Seneca Creek State Park

Boat Center

Boat Center at Seneca Creek State ParkSERVICE ADVISORY: Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic the Boat Center at Seneca Creek State Park is closed. We will resume boat rental operations as soon as it is possible to do so under public health guidance, but at present we cannot predict an exact reopening date.

The​ Boat Center offers a variety of different vessels for hourly or daily rental on the calm waters of Clopper Lake. Bait, fishing poles and tackle are sold from the Cedar Shed Gift Shop in the boat rental area. T-shirts, disc golf equipment, ice cream, water and other gifts are available as well. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the Boat Center and Gift Shop.

Programs, including pontoon boat tours, guided paddles, and Take Me Fishing, are held regularly throughout the summer months. Check out some of Seneca Creek State Park’s upcoming programs here.

Days of Operation:

  • Weekends and holidays only: May 2-June 14
  • Wednesday-Sunday starting mid-June through Labor Day
  • Last day of operation: Labor Day: Monday, September 7, 2020

Hours of Operation:

  • Weekend operating hours May 2nd -June 14th: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. All boats must be docked by 7 p.m.
  • Weekdays June 17th- Labor Day: 12 noon – 6:30 p.m. All boats must be docked by 7:30 p.m.
  • Weekends and Holidays June 20th- Labor Day 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. All boats must be docked by 7:30 p.m.

Boat Rental Prices:

*All rentals include paddles/oars and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for everyone on board

  • Canoes and Rowboats: $12/hour or $42/4 hours
  • Single Kayaks: $12/hour or $42/4 hours
  • Tandem Kayaks: $13/hour or $46/4 hours
  • 4 Person Pedal Boats: $12/hour
  • Pontoon boat tours: Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.: $3 per person (private tours available by reservation on weekdays only)

Boat Center Rules:

  • Private watercraft may be launched at the hand launch only boat ramp at the bottom parking lot near the Boat Center.
  • Gas powered motors are not permitted on the lake. Electric motors are allowed.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted in rental boats.
  • Children under the age of 13 must wear a PFD at all times when on the docks and boats. Ages 13 and over must carry a PFD with them at all times on the boats.
  • Rentals will only be given to those over age 18 with a valid photo ID.
  • No boats are permitted on the water for at least 20 minutes after thunder is heard.
  • Lockers are not available. Please leave all personal items locked in vehicles.

Self-Launch Boating

Seneca Creek State Park Boating & Fishing, photo by Yudong SongClopper Lake

The 90-acre Clopper Lake provides a great venue for small, flatwater boating in the heart of Montgomery County. Private watercraft (no gas motors) are permitted throughout the year during normal park hours. Private watercraft must be removed from the lake at least 30 minutes prior to sunset. Boats are also available for rent at the park’s Boat Center.

Private watercraft including canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and other small vessels, may be launched at the hand-launch area at the bottom parking lot just beyond the Boat Center. You must be able to lift your boat and carry it to the water; as there is no trailer-launch boat ramp at Clopper Lake. USCG-approved life-jackets must be on board for all occupants.​

Great Seneca Creek

For those looking for a stream experience, the Class I-II Great Seneca Creek is suitable for canoes and kayaks during wet weather periods. Be sure to check the USGS gauging station at MD-28, which should read 2.1 feet. Parking and a put-in site are available at MD-28. Take out is recommended at the Riley’s Lock boat ramp near the Seneca Aqueduct. Paddling time is approximately two hours.​​​​​​​​​​