Launch Sites

In the photo above, I am paddleboarding with Daphne on House Creek, a tributary off the Patuxent River between Patuxent River Park and Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. This photo was taken June 16, 2021 when I was gathering information to write an article for the Chesapeake Conservancy titled Paddleboarding through Nature around Washington, D.C..

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If you were to ask me, "What is the most important page on your website?" this would be it. This county-centric page describes the launch sites I've found in the mid-Atlantic region. It is very focused on Maryland and Washington, D.C. Please send me an email if you find
  • Incorrect information that I've listed.
  • Broken links.
  • A launch site in the Maryland Chesapeake Bay region that I've failed to list.

  • For launch sites outside of Maryland and Washington, D.C., I mainly just list places I have visited. Eventually, I plan to list all sites in Delaware and the eastern shore of Virginia but that will take some time.


    I've done my best to organize and report the various launch sites in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2021-2022, I started using a Google Maps application programming interface (API) to simplify the reporting process, linking my notes to a map that also links back to my notes. I also spent a lot of time learning JavaScript so I could create clickable maps to enable readers to find launch sites using a graphical user interface (GUI). Hopefully, the time I invested into creating this website will make it easier for you to find and get to your destination, thereby minimizing your effort and maximizing your time and enjoyment on the water.

    If it looks like I marked something to be in the water that should be on land, switch to satellite view. For the maps that I've created, left click on the marker to display a choice of hyperlinks:
    Get Directions: Clicking this pulls up a Google Maps page that will show the launch site and allow you to click on the "Directions" button so you can enter your location and get directions to the launch site.
    Saki notes: Clicking this will take you back to my text writeup of the launch site where you may find links to my blogs for this area.

    I tried to be thorough in reporting the location of the launch site, where to park, and the waterways accessible from each. I often do not report hours and fees because they are subject to change so I recommend checking out any links I post to get this information. Pay attention to the "Date last updated" field. If it is recent, you can be assured it is accurate, but things change over time so if I haven't been there for awhile, then don't take my word as law.

    If you were to ask me what I like most about Maryland, I wouldn't say the weather, the cities, or the people, though I do like the latter. My answer would be the Chesapeake Bay. While my home state of California has quite a bit of water, it is much different than the Chesapeake. The latter isn't nearly as clean as the streams and rivers in California that I remember from my youth, but it is significantly warmer in the summer, has abundant wildlife, and is full of interesting places to explore. The big, open waters of the Chesapeake and the numerous tributaries that meander through its wetland areas makes for a good reason to go out and buy small human-powered watercraft...or several, as I have done.

    I've tried to group things according to states and counties but some of these really great sources cross boundaries:
  • Chesapeake Bay Kayak Access and Paddle-in Map
  • Chesapeake Paddlers Association, Inc. - Places to Paddle
  • River Explorer - Potomac River Guide
  • River Explorer - Potomac River Access Points
  • National Park Planner - C&O Canal Boat Ramp Map
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Protected Lands and Public Access in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
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    Delaware

    If you are used to paddling in the Chesapeake Bay, be extra cautious if you are new to the Delaware Bay because the tidal fluctuation is much greater...6-10 feet rather than 1-2.8 feet.

    For an overview of Delaware launch sites, see
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    You may see signs mentioning that a Delaware boat registration decal or boat ramp certificate is required. This applies for motorboats only, as is implied in Non-resident Tidal Access Boat Ramp Certificate Application.

    For an overview of some Delaware launch sites, see
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    My documentation of launch sites in this county is just a sample of all available places to put in. It is a work in progress.

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    Bowers BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 130 Murderkill Avenue, Frederica, Delaware 19946. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 25 F10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 30, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Murderkill River and Delaware Bay. Four paved boat ramps, three on the east side and one on the west. The west side is for emergency vehicles only. Three porta-johns. Parking for at least 50 vehicles. If you're wanting to see horseshoe crabs, I suggest launching here and then paddling north to the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area Logan Tract or just paddling across the river, but nothing further south than that.

    BLOGS: May 30, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bowers, Delaware
    Delaware Bayshore Byway - Bowers Beach
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    Canterbury RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Canterbury Road (route 15) just north of the Murderkill River and south of Shakespeare Way in Felton, Delware 19943. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 J10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 1, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the upper Murderkill River. Paved parking for about 15 vehicles. Picnic table. No ramp or restroom. Best to launch at the concrete drain. 13 miles downstream to the Delaware Bay. About three miles downstream to the confluence with Browns Branch. There is a much larger lot on the southeast side of the bridge but launching there is a bit more difficult. A dam prevents paddling upstream to Coursey Pond. For access upstream, see Coursey Pond.

    BLOGS: September 1, 2019
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    Coursey PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Canterbury Road (route 15) just north of the Coursey Pond and south of Shakespeare Way in Felton, Delaware 19943. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 H10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 1, 2019

    NOTES: Access to Coursey Pond and upstream to Killens Pond State Park - Northeast side of bridge. Very scenic. Paved parking for about seven vehicles. Boat ramp. No restroom. A dam prevents one from paddling downstream. For access downstream, see Canterbury Road.

    BLOGS: September 1, 2019
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    Garrisons LakeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just west of North Dupont Highway (route 13), north of Messina Hill Road, and south of Garrisons Lake, Dover, Delaware 19904. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 10 G3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 20, 2012

    NOTES: Access to Garrisons Lake. Parking for 15 vehicles. Porta-john. Also a boat ramp. This is a popular fishing area. The lake isn't very big. I have no idea how far west you can go. Probably not far.

    If you want to paddle east to access the Leipsic River, you'll have to portage over a seven foot high dam, carrying down a rough, rocky section. I recommend bringing a plastic boat or one that is so light you can easily carry it down rough terrain. It is about 5.4 miles to Leipsic - Dyke Branch.

    BLOGS: May 20, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware - Renovated Garrisons Lake Boat Ramp Officially Open
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    Killens Pond State Park - Main launchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Launch on the west side of Killens Pond Road (route 384) just south of the bridge over Killens Pond, Harrington, Delaware 19952. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 F11. See map.

    PHONE: 302-284-4526

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Killens Pond. Dirt parking lot for eight vehicles. Porta-john. Free for paid park users, otherwise pay a fee to launch.

    One can access the far west side of the Murderkill River by paddling under a foot bridge at the west end of the pond. Beyond that, it quickly becomes very shallow, narrow, and difficult to paddle...but is also very scenic. Best to paddle after a heavy rain.

    One can access the 2.6 mile Pondside Nature Trail on the west end of the lot.

    A dam prevents one from paddling under Killens Pond Road.

    Those camping at the park can launch from docks which are a short distance from the campsites. However, these docks may be as much as 18 inches above the waterline. The campsites nearest the dock appears to be the electric hookup sites D7 or D8. They are roughly 180 feet from the dock. These sites, along with D6 appear to be some of the better ones because they can get a breeze from the pond.

    BLOGS: August 5-7, 2006

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware State Parks - Killens Pond State Park
    Hiking Trails - Killens Pond State Park
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    Killens Pond State Park - Northeast side of bridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Launch on the east side of Killens Pond Road just north of the bridge, Felton, Delaware 19943. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 29 F11. See map.

    PHONE: 302-284-4526

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access the east side of the Murderkill River which drains from the pond and continues east to Coursey Pond. There are stairs down to the dirt launch area. This is a scenic canoe trail that goes all the way to the Delaware Bay.

    Not so sure about parking. There might be room on the side of the road.

    A dam prevents one from paddling under Killens Pond Road. Six miles to Frederica, 14.5 miles to the bay.

    BLOGS: August 5-7, 2006

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware State Parks - Killens Pond State Park
    Killens Pond State Park - Main launch
    Hiking Trails - Killens Pond State Park
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    Kitts HummockOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Kitts Hummock Road, Kitts Hummock, Delaware 19901. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 25 E2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 13, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the Delaware Bay. There is parking for two vehicles at the southeast side of where Kitts Hummock Road and Bay Drive meet . Then it is about 350 feet to the Delaware Bay. Why is there so little parking? My guess is that the residents don't want outsiders coming to access the beach through their neighborhood. The beach is public property.

    Because of the limited parking and the distance to the water, this really isn't all that good of a place to launch. Bowers Beach (3 miles to the south) is much better. But I've had great success when it comes to viewing horseshoe crabs at Kitts Hummock.

    If viewing horseshoe crabs is your goal, rather than paddling, then I suggest visiting the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Logan Tract, which is about 0.4 miles south of the beach entrance or a 2.6 mile drive. I have yet to find a better place to see them than the Logan Tract. You can launch here but the bay is 0.2 mile away. You might be able to paddle part of the way via canal to the water and then portage the rest but I have not done this or know anyone who has. You can also see horseshoe crabs at Pickering Beach, just 2.4 miles to the north.

    BLOGS: May 25, 2009 and June 13, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Kitts Hummock
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    Leipsic - Dyke BranchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest side of Fast Landing Road / Second Street / Route 42 (all the same road) on the northwest side of Dyke Branch, Leipsic, Delaware 19901. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 11 G3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 20, 2012

    NOTES: Access to Dyke Branch. Some maps show this as a southern part of the Leipsic River. Park along the side of the road. Wide shoulder to accommodate several vehicles. This is a popular fishing area. It isn't particularly pretty here or downstream on the Leipsic River (so I've been told) but upstream, it is scenic and wooded. The tributaries that flow into the Leipsic River upstream of the town of Leipsic are particularly nice.

    This is a commando launch. It is a rough carry down some boulders to get your boat in or out of the water. For this reason, I recommend a plastic boat or one so light, you can carry it easily down or up rough terrain. It can be very buggy around dusk.

    BLOGS: May 20, 2012
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    Milford PoliceOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Located just south of the Police Department which resides at 400 Northeast Front Street, Milford, Delaware 19963. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 38 B10 or Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 2 B10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 25, 2018

    NOTES: This area is also known as the Northeast Front Street Recreation Area or the Milford Boat Launch. Access to the upper Mispillion River across from Goat Island Nature Area. Boat ramp with porta-john. Parking for at least nine vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware Online - Goat Island Nature Trail dedicated to Milford's Parks and Rec director
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    Pickering BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Pickering Beach Road (road 349). Kent County, Delaware ADC map 19 D9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 20, 2012

    NOTES: Access to the Delaware Bay. It is about 200 feet from the east side of Pickering Beach Road to the water. There is only one public access point to the water that I know of and that is at the east end of Pickering Beach Road. It is a very narrow entrance located between homes but it is clearly marked. There is parking for about seven vehicles on the north side of Pickering Beach Road near the east end but west of North Sandpiper Drive. There might be room for more.

    The beach is public property.

    This really isn't all that good of a place to launch because of the limited parking and the portage. Bowers Beach (5.4 miles south) or Port Mahon (4 miles north) is much better. Rather than kayaking, I recommend coming here to see horseshoe crabs since Pickering Beach is an official horseshoe crab sanctuary. Or, you can go see them at Kitts Hummock, just 2.4 miles to the south.

    A half mile north is Little Creek Wildlife Area.

    BLOGS: May 20, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: EcoDelaware - Pickering Beach, an official horseshoe crab sanctuary
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    Port MahonOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Port Mahon Road, Leipsic, Delaware 19901. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 13 E12. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Mahon River and the Delaware Bay. Porta-john. Huge parking lot for 40+ vehicles. Access to the Mahon River and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This area is known to have a large number of horseshoe crabs come ashore during mating season.

    BLOGS: May 24, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Port Mahon
    Freedom Benefits - Port Mahon Delaware
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    Route 12 and Spring CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Frederica Road on either side of the bridge over Spring Creek. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 30 F5. See north side and south side.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 1, 2019

    NOTES: Access to Spring Creek and the Murderkill River. It is 7.5 miles to the mouth of the Murderkill River. There is parking alongside the road but not on the bridge. Watch for no parking signs. No restroom. Unpaved boat ramp. The area is totally unmaintained. Though the launch site isn't so great, the location is, since it allows access to so many areas to explore. Beware of tidal fluctuations which can be as much as seven feet.

    BLOGS: September 1, 2019
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    Scotton LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Barkers Landing Road (route 107), 0.1 mile west of the intersection of Barkers Landing Road and Trap Shooters Road, Magnolia, Delaware 19962. Kent County, Delaware ADC map 24 F5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Saint Jones River. Paved parking for about 12 vehicles. Boat ramp. No restroom. This is a popular area.
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    New Castle CountyOpen accordion icon
    My documentation of launch sites in this county is just a sample of all available places to put in. It is a work in progress.

    See map for all launch sites in the county that I have documented.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see

    Delaware City Boat LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At the northwest end of Wingate Road in Middletown, Delaware 19709. New Castle ADC map 19 K1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 26, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the Delaware City Branch Channel. The north end of this connects to the Delaware River while the south end connects to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Delaware City is just across the Channel.

    Porta-john. Two ramps. Parking for 30+ vehicles. The low/high tide differential is typically six feet as compared to two feet in the Chesapeake Bay. The average sea kayaker should be fine but plan to exert more effort.

    BLOGS: Fort Delaware State Park Notes and May 26, 2018
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    Thompsons BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Thompsons Bridge Road (route 92), just east of Thompsons Bridge in Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington, Delaware 19803. New Castle, Delaware ADC map 3 C9. See map.

    PHONE: 302-577-3534

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2012

    NOTES: Access to Brandywine Creek in Brandywine Creek State Park. Out-of-state vehicles must pay to launch. Park is very well maintained. It has lots of trails, restrooms, a picnic area, and parking for about 16 vehicles. Near the restroom, there is a set of wooden stairs that leads to the launch area. No ramp. Gravelly beach at bottom of stairs as long as the water isn't high. The Northern Delaware Greenway and Rocky Run Trails meet at this location. Downstream is a six mile scenic canoe route mentioned in the "Maryland/Delaware Atlas and Gazetteer" by Delorme. But I don't recommend this route as Ed Gertler claims there are 11 dams in his "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails" book. Instead, consider launching 12 miles upstream at Shaw's Bridge Park.

