Conowingo and Muddy Run Recreation Sites Closures and Modifications Due to COVID-19, Effective May 12, 2020

Conowingo and Muddy Run Recreation Sites Closures and Modifications Due to COVID-19,  Effective May 12, 2020

 

Conowingo and Muddy Run Recreation Sites Closures and Modifications Due to COVID-19,
Effective May 12, 2020

Consistent with the State of Emergency announced in Maryland and Pennsylvania, CDC guidelines, and our FERC licenses, Exelon is providing the following update regarding Recreation Sites.   All public programs, events, and trainings are canceled through June 30, 2020.   Portage around the Conowingo Dam is currently not available. 

The following recreation sites will remain closed until further notice:

  • Conowingo Visitor's Center
  • Conowingo Swimming Pool
  • Muddy Run Visitor's Center


The following recreation sites will open on Friday, May 15, 2020, with exceptions and subject to adherence to Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, Health Department requirements, and CDC Guidelines:

  • Fisherman's Park
    • The following will be open: wharf, boat ramp, Mason Dixon Trail, and Wildflower Trail.
    • The following will be closed: Pavilion, bathrooms, and vending machine area are closed.  Parking may be limited and if full, please exit the park. No parking on grass will be allowed.


The following recreation sites will open on Friday, May 22, 2020 subject to adherence to MD and PA Governor’s Orders and CDC Guidelines:

  • Glen Cove Marina
  • Peach Bottom Marina
  • Conowingo Creek Boat Launch
  • Dorsey Park Boat Launch
  • Rock Run Boat Launch
  • Wissler’s Run


The following recreation site will open on Friday, May 22, 2020, with exceptions and subject to adherence to the PA Governor’s Order and CDC Guidelines:

  • Muddy Run Recreation Park:
    • The following will be open: campground for RVs with Sanitary Holding Tanks, Snack Bar (take-out only), store, fishing at the Recreation Lake, kayaking at the Recreation Lake (bring your own kayak/no rentals available), and hiking.
    • The following will remain closed: campground bathhouse, tent camping, playgrounds, splash pad, bathrooms, pavilions, no boat rental, disc and soccer golf, and all large group sporting events like baseball and basketball. The Observatory and amphitheater are closed as well.
    • Parking will be limited and if full, please exit the park. No parking on grass will be allowed.

Lancaster and York Counties in Pennsylvania are still in the Red Phase under Governor’s Wolf’s order issued on May 1, 2020.

Exelon Recreation Sites in Maryland are governed by Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home order and recently issued amended order issued on May 6, 2020.

For the re-opening of these recreation areas and continued use of recreation sites that are open to the public, people who live in states with Stay at Home orders should not travel long distances for outdoor recreation, and should look for opportunities close to home. To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and still enjoy the outdoors: 

  • avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads;
  • adhere to the social distancing (minimum 6 feet) between people and don't recreate in groups;
  • limit gathering sizes to less than 10 people and preferably all from the same household;
  • wear a face covering;
  • take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly;
  • avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose;
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow;
  • bring a bag and either carry out your trash or dispose of it properly;
  • clean up after pets;
  • if you are sick, stay home.

This approach will allow important access to outdoor activities to continue while limiting potential exposure and spread of the virus.  Staff and Law Enforcement Personnel will continue to conduct routine patrols of open spaces to ensure public safety and general wellbeing of the visiting public.

The public may still access the following recreation sites provided the above COVID-19 protocols are adhered to:

  • Peach Bottom Road Boat Launch
  • Lapidum Boat Launch Fishing Creek Hiking Area
  • Trails by Lock 13 and Lock 14
  • Trails by Lock 15
  • Fishing Creek Hiking Area
  • Octoraro Trail
  • Muddy Creek Boat Launch
  • Funk’s Pond
  • Cold Cabin Boat Launch
  • Muddy Run Wildlife Management Areas
  • Line Bridge Road Water Access
  • Broad Creek Boat Launch

Permits typically required including but not limited to Hunting Licenses, Fishing Licenses and reservations are still necessary.

We will continue to monitor information from state and federal agencies and provide updates as needed.   

For More Information Please Call

Conowingo Visitor Center at 410 457-2427 or email conowingovisitorcenter@exeloncorp.com

Muddy Run Visitor Center at 717 284-5856 or email muddyrunvitorcenter@exeloncorp.com

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