Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park
THE SCHUYLKILL EAST TRAIL BETWEEN LOCK 60 AND UPPER SCHUYLKILL VALLEY PARK IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. RECENT FLOODING CAUSED DAMAGE THAT NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED.
TO SEE RE-OPENING SCHEDULE AND GUIDELINES, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
Spotted Lanternfly Control Activities:
Lock 60 has been selected for Spotted Lanternfly control activities in partnership with the Montgomery County Conservation District, in an effort to combat this destructive invasive pest. Ailanthus altissima, invasive "Tree-of-Heaven," is the preferred host of the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). A qualified licensed contractor will be killing the invasive Tree-of-Heaven throughout the selected parks and treating select trees with systemic insecticide, through establishment of "trap trees," to kill the Spotted Lanternfly which feed on these trees. This work presents no harm to humans, animals or the environment and work is being carried out in accordance with PA state protocols and standards.
For general information about the Spotted Lanternfly, visit Penn State Extension's website: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly
About the Park
The Schuylkill Canal Park boasts a number of outdoor recreational experiences. This site is a treasure trove for nature lovers featuring areas for wildflower walks, premier birding paths, a favorite local fishing spot, a public boat launch, and a five-mile water loop trail. Beautiful views of the Schuylkill River make for a pleasant visiting experience. Picnic tables are available along the River.
In addition to its outdoor beauty, the site holds many pieces of historical interest. A fully restored, working lock on the Schuylkill Canal, originally built as part of the Schuylkill Navigation system, is demonstrated for groups and during special events. This lock, one of 72 originally built on the canal, was constructed in the 1820s and was originally part of the Oakes Reach. The site includes the original Locktender’s house (exterior restoration) as well as canal information and memorabilia. The house is open by appointment and during special events.
The site, purchased by Montgomery County from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Mine Reclamation in 2010, is managed daily by the Schuylkill Canal Association. View more information about the Schuylkill Canal Association.
The park welcomes leashed dogs. Owners are responsible to monitor their pet’s behavior and dispose of waste.
Note: There is no swimming, jumping or diving at Lock 60.
The Schuylkill River Trail of the county trail system provides visitors easy access to the Lock and recreational area. Some areas are “on road” for bicyclists.