    BLOGS: April 14, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Brandywine Creek State Park
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    Sussex CountyOpen accordion icon
    My documentation of launch sites in this county is just a sample of all available places to put in. It is a work in progress.

    The Nanticoke River flows through this county. It is
    ...the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary on the lower Delmarva...represent[ing] about one-third of all the tidal wetlands in the State of Maryland. The watershed is also the most biologically diverse watershed on the Delmarva, and is home to the highest concentration of bald eagles in the northeastern United States.
    - from Chesapeake Conservancy - Nanticoke River

    See map for all launch sites in the county that I have documented.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see

    Brumbley Family Park CampgroundOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Brumbley Family Park Campground at 25601 Amys Lane, Milton, Delaware 19968. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 9 F11. See map.

    PHONE: 302-684-5189

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 7, 2018

    NOTES: This campground is sometimes called Brumbley's or Brumbleys.

    Access to Prime Hook Creek which is sometimes called Primehook Creek. Pay to launch. Bring exact change. In 2018, it cost $4 per boat. Boat ramp available for kayaks and canoes only. Sometimes it is so shallow you have to walk your boat into the creek. Porta-john. Parking for six. In terms of scenery, this area is hard to beat.

    It is not feasible to paddle to Waples Pond from Prime Hook Creek.

    BLOGS: May 31 to June 2, 2008, June 25-27, 2010, and July 7, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook Canoe Trail
    Paddle Coastal Delaware - Prime Hook Zone
    Kayaking Delmarva - Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
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    Canalfront ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just east of the Lightship Overfalls LV-118 ship at the north end of Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Shipcarpenter Street is a northern continuation of Park Avenue. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 18 E4. See map.

    PHONE: 302-645-2795

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Lewes & Reboboth Canal, about 1.5 miles east of the Roosevelt Inlet and the Delaware Bay. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Delaware - Lewes CanalFront Park
    Paddle Coastal Delaware - Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Zone
    Lewes CanalFront Park
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    Cape Henlopen State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 18 K4.

    PHONE: 302-645-8983

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 25, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the mouth of the Delaware Bay. In close proximity is the Atlantic Ocean.

    In 1631, the Dutch made the first settlement close to what is now modern day Lewes, just northwest of the park entrance. In 1682, William Penn declared that Cape Henlopen would be for, "the usage of the citizens of Lewes and Sussex County," making it one of the first public lands established in the United States.

    There are two suitable places to launch.
  • Fishing Pier: Located near the fishing pier at 38.786339, -75.102562, this will put you within about 400 feet of the water, depending on where you park. Parking for 70+ vehicles. There is also a seasonable boat rental facility here.
  • The Point: Located near the northernmost part of the park at 38.795730, -75.092873, this will also put you within about 400 feet of the water, depending on where you park. Parking for 20+ vehicles.

  • BLOGS: May 31 to June 2, 2008, June 25-27, 2010, and February 24-25, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware State Parks - Cape Henlopen State Park
    Paddle Coastal Delaware - Cape Henlopen Zone
    Outdoor Places - Cape Henlopen State Park
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    Cedar CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3309 Lighthouse Road (County Road 203) on the southeast side, Milford, Delaware 19963. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 3 D7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Cedar Creek. In addition to Cedar Creek, this is a good takeout when paddling the Mispillion River and Slaughter Creek. Several boat ramps, porta-johns, and parking for 100+ vehicles. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Cedar Creek
    River Explorer - Cedar Creek Boat Ramp
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    James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe TrailOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just downstream of the spillway between Trap Pond and Hitch Pond Branch. This is located on the northwest side of Trap Pond Road, 140 feet east of the intersection of Trap Pond Road and Bald Cypress Lane, Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 D2. See map.

    PHONE: 302-875-5153

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 8, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the start of Hitch Pond Branch. I don't know of a place one can easily drop off their boat that is near the launch site. One solution is to put in somewhere on Trap Pond and then portage across Trap Pond Road.

    No restroom or boat ramp but there is a porta-john at the Trap Pond Boat Launch only about 0.2 mile north at Trap Pond Boat Launch. This is one place where you can park. But a better place is parking on the northwest side of the Baldcypress Nature Center. There is a restroom or porta-john between this lot and the pond to the north.

    Be sure to bring a saw, loppers, and a boat you don't mind portaging when paddling this trail. I don't recommend this with anything except a boat shorter than 16 feet. A plastic sit-on-top no longer than 14 feet would be ideal. Watch out for poison ivy.

    If doing a one way trip, take out at Records Pond.

    According to a link that no longer exists:
    The James Branch Nature Preserve protects five miles of the riparian corridor of the James Branch. A six-mile canoe trail is in place through the preserve, beginning at Trap Pond and ending at Records Pond near Laurel.

    Another now-defunct link said:
    The complex of ponds and bottomland forested corridors contains significant archaeological sites, many rare plants, and the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress in North America. Significant water-based recreational and environmental education opportunities are available.

    Yet another obsolete webpage mentioned:
    The James Branch may be the closest to wilderness you can find in Delaware and winds through the dedicated James Branch Nature Preserve. View champion-sized baldcypress and stands of old-growth that are remnants of the vast swamp that covered this portion of Delmarva.

    Why was there so much information taken off the web? When I launched here, it was a really beautiful place. The state park sponsored some trips and while I hadn't tried, my theory was that the best time to paddle it was after they had done at least one of their organized trips because then the downfalls would be cleared. But then they stopped leading trips from this location and it became extremely overgrown. According to "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails" by Ed Gertler,
    ...the park is now discouraging travel on the initial 1.5-mile reach.

    According to Delaware State Parks - James Branch Nature Preserve, the park has modified this route by moving its east end from this site I describe to Hitch Pond Road (road 463). I have not seen this launch site but once I do, you can be assured I will add it to my list.

    BLOGS: May 16, 2009 and April 16, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddling - James Branch/Hitch Pond Branch in Delaware
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    Milton Broadkill River Boat Ramp / Milton Memorial ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 107 Union Street, Milton, Delaware 19968. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 16 E4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 27, 2010

    NOTES: I used to call this place the Chandler Street boat launch back before it got its current name. Access to the Broadkill River. Porta-john and boat ramp available. Parking for 18+ vehicles.

    BLOGS: May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Milton Memorial Park
    Paddle Coastal Delaware - Broadkill River Zone
    Kayaking Delmarva - Return to Broadkill River
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    Nanticoke River Marine ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 26 Market Street (west side), Blades, Delaware 19973. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 20 J12. See map.

    PHONE: 302-628-8600

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the upper Nanticoke River. Parking for 20 vehicles. Boat ramps. Restroom (but you need to know the combo). Covered picnic table (but you need to reserve the pavillion). Location shared with the Nanticoke River Yacht Club.

    BLOGS: April 16-17, 2011 and May 21, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nanticoke River Marine Park
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Nanticoke River Marina Park
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    Oyster RocksOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Oyster Rocks Road (road 264), Milton, Delaware 19968. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 17 H1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 25-27, 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Broadkill River. No restroom or boat ramp. Parking for about 12 vehicles. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching.

    BLOGS: May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle Coastal Delaware - Broadkill River Zone
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    Phillips LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Phillips Landing Road (road 496), Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 28 A10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 22, 2011

    NOTES: Access to lower Broad Creek. Parking for 35+ vehicles. Three porta-johns and multiple boat ramps. Only 0.2 miles from the Nanticoke River.

    BLOGS: May 17, 2009 and May 22, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Phillips Landing
    Cape Gazette - Nanticoke Heritage Byway: Phillips Landing and Laurel
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    Portsville PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Dogwood Lane (road 495), 0.2 mile south of the intersection of Dogwood Lane and Portsville Road, Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 28 G10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 17, 2009

    NOTES: Access to Portsville Millpond. Parking for about 10 vehicles. No restroom. Ramp available. Access to Broad Creek if you are willing to carry over a small dam.

    BLOGS: May 17, 2009
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    Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Fleetwood PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Turkle Pond Access Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton, Delaware 19968. Parking area and launch site on south side. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 10 A11. See map.

    PHONE: 302-684-8419

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 7, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Fleetwood Pond. No restroom but there is at the visitor center. Paver boat ramp. Parking for about seven vehicles in lot.

    BLOGS: July 7, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook Canoe Trail
    Kayaking Delmarva - Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
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    LOCATION: At north end of unnamed road on north side of Turkle Pond Road. This unnamed road starts 0.3 mile west of the east end of Turkle Pond Road, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Milton, Delaware 19968. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 10 A9. See map.

    PHONE: 302-684-8419

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 7, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Prime Hook Creek which is sometimes called Primehook Creek. No restroom but there is at the visitor center. Boat ramp.

    BLOGS: July 7, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook Canoe Trail
    Paddle Coastal Delaware - Prime Hook Zone
    Kayaking Delmarva - Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
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    Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Turkle PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Turkle Pond Access Road, 0.4 mile west of the intersection of Turkle Pond Access Road and Turkle Pond Road. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 10 A11. See map.

    PHONE: 302-684-8419

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 7, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Turkle Pond. No restroom but there is at the visitor center. Paver boat ramp. Parking for about five vehicles in lot.

    BLOGS: July 7, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook Canoe Trail
    Kayaking Delmarva - Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
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    Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Visitor CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 11978 Turkle Pond Road (northeast end), Milton, Delaware 19968. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 10 C9. See map.

    PHONE: 302-684-8419

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 25-27, 2010

    NOTES: Access to Prime Hook Creek which is sometimes called Primehook Creek. Boat ramp available. Shallow launch probably only suitable for kayaks and canoes. Restrooms and drinking water in visitor center. Parking for about 17 vehicles. Make sure you verify when the gate closes before launching.

    BLOGS: May 31 to June 2, 2008 and June 25-27, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Prime Hook Canoe Trail
    Paddle Coastal Delaware - Prime Hook Zone
    Kayaking Delmarva - Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
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    Roger C. Fisher Laurel River ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Park Drive/Lane (some maps say "drive" while others say "Lane"), 0.1 mile north of where Park Drive/Lane intersects West 6th Street in Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 29 C11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 22, 2011

    NOTES: Formerly known as Riverview Park. Access to Broad Creek. There are no restrooms and but there is a boat ramp. Parking for about 25 vehicles. About 0.3 mile east is a spillway at Records Pond.

    BLOGS: May 17, 2009 and May 22, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Roger C. Fisher Laurel River Park
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    Records PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Sussex Highway (route 13), 0.3 mile north of the intersection of Sussex Highway and Laurel Road (route 24), Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 29 E10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Records Pond. This is the take-out for the James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe Trail. One can paddle downstream to access Broad Creek but unless you want to portage over a small dam, I recommend launching at Roger C. Fisher Laurel River Park. No restroom. Boat ramp. Parking available for at least 30 vehicles.

    BLOGS: May 16-17, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Records Pond
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Success Stories: Records Pond
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    Seaford Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Nanticoke Avenue (some maps call it Nanticoke Street) on the south side of the Waste Water Treatment Facility at 403 Nanticoke Avenue, Seaford, Delaware 19973. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 20 H13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 16, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the upper Nanticoke River. Parking for 50+ vehicles. Two boat ramps. Porta-john. Picnic table. A sign says that all boats using the boat ramp must display a valid Delaware boat registration decal or a valid boat ramp certificate. Please read Sussex County boat ramp certificate before going out and buying one.

    BLOGS: April 16, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Seaford Boat Ramp
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Seaford Boat Ramp
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    Seaford Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Water Street in Seaford, Delaware 19973. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 20 J11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 16, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the upper Nanticoke River. No restroom. No ramp. This launch site is for canoes and kayaks only. Parking for about 40 vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Seaford, Delaware - Canoe & Kayak Launch
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Seaford Canoe and Kayak Launch
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    Steamboat Landing CampgroundOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Steamboat Landing Road (road 258), Milton, Delaware 19968. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 17 C2. See map.

    PHONE: 302-645-6500

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 15, 2010

    NOTES: Campground has boat ramps that allow one to launch on the Broadkill River. The current here can be pretty strong so be sure to consult your tide table before launching. If you are not camping, call first to confirm that non-campers can pay to launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Steamboat Landing - Things to Do
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    Trap Pond State Park - Main launchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Trap Pond Road, 240 feet south of the intersection of Trap Pond Road and Goose Nest Road (road 450), Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 E2. See map.

    PHONE: 302-875-5153

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 22, 2011

    NOTES: Access to Trap Pond. Pay to park unless you are camping at the park. Parking for about 16 vehicles. Porta-john and boat ramp available.

    One can paddle upstream for a ways and see some really scenic, natural areas. If kayaking downstream, see James Branch Nature Preserve Canoe Trail. Just be aware that to get to Hitch Pond Branch from Trap Pond will require portaging down a small dam. It should not be too difficult with two people.

    If you're interested in a night paddle, I suggest you camp at the park and launch from the campground. One can launch from an area near the south end of the C or D loops. The E loop has the primitive (cheap) campsites. You'll have to park in a designated area then carry your gear in a short distance. In the E loop area, site E4 is nearest the latrine. E5 is next closest. E3 is nearest the bath house which has both toilets and showers but it is quite a bit further than E4 or E5 are to the latrine. If you want to host a group, check out island sites 1 and 2. You'll have to carry your gear in a short distance but you'll be really secluded on a site with a waterfront view. You can also launch from the island site.

    If you don't have a boat, you can rent one near the Baldcypress Nature Center.

    Be sure to pick up a map of both the campsite and the surrounding trails upon checking in at the campsite. There are several miles of trails on both sides of the pond. This is one of my favorite places to camp.

    BLOGS: September 20-21, 2008, May 16, 2009, and May 20-22, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware State Parks - Trap Pond
    Delaware State Parks - Trap Pond Map
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    Trap Pond State Park - Raccoon PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Wootten Road (road 72), just 0.4 mile west of Bethesda Church in Laurel, Delaware 19956. Launch on southeast side of Wootten Road bridge. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 G4. See map.

    PHONE: 302-875-5153

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 8, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Raccoon Pond. No restroom but there is at Trap Pond and Trussum Pond. Paver boat ramp. Parking for about two vehicles on side of road.

