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Boating and Canoeing

The Potomac River Zero miles from Hancock. For boating, canoeing, rafting, tubing or fishing, it's a wonderful resource that's getting better and better. Get great access to the Potomac at the Hancock public boat ramp.

Little Pool and Big Pool. Both are wide water sections of the C&O Canal. A boat ramp is avaliable at Big Pool in Fort Frederick State Park where boats and canoes may be rented. (Only 14 miles from Hancock.) Little Pool is between Hancock and Big Pool (just six miles from Hancock), where there is parking lot access off of I-70. Bring your boats and fishing tackle, but leave your gas powered engines at home.

For small stream boating and canoeing, check out Licking Creek (7 miles alway) or Sideling Hill Creek part of Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area (12 miles away). There is a boat ramp on Licking Creek at Camp Harding County Park. Check the Sideling Hill Public Lands link for information about Sideling Hill Creek. Both of these creeks join the Potomac River.

If you like lake boating, there's Blair Valley Lake in the Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area (20 miles from Hancock), or the large lake at Rocky Gap State Park (31 miles from Hancock).


Hancock Chamber of Commerce
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Phone: 301-678-5900
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Hancock, MD 21750
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