Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Cunningham Falls Lake, Cunningham Falls State Park, 301-271-7574
Launch Site Boat ramp located on Catoctin Hollow Road. Canoes can also be carried down to the lake from parking lots in the William Houck Area. Service charge in effect for William Houck Area and the boat ramp.
Skill Level Novice
Suitable For Families? Yes
Water Conditions Flatwater
Potable Water/Restrooms Both are available in the William Houck Area.
Natural Features 44 acre Cunningham Falls Lake.
Opportunities to spot waterfowl and other birds.
Canoe Rentals/Service Cunningham Falls Boat House rents canoes, paddleboats and jon boats during the summer. Call the park for operating hours.
Camping Camping is available at Cunningham Falls State Park, 301-271-7574 or 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest Early settlers used timber from the forests to make charcoal to fuel the Catoctin Iron Furnace. Too many years of clear-cutting and unscientific farming practices contributed to the overuse and destruction of the land.
Fees or Permits Camping service charge and applicable day use entrance fees

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Leave a trip plan with a family member
  • Personal flotation devices (PFD's) required to be on board for each person in watercraft. Persons renting a Cunningham Falls boat must wear PFD's at all times.
  • Follow Leave No Trace outdoor ethics