    BLOGS: July 8, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delaware State Parks - Trap Pond
    Delaware State Parks - Trap Pond Map
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    Trussum PondOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Wootten Road (road 72), 0.2 mile east of the intersection of Wootten Road and Trussum Pond Road, Laurel, Delaware 19956. Sussex County, Delaware ADC map 38 A2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 8, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Trussum Pond. Parking for about ten vehicles. Gas powered boats prohibited. Porta-john available. Extremely scenic. In fact, I challenge you to find something more scenic in the Delmarva area. You can't go far so paddle slowly and savor the experience.

    In "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails," Edward Gertler says one can paddle almost a mile and a half south from this launch site but I think three quarters of a mile is more realistic if you don't want to portage. He also writes
    ...this is the closest thing to a bayou in Delaware...Trussum is more of a swamp than a pond. Graceful cypress protrude everywhere from its black, lily pad dappled waters...

    BLOGS: May 16, 2009, April 17, 2011, May 21, 2011, and July 8, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Trussum Pond
    Paddling - Trussum & Trap Ponds in Delaware
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    Maryland

    Select which of the Chesapeake Bay you want to search for launch sites.

    For an overview of Maryland launch sites, see
  • Maryland DNR - Maryland's Online Water Access Guide
  • Maryland DNR - Maryland Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning
  • Maryland Public Water Access



  • Maryland: Eastern Shore

    Select the that you want to search for launch sites or use the interactive map.

    For an overview of some eastern shore launch sites, see
  • Maryland DNR - The Lower Eastern Shore
  • Delmarva Trails & Waterways

  • Caroline CountyOpen accordion icon
    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trails Map Guide
  • River Access Site Comparison Chart

  • If you are launching a boat from a Caroline County launch site and you see a sign mentioning fees for using the boat ramp, you can ignore them if you are not using a boat trailer.
    A permit is required for launching any vessel, via boat trailer, at all county boat ramp and public landings, effective April 1, 2009. You may launch a kayak or canoe from your car or truck with no fee.
    - from Caroline County Public Landing Guide

    See map for launch sites in the county.

    Choptank MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21843 Water Street, Preston, Maryland 21655. Caroline County ADC map 23 G8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-479-8120

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the Choptank River, Marsh Creek, and Hunting Creek. As of 2022, you will have to portage over Poplar Neck Road to get very far up Marsh Creek.

    There is a restroom, boat ramp, and beach. During the off-season, there is a porta-john. Parking for maybe 12 vehicles in the immediate area but plenty of room for additional vehicles nearby.

    BLOGS: April 14, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Choptank Marina
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Choptank Marina
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    Federalsburg Marina and Recreation ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2012 Federalsburg Highway (route 313), Federalsburg, Maryland 21632. Caroline County ADC map 26 D7. While the address lists Federalsburg Highway, the best way to access the launch area is via Marina Road off the east side of Main Street (route 308). Marina Road won't be listed on mosts maps. It is just north of Smith Street. See map.

    PHONE: 410-754-8173 town of Federalsburg

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 19, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Marshyhope Creek. Two boat ramps. Porta-johns. Parking for 50+ vehicles. Picnic area, volleyball court, and soccer field. One can paddle about two miles upstream from this location.

    BLOGS: September 19, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Federalsburg Marina Park
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Recreation Park and Marina - boat ramp
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    Federalsburg VFW Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Rosser Road, directly across (east) from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 2630 Rosser Road, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632. Caroline County ADC map 26 C8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-754-8173 town of Federalsburg

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 19, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Marshyhope Creek. Two boat ramps. Porta-john. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Picnic tables.

    This is the southern terminus of the Federalsburg River Walk which extends about 2.5 miles to behind the United Methodist Church.

    One can paddle about 2.5 miles upstream from the boat ramp. This is the southernmost (furthest downstream) public launch site on Marshyhope Creek. Of this I am quite certain and if you know otherwise, please let me know. Five miles to the Harrison Ferry Bridge (route 392), 9.5 miles to the Eldorado Road Bridge (route 14), and 16 miles to the mouth at the Nanticoke River. A little upstream from the mouth is a BSA boat dock. So if you're somehow connected with the Scouts, then you're in luck. The closest public launch site near the mouth of Marshyhope is 2.5 miles upstream on the Nanticoke at Cherry Beach Park.

    BLOGS: September 20-21, 2008 and September 19, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Federalsburg VFW Boat Ramp
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    G. Daniel Crouse Memorial ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 5 Crouse Park Lane, Denton, Maryland 21629. The boat ramp is at the east end of Crouse Park Lane which is just off Gay Street near where Gay Street meets Market Street. Caroline County ADC map 12 D9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-479-2050 town of Denton

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 31, 2014

    NOTES: Access to the Choptank River. Boat ramp. Restroom. Parking for about 25 vehicles. Open dawn to dusk. One can paddle about 8 miles upstream to Greensboro and explore lots of interesting things along the way. Or, paddle downstream to Martinak State Park and then paddle up Watts Creek. Both of these are great summertime trips.

    BLOGS: May 25, 2012, July 31, 2014, and September 10, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Daniel Crouse Memorial Park
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Daniel Crouse Memorial Park & Caroline County Visitor Center
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    Ganeys Wharf ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Ganeys Wharf Road, Preston, Maryland 21655. Caroline County ADC map 14 C11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 28, 2012

    NOTES: Sometimes called Ganey's Wharf with the apostophe. Access to the Choptank River. Boat ramp, porta-john, and picnic area. Parking for about 17 vehicles. Closed dusk to dawn. A great beginner/intermediate trip is to launch from here a little before high tide then paddle upstream and explore Fowling Creek and Robins Creek.

    BLOGS: June 28, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Ganey's Wharf
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    Greensboro Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 224 East Sunset Avenue (route 314), Greensboro, Maryland 21639. Caroline County ADC map 8 J7. Some sources say the address is 222 rather than 224. It is located at the Greensboro Carnival Ground. See map.

    PHONE: 410-479-8120 Caroline County Recreation and Parks

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 10, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the upper Choptank River. This is the most upstream place you can launch on this river.

    Boat ramp. Porta-john near ramp. Parking for about 18 vehicles. Big, grassy area great for throwing the frizbee. One can paddle about 2.3 miles upstream at high tide or paddle downstream for about 8 miles to G. Daniel Crouse Memorial Park in Denton. Lots of interesting places to explore along the way. This is a great summertime place to launch...a Cadillac site.

    BLOGS: July 1, 2006, May 25, 2012, June 27, 2014, and September 10, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Greensboro Boat Ramp
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    HillsboroOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21929 Main Street, Hillsboro, Maryland 21641. Caroline County ADC map 10 H4 or Queen Anne's County ADC map 28 E13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-479-8120 Caroline County Recreation and Parks

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 13, 2018

    NOTES: Access to one of the most scenic parts of Tuckahoe Creek. This is a Cadillac site...one of my favorite places to launch.

    Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for about eight vehicles. Closest restroom is Royal Farms.

    You probably won't be able to paddle too far upstream without having to portage.

    BLOGS: May 17, 2014 and June 13, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Hillsboro Boat Ramp
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    Hunting Creek BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Blades Road, just north of Hunting Creek Bridge, Preston, Maryland 21655. Caroline County ADC map 23 J9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the mouth of Hunting Creek where it drains into the Choptank River. Look for parking on the west side of Blades Road, just north of the bridge.

    No restrooms or boat ramp. This is just a sandy beach area with room for at least two vehicles. I didn't go ashore but I saw two cars there owned by some fishermen. The Choptank Marina is a better location for launching.

    BLOGS: April 14, 2011
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    Linchester MillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3390 Linchester Road, Preston, Maryland 21655. Caroline County ADC map 24 E4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-673-1910

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2011

    NOTES: Access to upper Hunting Creek. No restrooms or boat ramp. Not even sure if it is legal to launch but I saw no signs to indicate otherwise. This area is run by the Caroline County Historical Society. There is room for about eight vehicles. It is maybe an eigth of a mile portage to an easy dirt launch area near a post that reads "Hunting Creek." While not the easiest launch, it would make for an excellent lunch spot if you were to do an up and back trip launching at the Choptank Marina.

    BLOGS: April 14, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline County - Linchester Mill
    Wikipedia - Linchester Mill
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    Martinak State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 137 Deep Shore Road, Denton, Maryland 21629. Caroline County ADC map 15 C1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-820-1668 park office, 1-888-432-2267 campground reservations

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 31, 2014

    NOTES: Access to the mouth of Watts Creek and the Choptank River.

    BLOGS: July 1-4, 2006 and July 31, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Martinak State Park
    Maryland DNR - Martinak State Park map
    Wikipedia - Martinak State Park
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    Northwest Fork Dock ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 105 East Central Avenue, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632. Caroline County ADC map 26 C5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 19, 2015

    NOTES: I have also seen this place called Pocket Park. Access to Marshyhope Creek.

    Room for about 15 vehicles to be shared with store customers. Porta-john available. Launch at a small beach area marked by a sign that reads "Canoe and Kayak Landing Site." This is the northernmost (furthest upstream) public launch site on Marshyhope Creek. One can paddle about 1.75 miles upstream from this location.

    BLOGS: September 19, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Northwest Fork Dock Park
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Northwest Fork Dock Park
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    Stoney Point LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Stoney Point Road, Denton, Maryland 21629. Some maps say this place is in the town of Hillsboro. Caroline County ADC map 10 G8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-479-8120 Caroline County Recreation and Parks

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 17, 2014

    NOTES: Access to Tuckahoe Creek. To get here, you have to drive on a dirt road that can be powdery and high in the center. Don't take your lowrider here or you might be stuck but normal vehicles should be fine.

    No ramp or restroom. Parking for about eight vehicles. Very scenic peninsula.

    BLOGS: June 28, 2012, July 13, 2013, and May 17, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Stoney Point Landing
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    Two Johns LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Two Johns Road, Preston, Maryland 21655. Some maps say it is located at 7848 Shore Drive. Caroline County ADC map 14 K8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-479-8120 Caroline County Recreation and Parks

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Choptank River and Mill Creek. Supposedly, there is not enough room to turn a trailer around, and only room for half a dozen cars to park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Two Johns Landing
    Caroline County - Two Johns Landing
    Choptank River Heritage - Two Johns
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    Tuckahoe State Park - Boat HouseOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast side of Tuckahoe Lake and north of Crouse Mill Road, Ridgely, Maryland 21660. Some sources say it is in Queen Anne, Maryland 21657. The parking lot entrance is a third of a mile west of where Crouse Mill Road meets Eveland Road. Caroline County ADC map 6 H8 or Queen Anne's County ADC map 28 F3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-820-1668

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 10, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the southeast side of Tuckahoe Lake (aka Crouse Mill Lake) and the non-tidal portion of Tuckahoe Creek upstream of the spillway. You can't go downstream without portaging over the spillway.

    No ramp. Beach launch. When the water is high, one should be able to go 1.6 miles upstream without portage. This is where folks launch rental boats. The public can launch here as well. It is 500 feet from the parking lot to the beach.

    There is a restroom nearby but it isn't always open when it is supposed to be. Consider stopping at Royal Farms to use the restroom and buy snacks. If you don't need to rent a boat, it is easier to launch on the west side of the lake.

    BLOGS: July 11, 2015 and June 10, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Tuckahoe State Park - Boat House
    Maryland DNR - Tuckahoe State Park - Fishing and Boating
    Maryland DNR - Tuckahoe Lake
    Maryland DNR - Tuckahoe State Park
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    Tuckahoe State Park - Campground LoopOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of non-electric campground loop in Tuckahoe State Park. Caroline County ADC map 6 J5 or Queen Anne's County ADC map 28 F1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-820-1668

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 10, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the non-tidal portion of Tuckahoe Creek upstream of the spillway. You will definitely need a canoe/kayak cart since the launch site is about 600 feet (rough estimate) to some stairs then to the water. This is a much better place to take out for a break than it is to put in.

    This site is just off the non-electric campground loop, about 1.6 miles upstream of the west end of the lake. I think it is off the Nature Trail which lies between the campground loop and the creek. Restrooms are in the middle of the campground loop. There is a path that leads to it from the turnoff. Best to put in at Tuckahoe Lake and then paddle to this location.

    BLOGS: May 9, 2009, July 11, 2015, and June 10, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Tuckahoe State Park
    Maryland DNR - Tuckahoe State Park Maps
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    Tuckahoe State Park - Water TrailOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Tuckahoe Lake across from the spillway and just south of Crouse Mill Road, Ridgely, Maryland 21660. Some sources say it is in Queen Anne, Maryland 21657. Caroline County ADC map 28 E4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-820-1668

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 26, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Tuckahoe Creek just below the spillway. Park on the south side of Crouse Mill Road, anywhere you can safely pull off.

    It is 5.4 miles from this launch site to Hillsboro. Allow three hours to paddle this route due to the number of downfalls and portaging that might be required. You should be agile and have very good control of your boat before attempting this. This an extremely scenic route but will likely require some work. Bring a saw and loppers. Watch out for poison ivy.

    One cannot paddle to the lake from here due to a spillway. Paddling on Tuckahoe Creek can be difficult during drought.

    The closest restroom is at the boathouse but it isn't always open when it is supposed to be. Consider stopping at Royal Farms on the way in to use the restroom and buy snacks.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2006, May 1, 2011, and April 26, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Tuckahoe State Park
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    Cecil CountyOpen accordion icon
    While the north end of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are be brackish, the low salinity will result in few, if any jellyfish. Scenery is nice because there are a lot of trees near the shore, whereas the saltier places tend to have more grasslands. On the bad side, aquatic vegetation can be thick in the shallow areas during late summer. In the winter, the low salt content is a problem for a different reason...the water will freeze up easily.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Cecil County - Public Ramps
  • Cecil Land Use Alliance - Public Boat Ramps in Cecil County and on adjacent waters
  • Salt Chef - Cecil County

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Anchor Boats MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 36 Iroquois Drive, North East, Maryland 21901. Cecil County ADC map 11 E11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-287-6000, 800-773-2628

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Northeast River. Pay $20 to use their boat ramp as of 2022. Those not needing a ramp can launch for free nearby at North East Town Park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anchor Boats Marina
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    Bohemia River MiniparkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest side of Bohemia River Bridge, Maryland, Chesapeake City, MD 21915. This bridge is where Augustine Herman Highway (route 213) passes over the Bohemia River. Cecil County ADC map 21 G9.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 29, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Bohemia River. This is located just downstream of Great Bohemia Creek and Little Bohemia Creek. It is directly across from Scotchman Creek.

