SERVICE 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.
*All rentals include paddles/oars and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for everyone on board
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.
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.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)