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"Every Day is Canal Day" T-Shirt CONTEST!!!!!

We're opening the design of the "Every Day is Canal Day" to you, to show what the Schuylkill Canal Park means to the community. Please email designs with the words "Every Day is Canal Day" and your favorite park images no later than 8/8 to info@schuylkillcanal.com. Selected design will win $100 cash and $100 Sly Fox Gift Card.

SCA Fund Raiser

The COVID-19 Pandemic has dramatically increased public use as one of the few opportunities for people to enjoy time outside their home. As you’ve no doubt noticed in your visits to the park, heavy storms have dropped trees, causing damage to the canal water trail and other land trails. It has also prevented us from having our major fundraiser, Canal Day. To raise money for our educational programs and the maintenance of the park, canal, lock, and trails in partnership with Montgomery County please consider donating--


and purchasing our "Every Day is Canal Day t shirt with one of your wonderful designs when announced.

2020 Every Day is Canal Day

We regret to inform you that we will not be hosting our traditional Canal Day event on the last Sunday in June 2020.  We all know the reason why.  

Canal Day is our biggest annual fundraiser and the proceeds usually enable us to maintain the area, keep the land and water trails open, host our other events, and partner with other great organizations.  We are starting to plan a smaller event for late summer or early fall and we will keep you updated. 

Now that you know that we are canceling our annual event this year, we’ll let you in on a little secret.  Canal Day is every day!   Lock 60, the towpath, and land and water trails are more popular than ever and we need to remind everyone that it is a shared space that a variety of people use for a variety of reasons.  We ask that you respect trail closures, area property owners, and others when visiting our great area. 

We know it is not the best time to fundraiser but we have to do it if we want to stick around.  We hope to come up with a few creative ways to encourage you to support us in 2020.  Which is a better t-shirt? No Canal Day 2020 or 2020 Every Day is Canal Day?

See you soon,


This Event has been Rescheduled
Due Recent Events

Lock Opening the third Sunday of Every Month at 3:00
Weather Permitting


This Event has been Rescheduled
Due Recent Events

Saturday, April 18th, 8 AM – 12 PM


NEW DATE  Saturday, October 31


Lock 60 and Schuylkill Canal Park, 610-917-0021

Join the Schuylkill Canal Association for our spring clean-up at Lock 60 and the Schuylkill Spree celebrating the Schuylkill River Trail. The Schuylkill Spree Weekend includes kayaking, cycling, running or hiking along the trail, volunteering at various points along the River for spring clean-ups, and a party at St. Michael's Park in Mont Clare with Live music. The spree is sponsored by the Sly Fox Brewing Company and more information can be found at: http://slyfoxbeer.com/srt-spree

This Event has been Rescheduled
Due Recent Events


Sunday, May 17th from 1 to 3 pm

NEW DATE  Saturday, October 31

Rise and Fall of the Schuylkill Navigation System

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 610-917-0021

Join the Schuylkill Canal Association for a discussion on the history of the Schuylkill Canal from it birth to its present day.  The discussion will be followed by the opening of Lock 60 at 3:00. Ages 8 and up with an adult; pre-registration requested, meet at Locktender’s House.

This Event has been Canceled
Due Recent Events

Sunday, June 28th, 8:30 AM to 4 PM

39th Annual Canal Day

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 400 Towpath Rd., Mont Clare, Pa, 610-917-8030

The SCA invites the community to its 36th annual event.  At Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, PA (right across the river from Phoenixville).

This day full of family-oriented fun along the Schuylkill Canal Park includes food, music, kids' games & crafts, competitive activities such as the  Canoe/Kayak 5-Mile Water Trail Race, and the and world renowned International Canal Joust.

The Canal Day $5/person donation will be accepted upon entering the access road from St. Michael’s Park to Lock 60, children 12 and under are free.

Please be advised, Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, starting at 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM,

A handicap-accessible shuttle bus will bring people back and forth, free-of-charge, from the parking area all day.

Where is the Schuylkill Canal?


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: 


2019 SCA Newsletter

Article - The Building of the Schuylkill Navigation System, 1815-1828 

by Edward J. Gibbons, Siena College 

Message Regarding 2017 Water Lettuce Clean Up

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