    No boat ramp or restroom. Parking for four vehicles in the parking lot through you might be able to fit six if people coordinate. There is a narrow dirt path on the south side that leads 350 feet to a shallow beach launch.

    This site is just west of Bohemia River State Park...literally across route 213. Consider paddling 1.1 miles and landing in the park at Oak Point.

    BLOGS: May 30, 2013 and March 10, 2016
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    Charlestown Public Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Water Street and Market Street at the east end of Market Street, Charlestown, Maryland 21914. Cecil County ADC map 16 A2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-287-6173

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Northeast River. Pay to use boat ramp. Open dawn to dusk. Launch for free at Charlestown Wharf which is 350 feet away.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Historic Charlestown - Town Parks & Public Facilities
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    Charlestown WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Conestoga Street and Water Street, Charlestown, Maryland 21914. Cecil County ADC map 16 A2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-287-6173

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 11, 2019

    NOTES: Also known as Long Wharf Park, Long Point Park, and Stone Wharf. Access to the Northeast River. Open dawn to dusk. Parking for about six vehicles. Launch from beach.

    BLOGS: May 11, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Historic Charlestown - Town Parks & Public Facilities
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    Chesapeake City Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Bethel Road, 300 feet north of where Bethel Road meets Second Street (route 286), Chesapeake City, Maryland 21915. Cecil County ADC map 18 F10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-885-5298 town hall

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 20, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Mooring Basin and Back Creek. Located just south of the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal Museum at 815 Bethel Road. Parking for about eight vehicles. Ramp but no restroom. $10 fee to use boat ramp (that includes kayaks) so bring cash and pay via drop box next to ramp. Kayaks, canoes, and SUPs are not permitted in the C&D Canal.

    BLOGS: June 20, 2022
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    Conowingo Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Old Conowingo Road, 300 feet west of where Old Conowingo Road meets Mount Zoar Road, Conowingo, Cecil County, Maryland 21918. Cecil County ADC map 2 D12. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 9, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Conowingo Creek, the Conowingo Reservoir, and the Susquehanna River. 2.5 miles to Broad Creek. No ramp or restroom. Parking for about 20 vehicles.

    While the creek looks very calm at the launch area, Ed Gerler says in his "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails" that upstream you will find "one steep, complex, snaggle-toothed rapid that is occasionally filtered through a fallen tree."
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    Conowingo Community ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just downstream of the Conowingo Dam and Octoraro Creek on the Susquehanna River. Cecil County ADC map 2 D12. See map.

    PHONE:

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 28, 2014

    NOTES: Access to Octoraro Creek near the mouth and the Susquehanna River. Park in the westmost lot near a break in the low fence. A trail leads about over a small foot bridge 200 feet to the water. This is a very muddy launch. Porta-john available. Parking for at least 25 vehicles. Less than a half mile upstream is a big heron rookery on private property that you will probably be able to see when there aren't many leaves on the trees. There are various trails in the park, some that follow along the water. A less muddy launch site nearby is Moore Road.

    BLOGS: April 28, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
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    Elk Neck State Park - North East BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of North East Beach Road in Elk Neck State Park, North East, Maryland 21901. Cecil County ADC map 19 J3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-287-5333

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Chesapeake Bay and the west side of the Elk Neck State Park peninsula. Canoe and kayak hand-launch area is located just north of the swim area. Park near playground. 360 feet from parking lot to water.

    No boat ramp. Restroom. Snack bar open seasonally. Plenty of parking.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Elk Neck State Park - North East Beach Area and Picnic Shelters
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    Elk Neck State Park - Rogues HarborOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4395 Turkey Point Road in Elk Neck State Park, North East, Maryland 21901. Cecil County ADC map 19 J8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-287-5333

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the lower part of the west side of Elk River and the east side of the Elk Neck State Park peninsula.

    Multiple boat ramps. Restroom.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Elk Neck State Park - Rogues Harbor Boat Launch Facility
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    Elk River Boat LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 32 River Bend Parkway, Elkton, Maryland 21921. Cecil County ADC map 12 K13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-996-8101

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 1, 2023

    NOTES: Also known as River Bend Park Boat Ramp. Access to the upstream part of the Elk River and the mouth of Big Elk Creek. Lots of parking. Two ramps. One source says there is a restroom but I did not see it.

    A permit is not required for the launching of kayaks but it is needed if you have a trailer.

    BLOGS: July 1, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cecil County - Parks and Facilities - Elk River Park
    Cecil Whig - County opens public boat launch at Elk River Park
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    Fredericktown Boat LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Sassafras Street, Georgetown, Maryland 21930. Cecil County ADC map 25 inset which appears at the bottom of page 24 or Kent County ADC map 5 A4 (easier to read than Cecil County map). See map.

    PHONE: 410-996-8101 Cecil County administration building

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 15, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Sassafras River. Boat ramp. No restroom. After paddling, consider dining at one of the restaurants on George Street.

    BLOGS: September 30, 2013 and July 15, 2023
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    Marina Park - ElktonOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: The entrance to the park is located just north of Marina Park Plaza 200 South Bridge Street (route 213) on the west side of South Bridge Street, Elkton, Maryland 21921. It is also 400 feet south of the intersection of South Bridge Street and Howard Street. Cecil County ADC map 13 B9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 16, 2023

    NOTES: Sometimes this place is called Elkton Marina Park. Access to Big Elk Creek. Parking for 25+ vehicles. Boat ramp. I did not see a restroom on my latest visit.

    You can paddle about a mile upstream before having to portage. It is 0.9 mile downstream to Little Elk Creek. Very scenic.

    BLOGS: March 10, 2016 and September 16, 2023
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    Marina Park - Port DepositOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 160 South Main Street (route 222) near the intersection of South Main Street and Bainbridge Road, Port Deposit, Maryland 21904. Cecil County ADC map 9 A10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 28, 2014

    NOTES: This location is sometimes called Port Marina Park, Historic Port Marina Park, or Historic Marina Park. Access to the Susquehanna River.

    Boat ramps and restroom available. Parking for about 30 vehicles.

    Paddle upstream to get to various small islands: Robert, Spencer, Steel, Wood, and Street. Or paddle downstream to get to Garrett Island. Directly across is the Lapidum Boat Launch Facility.

    BLOGS: April 28, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Port Deposit - Marina Park Ramp
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    Moore RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Moore Road just west of the tall, beautiful train bridge (not the dilapidated train bridge located further east), Conowingo, Maryland 21918. To get here, you can drive 0.3 mile southeast of the intersection of Moore Road and Susquehanna River Road (route 222). Cecil County ADC map 2 E12. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 17, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Octoraro Creek and the Susquehanna River.

    There are many places along Moore Road where you can drop your boat but in my opinion, this is the best. Park along the north side of the road slightly east and just west of the tall bridge support. There is room for about two vehicles. There is also room for about four vehicles just west of the dilapidated train bridge.

    280 feet west on Moore Road, it is actually easier to put a boat into the water and the parking is better but it will be too shallow to get back without portaging.

    No restroom or ramp but if you gotta pee, then go behind the tall bridge train support.

    The mouth of the creek is 0.8 mile downstream from the dam so when the dam releases a lot of water, it is not safe to paddle in the Susquehanna River. To find out if water is being released from the dam, call the Conowingo dam generation schedule: 1-888-457-4076.

    BLOGS: April 9, 2017 and April 17, 2017
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    North East Town ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Intersection of West Walnut Street and Cherry Street, North East, Maryland 21901. Located just west of the Cecil County Tourism office at 300 Cherry Street. Cecil County ADC map 11 E11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-287-5801

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Also known as Northeast Community Park. Beach access to the Northeast River.
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    Perryville Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 501 Roundhouse Drive, Perryville, Maryland 21903. Cecil County ADC map 14 F3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-642-6066

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Susquehanna River just east of Garrett Island. Pay to launch. Avoid the fee by launching further downstream at Perryville Community Park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Perryville Community Boat Ramp
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    Perryville Community ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 100 Marion Tapp Parkway, Perryville, Maryland 21903. Cecil County ADC map 14 K6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-642-6066

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 11, 2019

    NOTES: Access to Mill Creek, Furnace Bay, and the Chesapeake Bay.

    Porta-john near beach launch area. Large parking area that is 150 feet away if you can get the best spot. If you get the worst in the lot, it will be 300 feet away. Restroom available.

    BLOGS: May 11, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Perryville Community Park
    Birder's Guide to Maryland and D.C. - Perryville Community Park
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    Stemmers RunOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Entrance is to the east at the intersection of Pond Neck Road, South Drive, and North Drive, Earleville, Maryland 21919. Cecil County ADC map 23 J1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-996-8101

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 5, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the south side of mouth of Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Porta-john. Two ramps. Beach area on the west side of ramps. Parking for 25+ vehicles.

    BLOGS: May 5, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cecil County - Park and Facilities - Stemmers Run Boat Launch
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    Dorchester CountyOpen accordion icon
    Dorchester County has 1700 miles of shoreline - more than any other county in Maryland. Unfortunately, they don't have the revenue to put in a lot of launch sites and the ones they have tend to cater more to professional watermen; not many soft launches.

    The Nanticoke River flows through this county. It is
    ...the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary on the lower Delmarva...represent[ing] about one-third of all the tidal wetlands in the State of Maryland. The watershed is also the most biologically diverse watershed on the Delmarva, and is home to the highest concentration of bald eagles in the northeastern United States.
    - from Chesapeake Conservancy - Nanticoke River

    If paddling on the Choptank River, check out
  • Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trails Map Guide

  • For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Visit Dorchester - 2022 Guide to Getting on the Water in Dorchester County
  • Mid-Shore Fishing Club of Maryland - Dorchester County boat ramps
  • Salt Chef - Dorchester County

  • Paddling trails can be found at
  • Visit Dorchester - Dorchester Paddling Guide

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Asquith IslandOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At the west end of a Cannon Road off Asquith Island Road, Crapo, Maryland 21626. Cannon Road is not shown on some maps. It is located 0.9 mile south of the intersection of Asquith Island Road and Lakesville-Crapo Road. Dorchester County ADC map 42 E1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-2920

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Honga River and Lakes Cove.

    This launch site give one fairly good access to the mouth of Worlds End Creek, 3.5 miles away. From what I've seen and read about this creek, it is quite nice and deserves to be explored by true nature lovers.

    Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with information about this site. She says
    The Asquith put-in is by the green building on Cannon Road just off Asquith Island Road on the west side of Asquith. The put-in is at the end of Cannon road where it goes into the water. It's an iffy ramp, looks like fine for kayaks, iffy for anything more. There's a "thou shalt not dump oil in the water sign" but nothing to mark that it's a put-in. Looks like you can park a good number of cars along the road.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Asquith Island/Cannon Road
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    BestpitchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Bestpitch Ferry Road on the west side of the bridge over the Transquaking River, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 31 F7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-376-3236 LeCompte Wildlife Office

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 4, 2013

    NOTES: Access to the Transquaking River and Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area.

    NOTES: This launch site is a real gem and gives plenty of access to some narrow, winding rivers. No porta-john. The scenery in this area is pretty much all marshy grasslands without trees.

    BLOGS: May 4, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Fishing Bay WMA
    Maryland DNR - Fishing Bay Water Trail
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Bestpitch Ferry Boat Ramp
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    Blackwater AdventuresOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2524 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 29 C3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-901-9255

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Blackwater River. As of 2022, it costs $25 to purchase a launch pass. If they are not open, the pass must be purchased through their web link with a credit card. If they are open, you can pay with cash.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Blackwater Adventures
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    Blackwater NWR - Golden Hill RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4072 Golden Hill Road (route 335), Church Creek, Maryland 21622 in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Dorchester County ADC map 29 C3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-2677 visitor center

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Also called Blackwater NWR Soft Launch. Access to the Blackwater River. Park on the west side of the road, north of the bridge.

    No restroom or ramp. Nearest restroom is at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

    Room for about 18 vehicles in parking lot.

    BLOGS: Taylors Island, June 2007, June 21, 2008, and October 16, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
    Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - Public Use at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
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    Charles Creek RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Charles Creek Road, Crapo, Maryland. Dorchester County ADC map 36 A7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Worlds End Creek, Charles Creek, and the Honga River. This is an oasis launch site. No amenities. I just happened to find this while studying satellite photos. If it is private property, please let me know.
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    Church CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Taylors Island Road (route 16), 0.3 mile southwest of the intersection of Taylors Island Road and Golden Hill Road (route 335), Church Creek, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 21 B5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 2, 2017

    NOTES: Launch onto the easternmost edge of Church Creek at the rocky sides of the pipes or between them. This is a commando launch. Plenty of parking along the sides of the road. If you want to explore the southeast side of Church Creek, then this is your best option. If you want to go to the northwest side, then consider Madison.

    BLOGS: July 2, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Dorchester - Church Creek
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    CrocheronOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Crocheron Road, Crocheron, Maryland 21672. Dorchester County ADC map 43 H12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-2920 Dorchester County Highway Department

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Some maps might show Crocheron Road as Crocheron Wharf Road. Access to Tedious Creek and Fishing Bay. Boat ramp and porta-john.

    Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with information about this site. She says
    Nice big county ramp, room for lots more cars than the "5" listed on the DNR site. Puts into Tedious Creek, which looks like it has jetties protecting its mouth.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Crocheron
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Crocheron Boat Ramp
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Crocheron Wharf
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    Franklin StreetOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Franklin Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 12 E5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-1955

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes this area is called Eaton Point. Adjacent to Sailwinds Park. Access to the Choptank River. Three boat ramps.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails and Waterways - Franklin Street
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Franklin Street
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    Galestown Pond Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Launch on the west side of Lake Shore Drive, just north of where it meets Galestown Reliance Road, Galestown, Maryland 21659. Dorchester County ADC map 17 H6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 24, 2022

    NOTES: This connects to Galestown Millpond which is part of Gales Creek. It is created by a spillway at Galestown Reliance Road. You can't park at the launch site but I suspect there are places where one can park on the side of the road. No restroom or ramp.

    I have not paddled on the Millpond but I have paddled up to the spillway from downstream. One must portage to get downstream of the Millpond spillway.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hook and Bullet - Galestown Millpond
    A Beautiful Eastern Shore Paddle and Visit to a Town with a Secret History
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    Great Marsh ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast end of Somerset Avenue, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 12 C3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-1955

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes this place is called Gerry Boyle Park. Access to the Choptank River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Choose Cambridge - Great Marsh Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Gerry Boyle Park on the Great Marsh
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    Hills Point RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Hills Point Road, 280 feet west of the intersection of Hills Point Road and Wingate Way, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 9 E3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2017

    NOTES: Commando launch from rip rap onto Brannock Bay which connects to Trippe Bay.

    There is room for two or three vehicles to park on the south side of the road but check the ground first to make sure it is solid. I am quite certain the place I parked and launched is public because it is directly over a drain pipe. I scouted the area pretty thoroughly and believe this is the best place to launch if you want to go to Cook Point at the south side of the mouth of the Choptank River.

    BLOGS: July 27, 2017
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    HoopersvilleOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Hoopersville Road at the intersection of Hoopersville Road and Steamboat Wharf Road, Fishing Creek, Maryland 21634. Dorchester County ADC map 41 H10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-2920 Dorchester County

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Muddy Hook Cove and the Honga River. Launch from the east side of Middle Hooper Island.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Hoopersville
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    Island Creek Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Elliott Island Road, 6.6 miles south of where Elliott Island Road meets Henrys Cross Road/Lewis Wharf Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 39 E4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-376-3236 LeCompte Wildlife Office

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Island Creek and Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area. No porta-john. Parking for about 12 vehicles on the side of the road. Lots of marshy grasslands.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Fishing Bay WMA
    Maryland DNR - Fishing Bay Water Trail
    Visit Dorchester - Paddling Trails
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    Lloyds Volunteer Fire Department, Station 36Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Hudson Road (route 343), 0.3 mile northwest of where Hudson Road meets Richardson Road, Lloyds/Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 10 H2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 25, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Gary Creek and the Little Choptank River.

    The closest building used to be Lloyds Volunteer Fire Department, Station 36, which was on the north side of the street. I don't know if it is still there.

    No restroom. Park along side of the road and launch into the drainage ditch. This is a commando launch and you won't find anything better in the area.

    BLOGS: July 5, 2015 and March 25, 2017
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    MadisonOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Madison Canning House Road, 335 feet north of the intersection of Madison Canning House Road and Taylors Island Road (route 16), Madison, Maryland 21648. Dorchester County ADC map 20 B3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-2920 Dorchester County

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 19, 2024

    NOTES: Access to Madison Bay. Boat ramp. Sometimes there is a porta-john and sometimes there is not. I think it is seasonal. Parking is a little strange in that it seems like a bit of a free-for-all. I try to give vehicles with trailers the biggest spaces and just fit my small car in whatever niche I can.

    Woolford Country Store is a nice little convenience store with a deli and public restroom on the way to and not far from the launch site.

    There is a campground and restaurant right next door at Madison Bay Campground, Marina & Restaurant. Also check out Taylors Island Family Campground for another nearby place to camp.

    BLOGS: October 16, 2010, May 23, 2015, July 5, 2015, and July 2, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Madison
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    New BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of New Bridge Road just west of where the road crosses over Chicamacomico River, Vienna, Maryland 21869. This is 1.7 miles east of where New Bridge Road meets Ravenwood Road. Dorchester County ADC map 25 C8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-228-2920 Dorchester County

    DATE LAST UPDATED:

    NOTES: This site is not to be confused with New Bridge Landing in Talbot County. Access to Chicamacomico River.

    Parking for about 20 vehicles. No porta-john. Very scenic area.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - New Bridge (Chicamacomico) Boat Ramp
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - New Bridge
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    Pokata CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Elliott Island Road just south of the bridge over Pokata Creek. Dorchester County ADC map 39 E7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Pokata Creek, Island Creek, and Fishing Bay. Parking for about 20 vehicles. No porta-john. Small gravel ramp. Grassy marshlands.
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    Ragged PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Ragged Point Road, 1.1 miles south of where Ragged Point Road meets Hills Point Road, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 9 E8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 3, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Brooks Creek and the Little Choptank River. No restroom. Try to park in a place that doesn't limit parking for vehicles with trailers.

    BLOGS: May 3, 2015
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    Secretary Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: On the west side of Temple Street just north of Gordon Street, East New Market, Maryland 21631. Dorchester County ADC map 5 B11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 8, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Warwick River. Boat ramp and porta-john available. Parking for 25 vehicles.

    BLOGS: October 8, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dorchester Star - Secretary to put floating dock at boat ramp
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    Shorters WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Maple Dam Road just south of where it crosses over the Blackwater River, Church Creek, Maryland 21622. Dorchester County ADC map 30 E13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-376-3236 LeCompte Wildlife Office

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Also known as G. Reese Todd Public Landing and Shorter's Wharf. Access to the Blackwater River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Shorters Wharf (G. Reese Todd Public Landing)
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Shorter's Wharf
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    Smithville BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Located on the northwest side of Smithville Road just northeast of the bridge over Beaverdam Creek, Church Creek, Maryland 21622. This is 4.6 miles south of the intersection of Smithville Road and Taylors Island Road (route 16). Dorchester County ADC map 27 J5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 25, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Beaverdam Creek and Taylors Island. One boat ramp, no porta-john. Holds about 10 vehicles.

    BLOGS: Taylors Island, June 2007 and April 25, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Smithville Bridge
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Smithville Bridge
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    Smoke PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Hoopers Island Road, 2.3 miles south of where Hoopers Island Road meets Old House Point Road. Just north of Middle Hooper Island. Dorchester County ADC map 41 C2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Honga River. No amenities.
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    Spocott WindmillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of 1609 Hudson Road (route 343), Lloyds/Cambridge, Maryland 21613. Dorchester County ADC map 10 H2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 5, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Gary Creek and the Little Choptank River. There is a little clearing at the south end of this property where one can launch. I don't know if this is allowed but there is nothing to indicate otherwise. At least 350 foot carry to get to this clearing. I find it easier to put in at Lloyds Volunteer Fire Department, Station 36.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Spocott Windmill
    Dorchester County - Spocott Windmill & Village
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    Taylors Island Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of 514 Taylors Island Road, Taylors Island, Maryland 21669. Dorchester County ADC map 18 K10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Chapel Cove and Slaughter Creek.

    One boat ramp, dumpster, and porta-john. Holds about 40 vehicles.

    BLOGS: Taylors Island, June 2007
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    Taylors Island Family CampgroundOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4362 Bay Shore Road, Taylors Island, Maryland 21669. Dorchester County ADC map 18 E10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-397-3275

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 2, 2017

    NOTES: Pay to launch onto the Chesapeake Bay. People camping there launch for free. Restroom and boat ramp.

    BLOGS: July 2, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Dorchester County - Taylors Island Family Campground
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    Toddville Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Farm Creek Road, 0.7 mile northeast of the intersection of Farm Creek Road and Toddville Road, Toddville, Maryland 21672. Dorchester County ADC map 43 F1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Farm Creek and Fishing Bay. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Toddville Boat Ramp
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    Trenton StreetOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Trenton Street at Trenton Street and Shipslanding Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. This site is 0.1 mile south of the Market Street and Trenton Street intersection. Dorchester County ADC map 12 D5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Also known as Cambridge Creek Access. Access to Cambridge Creek and the Choptank River. No restroom. Parking for 13 near the ramp. Water refill station and picnic tables available.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: delmarva trails & waterways - Trenton Street
    Choptank River Heritage - Trenton Street Access
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    Tylers Cove Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Hoopers Island Road (route 335) just before crossing bridge to Upper Hooper Island, Church Creek, Maryland 21622. Dorchester County ADC map 35 A6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 28, 2013

    NOTES: Access to Fishing Creek, Tar Bay, and the Honga River. This ideal spot provides access to several bodies of water and islands within a short distance, making it a Cadillac site. Barren Island lies to the west while Wroten Island is on the east.

    BLOGS: April 28, 2013
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    LOCATION: At the intersection of Water Street and Race Street, Vienna, Maryland 21869. Dorchester County ADC map 26 B8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2021

    NOTES: Access to the Nanticoke River. Chicone Creek is one mile upstream. Once on that, it is about another mile to Indiantown Road and then another mile to Chicone Road.

    The scenic Barren Creek is 1.2 miles downstream. There are a plethora of narrow creeks to explore in this area.

    About 1.8 miles upstream from Vienna is Stump Point.

    Boat ramp available. No restrooms; best to stop in Cambridge for that. No parking lot. Drop off your boat and then park along the side of the road where you can.

    BLOGS: May 9-11, 2008, September 20-21, 2008, and March 27, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Vienna Boat Ramp
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    Wallace CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just west of 1439 Hoopers Island Road (route 335) on the south side of the street, Church Creek, Maryland 21622. Dorchester County ADC map 28 E13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Wallace Creek and the Honga River. Porta-john available. Parking for about 35 vehicles but it may be mostly filled with boat trailers, especially during bird hunting season.
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    WingateOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Wingate Bishops Head Road, 0.1 mile south of where Wingate Bishops Head Road meets Toddville Road, Maryland 21675. Dorchester County ADC map 42 J1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Insley Cove, Fox Creek, and the Honga River. Lots of parking and a pavillion. Well maintained.

    Don't confuse this location with 2102 Wingate Bishops Head Road, which is the Honga Oyster Company.
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    Nice gas stations with restroom and food (not just snacks) can be a little hard to find. My favorites are
  • Royal Farms: 6502 Church Hill Rd, Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Royal Farms: 859 High St, Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Molly's Place: 12503 Augustine Herman Highway, Kennedyville, Maryland 21645

  • For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Kent County - Kent County Public Landings
  • Salt Chef - Kent County

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Allens LaneOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Allens Lane, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 18 H7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This site is sometimes called Allen's Lane. Access to the Chesapeake Bay, away from the busier part of Rock Hall.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Allen's Lane
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    Bayside Landing ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 20927 Bayside Avenue, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 18 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-7439

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Rock Hall Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. Boat ramp at the south end.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kent County - Bayside Landing Park and Pool
    Rock Hall - RH Pool at Bayside Landing Park
    Paddle the Chester - Getting Bayside at Rock Hall Harbor
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    LOCATION: North end of Main Street (route 292), Betterton, Maryland 21610. Kent County ADC map 2 E3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-7448

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 22, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the lower Sassafras River. Boat ramp and beach launch. There is parking for about eight vehicles near the ramp but I think this is just for trailers or you need a permit. Best to park at the big lot 200 yards west. This lot holds 52 cars. There is a regular restroom that also has showers.

    BLOGS: May 17, 2013 and April 22, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kent County - Betterton Beach
    Paddle the Sassafras - Paddling is Better at Betterton Landing
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    Broadneck LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Broad Neck Road (route 446), Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 20 A7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to East Fork Langford Creek and Cacaway Island.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: YouTube - A Paddler's Guide to Broadneck Landing & Cacaway Island
    Swim Guide - Broadneck Landing
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    Buckingham Public LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Buckingham Road, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 18 B10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-7439

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Some maps call this site Buckingham Wharf. Access to the Chester River. No ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Buckingham Public Landing & Morgnec Road Public Landing
    Paddle the Chester - Bald Eagles Abound at Buckingham Wharf
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    Chestertown MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 211 South Water Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 17 D6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-5381

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 28, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Chester River. Ramp fee is $10 as of 2022. Pay via drop box at the ramp. Avoid the fee by launching at Truslow Boat House.

    BLOGS: Chestertown, November 1, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Chestertown Marina
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    Cliffs CityOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Cliffs City Road, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 20 C11 or Queen Annes County ADC map 11 E4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Some maps show this site as being called Cliff City. Access to the upper Chester River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Cliff City and the Living Shorelines of Conquest Beach
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    Eastern Neck - Bogles Wharf LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Bogles Wharf Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 22 F12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-639-7056

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 16, 2016

    NOTES: Access to the lower Chester River. Boat ramp and beach launch. No restroom. Parking for about 30 vehicles. The island is the home of Eastern Neck Island National Wildlife Refuge.

    Consider camping nearby at Bay Shore Campground.

    BLOGS: July 22, 2006 and April 16, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Boating - Motorized
    Sultana Education Foundation - Bogles Wharf Public Landing
    Paddle the Chester - Bogle's Wharf: A Paddle Fit for a Bird Enthusiast
    Laura Paddles Delmarva - Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge: Ingleside to Bogles Wharf
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    Eastern Neck - InglesideOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Ingleside Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 22 B9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-639-7056

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chesapeake Bay.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Boating - Non-motorized
    Laura Paddles Delmarva - Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge: Ingleside to Bogles Wharf
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    FairleeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Fairlee Public Landing Road, Chestertown, MD 21620. Kent County ADC map 7 D11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 16, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Fairlee Creek. Gravel ramp. No restroom. Parking along side of road but not right next to ramp. In the section that drains from Fairlee Lake, there are lotus plants. Narrow sections are scenic but tend to be shallow. Most everything on the southwest side between the launch site and the Chesapeake Bay is also quite scenic and natural.

    BLOGS: May 16, 2017 and July 22, 2017
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    Foxhole LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest end of Fox Hole Road, Galena, Maryland 21635. Kent County ADC map 5 J2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 10, 2021

    NOTES: Access to the upper Sassafras River. Parking for about ten vehicles. No restroom but there are some woods on your left where you might find some privacy. Beach launch. When returning, look for the power lines. This is your landmark. Most of the north side of the river (Cecil County side) is undeveloped. Paddling upstream is scenic but you need to time it with the high tide.

