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Antietam Creek Canoe is a small, fun, full service Maryland canoe, kayak, tube livery and outfitter on the banks of historic Antietam Creek.
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  • Livery Services :   [details and prices here]
    • Canoe Rentals on Antietam Creek With shuttles.
    • Guided/Instructional Trips on Antietam Creek
    • Float tube rentals on Antietam Creek
    • Kayak Rentals on Antietam Creek
    • Canoe/Kayak Guided Trips Historic Seneca Creek Area, and Washington D.C.Waterfront
    • ACA Certified Instruction:
      • Safety, canoe/kayak related Rescue.
      • Stroke & Paddling Improvement.
      • Solo & Tandem (ACA) canoe instruction introduction through white water. Instructor Certification Classes through L4 WW
        [click here for ACA instruction details]
      • Kayak instruction [Introduction Thru basic Coastal Level 3]
      • Off Site instruction and paddling. We bring the boats to your facility (camp, lake, pool, office picnic, pool party etc.)
      • New this year - we bring your party to Antietam Creek, Reilly's Lock or Violet's Lock for an outing and bring the party back to the pick-up spot. [bus limit 14 generally Group limit 24 generally]
    • Sales, boats, gear and materials. 
    • Repairs and Outfitting, Wholesale Mini Cell Foam cut to order
      [Prices and more details are in "Livery Details]        


We are On Antietam Creek, at Devil's Backbone Park near Boonsboro Maryland, which is the take out for Antietam's  upper section [Funkstown to Our Place/ Devils Backbone Park] and put in for the lower, Antietam Battlefield to The Potomac, section. [that left hand arch in the bridge picture below is the actual put in. It's about 30 feet from our parking area and in our front yard] We are smack in the middle of the 22 miles of Antietam Creek that we service, from Funkstown Maryland to our place(10 mile run) and from our place to the Potomac River (12 mile run). If water levels are above canoeing zero [which they almost always are], we operate the livery Weekends starting April 16 from 10 to dark on an appointment/reservation basis. Call/email in advance for all services and rentals.  No call, no email means no guarantee of available boats or shuttles or that I'll be there with the band playing. We tailor each trip just for you. So ... Weekend or not, call in advance Cool Hollow
# 1 301 302 7534 [AM before 9 - PM after 9]
 or Boonsboro / cell with voice mail [never rely on voice mail] anytime 1-240-447-0444 or better, send an email to schedule your wish.


1.PUT IN AND PICK UP TRIP starting at Devil's Backbone [link to all generic trips offered]
A. Arrive at the Put in at Devils Backbone 10:00AM [directions]
B. Sign waivers,  unload all the gear you want on the trip, pay fees, make sure your car keys are safe. [run a shuttle if you want your car at the take-out, adds 30 min at start but saves more than 30 min at end]
C. Smart Start Orientation at the put in 10 - 20 min. Longer if requested; shorter if you look bored
D. Put in at about 11AM [Trip can be guided or unguided]
E. Lunch on "two Goose islands" about 12:30
F. Take out at Burnside Bridge, 3PM load boats on the waiting trailer and shuttle; refreshments are on the shuttle during take out and the 15 min trip back to the put-in.
G. Pretty simple for a trip you may never forget.

In general Unguided trips [rentals] including boat, gear and shuttles; on Antietam Creek cost $35-$40 per person. Guided trips with instruction $60-$80 per person. [Link to livery prices detail etc.]

Also, in general, we have discounts for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Church, School, Canoe/Kayak Clubs and similar groups. Inquire, all discounts are discussed and agreed to and invoiced prior to the paddle date.

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Revised: August 22, 2014.