Chesapeake & Delaware Canal

Maryland

(410) 885-5622

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Overview

The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal runs 14 miles long, 450 feet wide and 35 feet deep across Maryland and Delaware, connecting the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay and the Port of Baltimore. The C&D Canal is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. The project office in historic Chesapeake City, Maryland, is also the site of the C&D Canal Museum and Bethel Bridge Lighthouse

The canal is primarily a commercial navigation project, although it is also open to recreational boats, and public access is allowed along canal banks. There is a single boat launch facility maintained by the Corps, as well as six fishing piers along the canal banks.

The Corps also maintains a Canal Museum at Chesapeake City which provides visitors with a glimpse of the canal's early days. The waterwheel and pumping engines remain in the original pumphouse (now the museum). These steam engines are the oldest of their type in America still on their original foundations. Other artifacts and exhibits in the museum detail and illustrate the canal's history. In 1996, an exterior and interior renovation project was completed at the museum, including access ramps and a restroom for physically challenged visitors. New exhibits include interactive videos and a television monitor which gives visitors up-to-the minute locations on ships as they travel through the canal. The replica Bethel Bridge Lighthouse is also located near the museum and is an example of the lighthouse that used to warn vessels of locks and bridges prior to 1927.

Both the museum and lighthouse are open to the public from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Map of IWW Delaware R To Chesapeake Bay C & D Canal

Latitude, Longitude: 39.530129, -75.807209

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a single boat launch facility maintained by the Corps.

  • Fishing

    There are six fishing piers along the canal banks.

  • Historic Sites

    For more information on the history of the canal, you can visit the C&D Canal Museum. The museum is located in the original pump house used to lift water into the uppermost waterway. The replica Bethel Bridge Lighthouse is also located near the museum and is an example of the lighthouse that used to warn vessels of locks and bridges prior to 1927. Both the museum and lighthouse are open to the public from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seasonality/Weather

The admission-free museum is open year-round, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum is closed Government Holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Directions

Driving

The museum and lighthouse are located in Chesapeake City, MD.

Phone Numbers

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(410) 885-5622

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