    BLOGS: March 23, 2012, April 12, 2015, March 30, 2019 and March 10, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Sassafras - A Silver Mine at Foxhole Landing
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    GratitudeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Rock Hall Avenue (route 20), Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 18 E5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Swan Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. This site is public property and separate from the marina.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - A Paddle of Gratitude
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    Grays InnOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Grays Inn Landing Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 18 K9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Grays Inn Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - A Peaceful Paddle at "Graves End"
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    Green LaneOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Green Lane, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 18 H7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Rock Hall Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. Boat ramp and parking for about 12 vehicles near the ramp with plenty of room along the side of the road.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Green Lane
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    Green Point Public LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 23150 Green Point Road (west end), Worton, Maryland 21678. Kent County ADC map 7 J5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 22, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Worton Creek. Boat ramp and porta-john. Closest parking is on south side of Green Point Road (left side if facing water). Room for five vehicles but a vehicle with trailer counts as two. You might be able to park in the marina parking lot but I'm not sure about this.

    BLOGS: July 22, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Sassafras - Green Point Landing on Worton Creek
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    HarringtonOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Harrington Park Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 19 C10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Herringtown Creek. Very limited parking.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Harrington Park Road
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    Long CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Crosby Road (route 288), Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 19 F11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Long Cove and Langford Creek. Boat ramp and lots of parking.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - A Long History of Watermen at Long Cove
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    LOCATION: 26959 Morgnec Road (route 291), Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 17 J1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-7439

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 30, 2016

    NOTES: Access to Morgan Creek. Dirt and grass parking with more parking along the side of Morgnec Road. It may be a messy launch at low tide. No boat ramp or restroom. You can paddle about 4.6 miles upstream from this location.

    BLOGS: May 30, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Buckingham Public Landing & Morgnec Road Public Landing
    Paddle the Chester - Stopping for a Drink on Morgan Creek
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    Quaker Neck LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Quaker Neck Landing Road, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 20 J7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Chester River.

    BLOGS: April 26, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - A "Convenient" Paddle at Quaker's Neck
    Swim Guide - Quaker Neck Landing
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    Rileys MillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Rileys Mill Road, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 9 H10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 7, 2019

    NOTES: Some maps show this site as Riley's Mill. Access to Morgan Creek which has about five miles of paddling. Dirt parking lot holds about 12 vehicles. No boat ramp or restroom. Best to launch on the southeast side of the peninsula.

    BLOGS: August 29, 2009, May 30, 2016, and April 7, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - The Mills on Morgan Creek
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    LOCATION: South end of Shadding Reach Road, Millington, Maryland 21651. Kent County ADC map 12 B11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 18, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the upper Chester River. Parking for about 15 vehicles. No ramp or restrooms. Do not block the wooden vehicle entrance on the east to a neighboring property. The route 301 bridge is 1.5 miles upstream. Millington Waterfront Park is about 3 miles upstream. The river opens up about 1.5 miles downstream. Crumpton Landing is 3.5 miles downstream.

    BLOGS: April 26, 2009, May 12, 2018, July 4, 2018, and August 18, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sultana Education Foundation - A Paddler's Guide To Shadding Reach Public Landing
    Paddle the Chester - Life's a Peach at Shadding Reach
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    ShallcrossOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Shallcross Wharf Road, Kennedyville, Maryland 21645. Kent County ADC map 4 C4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 30, 2013

    NOTES: Access to the Sassafras River. Parking for about four vehicles. No restroom, no ramp. Just a 30'x40' section of rip rap to carry your boat over to get to the water. This is a really bad launch site. Expect to twist your ankle or drop your boat as you make your way to the water. The next best thing is Turners Creek Park which is three miles upstream or Fredericktown which is three miles downstream.

    It will look like you are in private property but you'll find that there is a Sassafras River Water Trail sign posted here.
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    Shipyard LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Shipyard Lane, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 19 F1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Shipyard Creek and West Fork Langford Creek. Boat ramp and lots of parking. I've heard that this place is quite popular with crabbers.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Shipyard Landing
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    LOCATION: South end of Skinners Neck Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 19 B11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Herringtown Creek and Grays Inn Creek. Parking for about eight vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Skinners Neck and the Shipbuilders of the Eastern Shore
    Swim Guide - Skinners Neck Landing
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    Spring CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Walnut Landing Road, 450 feet north of the intersection of Walnut Landing Road and Spring Cove Road, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661. Kent County ADC map 18 G4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Haven and Swan Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Spring Cove: A Haven for Passing Ships
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    Still Pond Station ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 24188 Still Pond Neck Road, Worton, Maryland 21678. Kent County ADC map 1 D9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-1948

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 9, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Still Pond Bay, Still Pond Creek, and the Chesapeake Bay. I have referred to this place as Still Pond Beach because there is a nice beach on the west side for soft launching. Parking for about 18 vehicles. I don't know if there is a public restroom.

    BLOGS: July 9, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kent County - Still Pond Station Park
    My Eastern Shore - Still Pond Station building to make way for park
    Swim Guide - Still Pond Creek
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    Still Pond LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Still Pond Creek Road, 0.2 mile west of the intersection of Still Pond Creek Road and Bessicks Corner Road, Worton, Maryland 21678. Kent County ADC map 2 A12. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 29, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Still Pond Creek. Dirt parking lot holds about ten vehicles. No restroom. Very simple ramp. Try to park in a way that won't impede trailers.

    BLOGS: May 17, 2013, July 9, 2017, and May 29, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Sassafras - Explore Forested Shorelines at the Head of Still Pond Creek
    Swim Guide - Still Pond Creek
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    TolchesterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Tolchester Beach Road, Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 14 H5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chesapeake Bay.
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    Truslow/Hodson Boat HouseOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 475 South Cross Street (route 289), Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Kent County ADC map 17 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-7232

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 27, 2023

    NOTES: This area is known as Lelia Hynson Boating Park and Waterfront at Washington College. I don't know why it has so many names...makes it confusing. Access to the Chester River. Turn into a driveway at a sign that reads "Washington College Boating Park." The launch site is the boat ramp and beach on the south side of the Lelia Hynson Pavilion. There is a restroom at the boathouse but it isn't for the public. But there is a porta-john for the public at the southeast side of the parking lot for Wilmer Park, just 0.1 mile northeast.

    This is my favorite place to launch if I want to see activities from the water in Chestertown.

    In 2022, they had cones set up that blocked off the gravel parking lot from the road that leads to the water. I spoke to a worker who said I could still drive down to the water to unload/load my boat.

    BLOGS: November 2-3, 2019, May 28, 2022, and October 27, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: HGA - Washington College Hodson Boathouse
    Washington College - Hodson Boathouse Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Washington College - The Waterfront
    Washington College - The Hodson Boathouse
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    Turners Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville, Maryland 21645. Kent County ADC map 3 F5.

    PHONE: 410-778-1948

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 31, 2021

    NOTES: Access to Turners Creek and the Sassafras River. If you want to see lotus flowers, this is the BEST place to launch. Parking for about seven vehicles near the ramp. Only non-trailered vehicles may park near the ramp. There is plenty of room for other vehicles at the top of the hill. Porta-john near the ramp and a regular restroom on the bottom floor of the historic Lathim House. The ramp can get pretty busy so paddlers should also consider launching on the east side.

    BLOGS: August 13, 2011, August 12, 2012, July 22, 2017, and July 31, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA)
    Maryland DNR - Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area
    Kent County - Turner's Creek Park
    Saki's route map
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Sassafras Natural Resources Management Area & Turner's Creek Park
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    Urieville Community LakeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Kylie Lane just north of Augustine Herman Highway (route 213) in Kennedyville, Maryland. Kent County ADC map 9 K6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-928-3643

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 10, 2021

    NOTES: Access to Urieville Community Lake which feeds Morgan Creek. Boat ramp, no restroom, parking for about six. The lake is known for having poor water quality and an unhealthy level of sediment. Be sure to wash well after paddling here and do NOT let any of this water get in your (or your dog's) mouth. But it is a popular place for fishing and an excellent place to find turtles, especially late in the winter.

    BLOGS: March 10, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Urieville Lake
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    LOCATION: 399 South Cross Street (route 289), Chestertown, MD 21620. Kent County ADC map 17 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-778-0500

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 28, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the Chester River. The launch site just east of the Lelia Hynson Pavilion in the grasses. You'll have to carry your boat about 400 feet. Avoid the carry by launching at Truslow/Hodson Boat House.

    There is a porta-john at the southeast side of the parking lot for Wilmer Park.

    BLOGS: October 28, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Town of Chestertown - Wilmer Park
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Wilmer Park
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Chestertown: Wilmer Park, Wayne Gilchrest Trail, & Chestertown WWTP
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    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Queen Anne's County - Facilities
  • 2017 Queen Anne's County Public Landings Guide & Permit Application
  • Salt Chef - Queen Anne's County

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

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    Most launch sites in Queen Anne's County require a permit for parking. See Queen Anne's County - Landings and Piers.

    Permits to use Queen Anne's County's landings and ramps are actually permits to park at all landing facilities throughout Queen Anne's County.
    To use any of the public landings, a current permit must be displayed by each vehicle, with or without a trailer, for either the launching of a boat or for general parking.


    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 12, 2022
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    Bennett Point LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 200 Wye Ferry Road, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Queen Anne's County ADC map 30 H5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 24, 2022

    NOTES: Some maps may should this as Bennetts Point Pier or Wye Ferry Landing. Access to the Wye River. No boat ramp. Porta-john available. Parking for about 10 vehicles with more room on Wye Ferry Road. Sandy area to launch a kayak on the east side, despite the kayak launch sign being on the west side.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: September 24, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Bennetts Point Landing
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    Browns LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Brown Road (sometimes Browns Road), Chester, Maryland 21619. Queen Anne's County ADC map 23 B5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 3, 2020

    NOTES: Access to Cox Creek. Boat ramp. No restroom. Best to park on the north side of Brown Road.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: September 3, 2020
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    LOCATION: 300 Bryantown Landing Road, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Queen Anne's County ADC map 25 A10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 4, 2020

    NOTES: Access to the Wye River. No boat ramp or restrooms. Muddy area to launch a kayak on the south side which may be underwater at high tide. Access to the Wye River. This is not a good place to take dogs that are spooked by loud noises because there is a shooting range to the northwest.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: October 4, 2020 and October 18, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Bryantown Landing
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    LOCATION: South end of Cabin Creek Road, Grasonville, MD 21638. Queen Anne's County ADC map 24 E8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 15, 2020

    NOTES: Access to Cabin Creek and Prospect Bay. No restroom or ramp. Just a narrow, sometimes muddy place to launch your kayak between the grasses. Put in on the north side of the pier. Lots of parking.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: September 15, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Cabin Creek Landing
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    LOCATION: 201 Water Way, Centreville, Maryland 21617. Queen Anne's County ADC map 19 E1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 4, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Corsica River. Concrete boat ramp available. Parking for about ten vehicles in non-reserved spots but these will likely be taken by boat trailers. You can unload at the ramp and then park further away, closer to where Watson Road passes over Yellow Bank Stream, though some maps simply show this as another branch of the Corsica River.

    This is a great place to access the Corsica River Water Trails.

    Restroom available.

    Consider eating after paddling at Doc's Riverside Grille which has some outdoor seating.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy. If you want to avoid paying the launch fee, put in next door at Centreville Wharf.

    BLOGS: May 9, 2009, July 4, 2018, September 5, 2019, and June 27, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Centreville Landing
    Corsica River Water Trails
    The Corsica River Water Trails - Preserving the Memory and Shaping the Future
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    LOCATION: 212 Watson Road (northwest side), Centreville, Maryland 21617, Centreville, Maryland 21617. Queen Anne's County ADC map 19 E1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 4, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Corsica River. There is a floating dock at the end of a four-foot-wide walkway where one can launch for free so long as vehicles do not park in trailer spaces or spots reserved for boat slip renters. One can unload and then park further away, closer to where Watson Road passes over Yellow Bank Stream, though some maps simply show this as another branch of the Corsica River.

    This is a great place to access the Corsica River Water Trails.

    Centreville Wharf was once a hub for trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tobacco, wheat, cattle, and even circus elephants once passed through.

    Restroom available next door at Centreville Public Landing.

    Consider eating after paddling at Doc's Riverside Grille which has some outdoor seating.

    The Queen Anne's County permit policy does not apply here but it does at Centreville Public Landing so don't mix the two up.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County, Maryland - Centreville Wharf
    The Corsica River Water Trails - Preserving the Memory and Shaping the Future
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    Chesapeake Bay Environmental CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, Maryland 21638. Queen Anne's County ADC map 24 C5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-827-6694

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 3, 2014

    NOTES: Access to Marshy Creek. Ample parking. Restroom available. I don't know the policy of the Center for letting visitors with their own boats launch. Even if you did, you would probably need to cart your boat quite a distance. They do rent boats and offer tours. They have some nice trails and the visitor center is pretty cool.

    BLOGS: May 3, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center - Rent a Kayak
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    LOCATION: 400 Market Street, Crumpton, Maryland 21628. Queen Anne's County ADC map 2 G6 or Kent County, Maryland ADC map 11 E13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chester River. Shadding Reach is about 3.5 miles upstream.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Crumpton Landing
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    LOCATION: 1001 Deep Landing Road, Crumpton, Maryland 21628. Queen Anne's County ADC map 2 B6 or Kent County, Maryland ADC map 10 K13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chester River.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Deep Landing
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    LOCATION: 500 Double Creek Point Road (north end), Chestertown, Maryland 21620. Queen Anne's County ADC map 1 K5 or Kent County, Maryland ADC map 10 G13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-343-9072

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chester River. Boat ramp. Waterfront sites. Tent camping.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Duck Neck Campground
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    LOCATION: 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, Maryland 21619. Queen Anne's County ADC map 23 J2.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 5, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Piney Creek. This place shares about 30+ parking spaces with the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center. Porta-john. Launch at break in the grasses near the pedestrian bridge.

