Map It
Site Name Violettes Lock / Lock 23
Water BodyChesapeake and Ohio Canal
Physical AddressViolettes Lock Road, Darnestown, MD 20874
DirectionsFrom 495 take exit 39 for MD-190 west toward Potomac. Merge onto MD-190 (River Road) west. Left at Violettes Lock Road.
Owner/Manager NameNational Park Service
Owner/Manager Phone301-739-4200
Owner/Manager Email 
CommentsThis site is also known as Lock 23 and accommodates put and take for non-motorized vessels only. Be aware of the diversion dam at the entrance to the canal. This site also has a picnic area.
# of Ramps0
# of Ramps ADA0
Ramp Width (Feet)0
Ramp SurfaceGRAVEL
Large BoatsNo
Vessel Size NoteThis site is for the launch and retrieval of small, non-motorized vessels only.
Soft LaunchYes
Soft Launch ADANo
# of Piers0
Transient UseNo
Fee Or Permit RequiredNo
Parking Lot TypeGRAVEL
Parking Lot SizeMED 5 -20
# of Car Spaces10
# of Car Spaces ADA0
# ofTrailerSpaces5
# of Trailer Spaces ADA0
Turnaround AreaYes
Trash ServiceNo
Fuel on siteNo
Questions And UpdatesIf you have a question about this site, contact the management agency using the phone number or contact information provided above. Permit/launch fees can change without notice so this site does not list them. Any corrections or updates to the information above can be sent via e-mail to
Tide Information
 Map It