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Seneca Creek State Park Quest

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Lake Life

Introduction To Quest

Clopper LakeThis Quest will take teams on a canoe trip around Clopper Lake to learn about the different species that inhabit the lake and many other lakes in Maryland. Park Quest participants will be responsible for locating five stations around the banks of Clopper Lake. Each station will include three laminated pictures of native species and nicknames for the species that the participants will have to record in their packets. The participants will use the provided species identification guide to assist them in identifying the species. They will complete a fill in the blank activity about the different species.

Quest Information

Start at the Clopper Lake Boat Center. There you will receive your instruction packet and the boat center staff will assist you in getting into your canoe and onto Clopper Lake. Once you are on Clopper Lake proceed with the packet instructions. When you have completed all stations, return to the Boat Center. A staff member will check your activity and stamp your passport.

The Boat Center will not rent boats in the event of a thunderstorm. The Quest will involve boating in direct sunlight. Be sure to dress accordingly and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. All persons will be issued a PFD and all persons under the age of 13 are required to where their PFDs at all times while on the docks and in the canoes.

Quest is available weekends and holidays only from May 13th until June 21st. June 21st through September 4th, the Quest will be available Wednesday through Sunday. Boat Center hours are between 8 a.m. and one hour before sunset. Please plan on having the quest completed by at least one hour before sunset. In the event the Boat Center is closed, the quest can be completed by hiking the Lakeshore Trail to each station. Canoes are rented on a first come first served basis, and a valid ID is required to fill out the Boat Rental Agreement. Call ahead to check equipment availability at (301) 963-8788.


Seneca Creek State Park experiences its highest visitation times on weekends and holidays after 1pm. It is suggested to complete the quest during “non-peak” hours, typically Monday through Friday, non-holidays, between 8 a.m. and one hour before sunset.

Park Information

A 6,800-acre natural oasis in one of Maryland's most densely developed counties, Seneca Creek State Park extends 14 scenic miles along Great Seneca Creek as it winds its way to the Potomac River. The Clopper day-use area contains many scenic areas, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake which is surrounded by forests and fields. Picnicking, boat rentals, trails, and a tire playground are just some of Seneca’s great recreational opportunities. A restored 19th century cabin and a self-guided path located near the Visitor’s Center will interpret the history of the local area. Nearby, the Schaeffer Farm Trail Area offers 12 miles of marked trails for hiking and mountain biking. For the more adventurous hiker, the 16.5-mile Seneca Creek Greenway Trail follows the entire course of the river. During the month of May, the Schwartz Peony gardens and field plants are in bloom.

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg MD 20878
Park Headquarters: 301-924-2127
Boat Center: 301-963-8788

Directions to Seneca Creek State Park

  • Seneca Creek State Park is located in Montgomery County.
  • From Washington, D.C, Virginia and points south, take I-270 north towards Frederick, Maryland. Take Exit 10, Clopper Road (Route 117). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. The park is approximately 2 miles on the left.
  • From points north, take I-270 south towards Washington, D.C., take Exit 11 (MD Route 124 west). Turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. At the second light, turn right onto Clopper Road (Route 117). The park is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.
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