    There is also supposedly a ramp at the east end of Piney Narrows Road with access to Kent Island Narrows, but at the time of this writing, I did not know to look for it and construction was taking place.

    BLOGS: June 4, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Ferry Point Park
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    LOCATION: Goodhands Creek Road, Chester, Maryland 21619. Queen Anne's County ADC map 23 G4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 3, 2014

    NOTES: Sometimes it is called Goodhand's Creek Landing. Access to Goodhands Creek. Parking for 14 vehicles. Restroom and ramp available.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 3, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Goodhand's Creek Landing
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    LOCATION: 301 Jackson Creek Road, Grasonville, Maryland 21638. Queen Anne's County ADC map 24 D3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 4, 2023

    NOTES: Access to Jackson Creek and the Chester River. No boat ramp. Parking for about eight. Porta-john. Nice benches and beach. Three miles due north is Eastern Neck Island.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 10, 2017, September 13, 2020, April 4, 2023, and October 4, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Jackson Creek Landing
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    LOCATION: 100 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, Maryland 21619. Queen Anne's County ADC map 23 J3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Kent Island Narrows. The current here can be strong. Boat ramp available. Parking for 25+ vehicles.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Kent Narrows Landing
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    LOCATION: 1901 Little Creek Road (south end), Chester, Maryland 21619. Queen Anne's County ADC map 23 D9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 9, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Crab Alley Creek and Crab Alley Bay. Parking for ~15 vehicles. Restroom and ramp available.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 19, 2014, June 8, 2014, and May 9, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Little Creek Landing
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    LOCATION: 251 Marine Academy Drive, Stevensville, Maryland 21666. Queen Anne's County ADC map 22 D6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 2, 2014

    NOTES: Access to Chesapeake Bay. Boat ramp. Parking for 25+ vehicles in the main area and parking for another 40 or so in the overflow lot. Restrooms and soda machines. Fresh water faucet behind restrooms. Pay to park unless you have a Queen Anne's County launch site permit. Open 24 hours a day. This is also the northern terminus of the South Island Trail.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Matapeake Fishing Pier and Ramp
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Matapeake Clubhouse & Beach - Matapeake Fishing Pier & Boat Ramp
    Wikipedia - Matapeake State Park
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    Millington Waterfront ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest side of Sassafras Street (route 313) just west of the Chester River, 0.2 mile southwest of the intersection of Sassafras Street and Cypress Street (route 291), Millington, Maryland 21651. Queen Anne's County ADC map 3 K3 or Kent County ADC map 12 H10

    PHONE: 410-928-3880

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 4, 2018

    NOTES: Access to the upper Chester River. No restroom or ramp. Gravel lot will hold ~20 vehicles. Paddle three miles downstream to Shadding Reach. One can go about 0.4 mile upstream. There are various level fishing platforms one can launch from but these are pretty high above the water so I don't recommend them. Instead, look for a somewhat steep, narrow, gravel path that leads down to the water at a good launch area, about 140 feet from the parking lot. This will put you right at water level. The scenery here is fabulous! Best to time your trip with the high tide.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Chester - Paddling the Head of the Chester at Millington
    Swim Guide - Millington Waterfront Park
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    Millstream ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just northwest of the intersection of Centreville Road (route 213) and South Liberty Street, Centreville, Maryland 21617. Queen Anne's County ADC map 19 F3. Soft launch is southwest of the pavillion.

    PHONE: 410-758-1180

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 4, 2023

    NOTES: Sometimes this place is called Mill Stream Park. Access to the upper Corsica River. Handholds fixed to a sturdy wooden post make taking out or putting in at the soft launch easy. No permit required to launch. It is 160 feet from the parking lot to the water.

    If you plan to paddle all three Corsica River Water Trails in the same day, then I suggest making this your midway breakpoint.

    This is a public park with a playground. There is a porta-john and parking for 20+ vehicles. The scenic Millstream Trail runs not more than a mile from this park to Creamery Lane.

    The park was once the location of the Centreville spur of the Queen Anne's Railroad Company.

    Consider eating after paddling at Doc's Riverside Grille which has some outdoor seating.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Corsica River Water Trails
    My Eastern Shore MD - Town dedicates paved Millstream Park trail
    The Corsica River Water Trails - Preserving the Memory and Shaping the Future
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    Queenstown DockOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast end of 2nd Avenue, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Queen Anne's County ADC map 18 B12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-827-7646

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 26, 2017

    NOTES: This site is also known as Second Avenue Dock. Access to Little Queenstown Creek. No ramp. No restroom. Regular parking spaces with lines are for slip holders only. But immediately upon entering the area, there is room for two or three vehicles on the left. Park here and do a commando launch through the grass. As far as I know, parking in these unlined spaces is legal but if you are concerned, I suggest only doing this during the week when there are plenty of slip holder parking spaces available. Also consider launching at Skipjack Cove which is 250 feet away as the crow flies or 0.4 mile driving distance.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 30, 2017 and July 26, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Queenstown Dock
    Town of Queenstown - Harbormaster
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    Romancoke PierOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 9700 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666. Queen Anne's County ADC map 29 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 16, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Eastern Bay. No boat ramp. Restrooms. Water refill station and soda machine near restroom. Restrooms and parking for about 25 vehicles. On the north side is a ramp that lead to a beach specifically designated as a kayak launch area. It is very slippery at the bottom of the ramp. Pay to park unless you have a Queen Anne's County launch site permit.

    This is also the southern terminus of the South Island Trail.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: August 2, 2014, September 16, 2017, and September 17, 2022.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Romancoke Pier
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    Shipping CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 191 Shipping Creek Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666. Queen Anne's County ADC map 22 E13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 11, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Long Creek and Shipping Creek. Two boat ramps and porta-john available. Parking for 20+ vehicles.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 25, 2014 and June 11, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Shipping Creek Landing
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    Skipjack CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Skipjack Cove Lane, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Queen Anne's County ADC map 18 B12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-827-7645

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 30, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Little Queenstown Creek. Parking for about ten vehicles. No restroom. As of June 2017, this ramp is closed but there is nothing to indicate you can't park here. I also see no reason why one couldn't launch a kayak from an area here other than the ramp.

    Also consider launching at Queenstown Dock which is 250 feet away as the crow flies or 0.4 mile driving distance.

    According to The Star Democrat - Boat owners say Queenstown boat ramp needs improvements from 2007:
    Signs posted at the ramp state it is for the use of town residents only. It is not a county ramp and is not maintained by the county, officials said.
    In 2017, I saw no such signs.

    BLOGS: May 30, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Queenstown Creek and Little Queenstown Creek
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    Southeast Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 726 Southeast Creek Road (north end), Church Hill, Maryland 21623. Queen Anne's County ADC map 7 C8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 23, 2023

    NOTES: Access to Southeast Creek and Island Creek. Parking for about 15 vehicles on a dirt lot. At very high tide, the area near the benches may flood. Boat ramp and porta-john.

    Upstream paddling can get pretty shallow but it is scenic. I've gotten as far as 3.25 miles upstream of this launch site.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 9, 2009, August 31, 2009, October 22, 2022, and May 23, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Southeast Creek Landing
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    Thompson Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 802 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville, Maryland 21666. Queen Anne's County ADC map 22 K3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 13, 2014

    NOTES: Access to Thompson Creek. Boat ramp and restroom available. Parking for about 12 vehicles.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 13, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Thompson Creek Landing
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    Tuckahoe State Park - Tuckahoe LakeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 710 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne, Maryland 21657. Queen Anne's County ADC map 28 E3 or Caroline County ADC map 6 H7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-820-1668

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 30, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Tuckahoe Lake which is sometimes called Lake Tuckahoe or Crouse Mill Lake. Parking for about 18 vehicles.

    When the water is high, one should be able to paddle 3.2 miles upstream on Tuckahoe Creek from the lake without portage. Paddling on the creek can be difficult during drought.

    This is a great place to see turtles that will sit and pose while you take their picture.

    One cannot paddle downstream from the lake due to a spillway. Watch out for poison ivy.

    The closest restroom is at the Tuckahoe State Park - Boathouse but it isn't always open when it is supposed to be. Consider stopping at Royal Farms on the way in to use the restroom and buy snacks.

    BLOGS: May 10, 2009, May 14, 2010, June 15, 2013, July 11, 2015, and May 30, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Tuckahoe State Park
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    Warehouse Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Great Neck Road, 0.2 mile east of where Great Neck Road intersects Romancoke Road (route 8), Stevensville, Maryland 21666. Queen Anne's County ADC map 22 F5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-758-0835 or 410-778-4430

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2023

    NOTES: Access to Warehouse Creek which is mostly pristine and natural. No boat ramp. Parking for ~six vehicles. No restroom. No trailer launching due to shore erosion. A short boardwalk leads to a shallow, muddy area to launch a kayak. This place can get pretty buggy. Thompson Creek Landing is a much nicer place to put in.

    See Queen Anne's County permit policy.

    BLOGS: May 21, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Queen Anne's County - Facilities - Warehouse Creek Landing
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    Of all the counties in Maryland that have a significant number of launch sites suitable for sea kayaking, this is the county that I am least familiar with.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Play Somerset - Ramps & Marinas
  • Somerset County - Ramps, Docks, & Marinas
  • Somerset County - DPW - Roads & Waterways Division Facilities Map
  • Salt Chef - Somerset County

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Ape HoleOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Ape Hole Road, 0.7 mile southwest of the intersection of Ape Hole Road, Byrdtown Road, and Lawsonia Road, Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map QQ24. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Ape Hole Creek. A co-worker told me about this place. Park on the side of the road. I cannot confirm if this is public launch site but it is worth investigating.
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    Coulbourn Creek Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 27450 Coulbourn Creek Road (west end), Marion Station, Maryland 21838. Somerset County ADC map FF26. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes spelled Coulbourne Creek Boat Ramp. Access to Coulbourn Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Somerset Trail Mix - Coulbourne Creek Boat Ramp
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    Crisfield Park PierOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 201 Collins Street, Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map MM21. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: I don't know how feasible it is to launch here. One of my very old maps indicates this is/was a launch area and it is indeed public land. Access to Daugherty Creek but one map says this body of water is the Little Annemessex River. If this site is not fruitful, consider launching at Wellington Beach.
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    Dames Quarter Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 11320 Messick Road, Dames Quarter, Maryland 21821. Somerset County ADC map N18. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Dames Quarter Creek. Access to Monie Bay Water Trails.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - The Monie Bay Water Trails
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    Deal Island Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Ralph Abbott Road on the east side of Deal Point, Deal Island Historic District, Maryland 21821. Somerset County ADC map Q12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Upper Thorofare on the north end of Deal Island.
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    Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - NorthOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of unnamed road, Dames Quarter, Maryland 21821. This location is 1.3 miles west of 10802 Riley Roberts Road, Deal Island Historic District, Maryland 21821. Somerset County ADC map Q19. See map.

    PHONE: 410-543-8223

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to unnamed waters in the Deal Island WMA. Boat ramp available.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Deal Island WMA
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    Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) - SouthOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of unnamed road, Dames Quarter, Maryland 21821. This location is 2.4 miles southwest of 10802 Riley Roberts Road, Deal Island Historic District, Maryland 21821. Somerset County ADC map S16. See map.

    PHONE: 410-543-8223

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Big Sound Creek and the Manokin River. Boat ramp available. Parking for 20+ vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Deal Island WMA
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    Janes Island State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 26280 Alfred J. Lawson Drive (east end), Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map JJ22. See map.

    PHONE: 410-968-1565

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Daugherty Creek Canal. Boat ramp and soft launch available in same area. Very buggy in the summer. Deer flies are a big problem. But if you time your visit right, the park can be a beautiful place to paddle. Boat rental available.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Janes Island State Park - Water Trails
    Maryland DNR - Janes Island State Park - Boating
    Bay Journal - Meander through marshy curves at Janes Island State Park
    Kayaking Delmarva - Janes Island State Park Southern Loop
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Janes Island State Park
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    Jenkins Creek Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2990 Calvary Road, Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map PP22. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Daugherty Creek.
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    Little Boat HarborOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 102 Brick Kiln Road, Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map MM22. See map.

    PHONE: 410-968-1333

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: I'm not totally certain of this location but the Somerset County website says there is a boat ramp here and the location I've indicated is the only boat ramp in the area that I can identify via satellite photos. Access to Daugherty Creek but one map says this body of water is the Little Annemessex River.
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    Manokin River Park Soft LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Somerset Avenue (route 675), south of Fluers Lane and north of the Manokin River, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853. Somerset County ADC map L37. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1818

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes this area is simply called Manokin Park. Access to the Manokin River.
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    Mount Vernon Boat Ramp / Webster's Cove MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 13301 Dorsey Road, Mount Vernon, Maryland 21853. Somerset County ADC map H23. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Webster Cove and the lower Wicomico River on the eastern shore...not to be confused with the river of the same name on the western shore.
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    Raccoon PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 27875 Revells Neck Road (west end), Westover, Maryland 21871. Somerset County ADC map T28. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930 (Ramp) or 410-651-4980 (Beach & Park)

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Manokin River and Back Creek. Boat ramp available. Located in Raccoon Point Regional Park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Swim Guide - Raccoon Point
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    RehobethOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Coventry Parish Road, 0.3 mile southwest of where Coventry Parish Road intersects Old Rehobeth Road, Westover, Maryland 21871. Somerset County ADC map GG40. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the lower Pocomoke River. Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for about six vehicles. Launching here will put you about 7.5 miles north of Pocomoke Sound.
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    Rumbley Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 25700 Rumbley Road, Westover, Maryland 21871. Somerset County ADC map Z21. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Goose Creek and the Manokin River. Ramp available.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Rumbley Boat Ramp
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    Rumbly PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Rumbly Point Road just before the south end, Marion Station, Maryland 21838. Somerset County ADC map OO34. See map.

