Seneca Creek State Park

Boat Center

Boat Center at Seneca Creek State Park

SERVICE ADVISORY: The Boat Center at Seneca Creek State Park will be open starting Memorial Day weekend, May 29, 2021. 

The Boat Center offers a variety of different vessels for hourly or daily rental on the calm waters of Clopper Lake from May through Labor Day Weekend. Cash, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted at the Boat Center.

Days of Operation: ​

  • August 4 through August 29: Wednesday through Sunday.
  • August 30 through September 3: Closed
  • September 4 through 6: Saturday through Labor Day

Hours of Operation: 

  • August 4 through August 8
    • Weekdays: 11am to 6:30pm - Last boat will be launched at 5:30pm and must return by 6:30pm
    • Weekends: 9:00am to 7:15pm - Last boat will be launched at 6:15pm and must return by 7:15pm
  • August 11 through August 22
    • Weekdays: 11am to 6:30pm - Last boat will be launched at 5:30pm and must return by 6:30pm
    • Weekends: 9:00am to 7:00pm - Last boat will be launched at 6:00pm and must return by 7:00pm
  • August 25 through August 29
    • Weekdays: 11am to 6:30pm - Last boat will be launched at 5:30pm and must return by 6:30pm
    • Weekends: 9:00am to 6:45pm - Last boat will be launched at 5:45pm and must return by 6:45pm
  • August 30 through September 3
    • CLOSED
  • September 4 through September 6
    • Weekend & Holiday Monday: 9:00am to 6:45pm - Last boat will be launched at 5:45pm and must return by 6:45pm

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

  • Canoes and Rowboats: $12/hour or $24/2 hours
  • Single Kayaks: $12/hour or $24/2 hours
  • Tandem Kayaks: $12/hour or $24/2 hours
  • 4 Person Pedal Boats: $12/hour

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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