    PHONE: 410-968-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Pocomoke Sound, Marumsco Creek, and East Creek. Ramp available.
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    Saint Peters Creek Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Champ Wharf Road, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853. Somerset County ADC map S25. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Also known as Champ Wharf and Saint Peter's Creek Boat Ramp. Access to Saint Peters Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Champ Wharf / St. Peters Creek
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    ShelltownOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3626 Shelltown Road, 0.3 mile southeast of where Shelltown Road intersects Williams Point Road, Marion Station, Maryland 21838. Somerset County ADC map NN42. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the lower Pocomoke River, about a mile north of the Pocomoke Sound. No restroom. Parking for about 12 vehicles. Access to the Pocomoke River.
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    Smith Island - EwellOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: While I can't say with certainty, I believe this launch site is at the north end of Basin Road which resides 250 feet west of the intersection of Caleb Jones Road and Smith Island Road, Ewell, Maryland 21824. Somerset County ADC map LL4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Levering Creek and Big Thorofare. Smith Island is about 7.5 miles east of Crisfield.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A Paddler's Guide to Smith Island
    The Pearl on Smith Island - Why Kayak Smith Island?
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    Smith Island - TylertonOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: While I can't say with certainty, I believe this launch site is at the northeast end of Wharf Road, Tylerton, Maryland 21866. Somerset County ADC map PP5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Tyler Creek. Smith Island is about 7.5 miles east of Crisfield.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A Paddler's Guide to Smith Island
    The Pearl on Smith Island - Why Kayak Smith Island?
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    Somers Cove Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: On the north side of the intersection of Somers Cove, Hammock Pointe, and RR Norris Drive, Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map OO21. See map.

    PHONE: 410-968-0925, 800-967-3474

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Somers Cove. Lots of parking.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Somers Cove Marina - Rates
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    Wellington BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Lorrie C. Quinn, Sr. Drive, Crisfield, Maryland 21817. Somerset County ADC map MM21. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Daugherty Creek but one map says this body of water is the Little Annemessex River. As far as I know, there is no official boat launch here but I also see no reason why you couldn't launch a kayak. If this site is not fruitful, consider launching at Crisfield Park Pier.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Chesapeake Living - Crisfield Beach
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    Wenona Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Deal Island Road (route 363), a half mile south of where Deal Island Road intersected Paul Benton Circle, Deal Island Historic District, Maryland 21821. Somerset County ADC map V12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-968-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Lower Thorofare.
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    Whitehaven Soft LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Whitehaven Ferry Road, 0.5 mile northwest of the intersection of Whitehaven Ferry Road and Five Farms Drive, Mount Vernon, Maryland 21853. Somerset County ADC map E28. See map.

    PHONE: 410-651-1930

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Wicomico River on the eastern shore...not to be confused with the river of the same name on the western shore.
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    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Talbot Parks - Landings and Permits
  • Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trails Map Guide
  • Choptank River Heritage - River Access Site Comparison Chart
  • Tour Talbot - St. Michaels Water Trails Map
  • Saint Michaels Kayak Tour
  • Salt Chef - Talbot County

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Talbot County PermitOpen accordion icon
    Certain launch sites in Talbot County require a special permit. See Talbot Parks - Landings and Permits.

    According to Chapter 121-3 of the Talbot County code, canoes and kayaks are exempt from this special permit restriction.

    121-3. Ramp permit; dealer permit. A. Required. Ramp permits shall authorize the holder to launch and remove any vessel from the water at any public landing designed for that purpose, and to park any boat trailer at the public landing. It shall be unlawful for any person to launch or remove any vessel from the water or to park any boat trailer at a public landing without a ramp permit, except for emergency, state, County, and local government vehicles and vessels. Small vessels, canoes, and KAYAKS may be launched and removed without a permit when unaccompanied by a trailer. Marine contractors may utilize boat ramps without a permit to load or unload vessels, barges, materials, or equipment used in marine construction projects.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 22, 2022
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    Back Creek Park / Chew Street ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of West Chew Avenue, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663. Talbot County ADC map 11 K5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-745-9535

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 15, 2013

    NOTES: This place has also been called San Domingo Park. Access to San Domingo Creek.

    Parking for five vehicles. No ramp or restroom. Stop on the drive in at Carroll's Market.

    There is a picnic table and bench. Look for a gap in the bay grasses where one can launch a hand-carried boat.

    If you need to portage across the Saint Michaels peninsula, this is the place to do it, going from here to Saint Michaels ramp. Portage distance is 0.4 mile.

    BLOGS: June 22, 2013, June 29, 2013 and September 15, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - St. Michaels Back Creek Park
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    Bar Neck LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21650 Bar Neck Cove Road (northeast side) at the bend in the road, Tilghman, Maryland 21671. Talbot County ADC map 16 E9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2018

    NOTES: Some maps show this road as Bar Neck Road which is incorrect. Access to Black Walnut Cove at the southern end of Tilghman Island. No restroom, no ramp. Park in front of some big boulders. Don't turn left on a gravel road because that will just take you to private residences. Parking for three. Please pull over to the far right or left in front of the boulders to make room for a second car if you're the first one there.

    Launch from floating dock. This is the best place to launch if you want to get to Sharps Island Lighthouse which is four miles away and south by southwest of the southen tip of Tilghman Island. Expect to see a lot of rays near the lighthouse, especially if you can time your trip with the low tide. Only do this trip if you are a very competent paddler because the lighthouse is three miles from shore.

    BLOGS: June 30, 2018, June 23, 2019, and July 18, 2020
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    LOCATION: 22150 Bayshore Road (east end), Wittman, Maryland 21676. Talbot County ADC map 10 H2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chesapeake Bay. Very little parking. You may have to carry your boat over a little rip rap to do a soft launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Bay Shore Road
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    Bellevue LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 5536 Bellevue Road (east end), Royal Oak, Maryland 21662. Talbot County ADC map 18 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 15, 2013

    NOTES: Access to the Tred Avon River. Boat ramp and beach. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Porta-john available.

    BLOGS: September 15, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Oxford-Bellevue Ferry
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Bellevue Landing
    Swim Guide - Bellevue Beach
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    Bill Burton Fishing Pier State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Fishing Pier Road, Trappe, Maryland 21673. Talbot County ADC map 23 H13. See map.

    PHONE: 443-477-0526

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the Choptank River and Bolingbroke Creek.

    On northeast section upstream, one might be able to paddle to the bridge over Money Make Road. Plenty of porta-johns on the fishing pier. Park as close as possible to pier. There is a break in the steel railing near the pier in the parking area so you don't have to carry stuff over the railing. From there, it is about 550 feet southeast on an easy trail to a beach where one can launch. There is a short, easy section to carry over rip rap to get to the beach. Trails continue through the park. No signs mention a launch area but there is also nothing that says you can't launch.

    BLOGS: July 27, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park
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    Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 213 North Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663. Launch area is just southwest of the Steamboat Building. Talbot County ADC map 12 A3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-745-2916

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 28, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Miles River. There is a small beach with a sign that reads "Canoe & Kayak Launch" where you will find two small ramps. On September 22, 2022, I was told that generally, this launch site is reserved for museum members unless they have an organized outing. They aren't for the general public.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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    Claiborne LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Claiborne Landing Road, Claiborne, Maryland 21624. Talbot County ADC map 4 B7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Eastern Bay. Boat ramp. Parking for 26 vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Claiborne Landing
    Swim Guide - Claiborne Beach
    Parking map
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    Coveys LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 32550 Coveys Landing Road (east end), Cordova, Maryland 21625. Talbot County ADC map 9 C1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 13, 2013

    NOTES: Access to Tuckahoe Creek. Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for about five.

    BLOGS: May 1, 2011 and July 13, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Coveys Landing
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    Cummings CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8700 Howeth Road (south end), Wittman, Maryland 21676. Talbot County ADC map 10 K3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 22, 2013

    NOTES: Access to Cummings Creek and Harris Creek. Boat ramp and porta-john available. Room for about seven vehicles near the ramp. More room near north side of building though I'm not sure if parking is permitted there.

    BLOGS: June 29, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Cummings Creek Landing
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    Dogwood HarborOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21481 Dogwood Harbor Road, Tilghman, Maryland 21671. Talbot County ADC map 16 D4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: December 5, 2019

    NOTES: Access to Harris Creek. Ramp and restroom. This river is pretty clean and there has been a serious effort to reintroduce oysters here. Parking for over 20 vehicles.

    BLOGS: September 15, 2017, October 15, 2019, and December 5, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Tilghman Island - Paddling in Waterman Country
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    Easton PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 100 Port Street (west end), Easton, Maryland 21601. Talbot County ADC map 13 K7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Tred Avon River. This site is next to the Easton Point Marina which sells cold drinks. Boat ramp. There is a low dock that one can launch a kayak from but not at or near low tide. During high tide, it might be under water. Porta-john at east side of parking lot. Parking for 18 non-trailered or trailered vehicles. There are also spots for trailered vehicles only.

    BLOGS: September 16, 2012, May 21, 2021, and May 21, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Easton Point Landing
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    Easton Point Park / Phillips WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 672 West Glenwood Avenue, Easton, Maryland 21601. It is on the east side of the North Fork of the Tred Avon River, just south of the wooden footbridge. Talbot County ADC map 14 A6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-886-9200

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This floating pier is handicap-accessible. There is also a beach.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
    Facebook - Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
    The Star Democrat - Easton Point Park seeks to welcome public to town's waterfront
    WBOC - Town Of Easton Revitalizing Easton Point Park
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    Grace Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Cooper Point Road, 0.4 mile south of the intersection of Cooper Point Road and Latchstring Lane, Bozman, Maryland 21612. Talbot County ADC map 11 D9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: I'm not totally certain if this is a valid public launch site. Access to Grace Creek. Parking for four vehicles.
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    Kates Point RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near the southwest end of Kates Point Road, Trappe, Maryland 21673. Talbot County ADC map 24 F4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 4, 2022

    NOTES: No restroom or ramp. This is just a place where an unnamed creek meets the road. Avoid at low tide. Room for about eight vehicles along the side of the road. The shoulder is small and if you park too far off the road, your call will end up in the water or cause unnecessary erosion and road damage. There is a place that looks inviting for parking slightly east of where the creek meets the road but I believe this is a turn-around area.

    Access to an unnamed creek, an unnamed island, and the Choptank River. Near the island is Raccoon Creek which is very scenic but you can only paddle upstream on this for about a mile.

    BLOGS: June 4, 2022
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    Kingston LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8450 Kingston Landing Road (south end), Easton, Maryland 21601; Talbot County ADC map 15 J5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 4, 2023

    NOTES: Dirt Lot. No paved ramp. No restroom. Room for about 12 vehicles. Parking by permit only.

    Access to the Choptank River. This is the closest launch site to Kings Creek. Not far from the mouth of Kings Creek is Kings Creek Preserve, which can be accessed from the Nature Conservancy dock somewhere around 38.775370, -75.976081. It is a good place to take a break but not worth exploring on foot. I believe the wooded section and the area to the south is part of the preserve while the farmland to the west is private property but I'm not certain of this.

    In August 2015, the Kings Creek Water Trail was created.

    BLOGS: July 2, 2006, April 17, 2016, May 20, 2017, June 4, 2019, August 13, 2021, June 30, 2023, and November 4, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    Kings Creek - A Water Trail Fit for Royalty
    Kings Creek Water Trail map
    Talbot Spy - Riverkeepers Launch New Kings Creek Water Trail
    Choptank River Heritage - Kingston Landing
    Choptank River Heritage - Kings Creek Preserve
    The Nature Conservancy - Choptank Wetlands, Talbot and Caroline Counties
    Sherpa Guides - Talbot County
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    Lowes WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Lowes Wharf Road, Sherwood, Maryland 21665. Talbot County ADC map 10 E7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 29, 2019

    NOTES: Access to Ferry Cove and the Chesapeake Bay. Look for a Talbot County sign on the north side indicating the area is county land. Launch from a shallow area off the side of the road on the south side. I don't recommend launching or landing at low tide. Parking for maybe 20 vehicles. Access to Poplar, Jefferson, and Coaches Islands.

    The Tilghman Island and the Bay Hundred water trail map which mentions
    vessels must be lowered over a bulkhead to launch.

    You'll see a boat ramp slightly west but this belongs to Lowes Wharf Marina. I recommend paying to use this if you want an easier launch, plan to be there at low tide, or need to use a restroom.

    BLOGS: June 15, 2014, May 20, 2016, and April 29, 2019
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    Lowes Wharf MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21651 Lowes Wharf Road, Sherwood, Maryland 21665. Talbot County ADC map 10 E7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-745-6684

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 21, 2016

    NOTES: Access to Ferry Cove and the Chesapeake Bay. Pay to launch at the ramp and use the restroom.

    You can avoid the fee by launching at Lowes Wharf but then you lose some of the amenities (ramp and restroom). You're better off launching at the marina if you launch or land near low tide because things could get really muddy unless you're at the ramp.

    Parking for maybe 20 vehicles. Access to Poplar, Jefferson, and Coaches Islands.

    Afterward paddling, eat at the marina restaurant and drink at the bar. They also have lodging.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lowes Wharf
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    Miles River Bridge LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8850 Unionville Road (route 370), southwest side of road on the southeast side of the bridge over the Miles River, Easton, Maryland 21601. Talbot County ADC map 13 F2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 31, 2012

    NOTES: Access to the Miles River...not to be confused with Miles Creek. Also access to Glebe Creek and Goldsborough Creek. Parking along the side of the road. Room for maybe four vehicles. No restroom. Beach launch. If you want that, see Windyhill.

    BLOGS: May 31, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Miles River Bridge Landing
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    Neavitt LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 6151 Long Point Road, Neavitt, Maryland 21652. Talbot County ADC map 17 C2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 15, 2013

    NOTES: Access to Balls Creek and Broad Creek. An old website said to expect parking for 20 vehicles but most of that was for the private dock holders. There looked to be room for about eight non-dock holders. Boat ramp and restroom available.

    BLOGS: August 15, 2013
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    New Bridge Landing / Tuckahoe Landing BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 10300 Tuckahoe Landing Road (northeast end), just north of Tuckahoe Bridge, Easton, Maryland 21601. Talbot County ADC map 9 G8 or Caroline County ADC map 14 B6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 24, 2023

    NOTES: This site should not to be confused with New Bridge in Dorchester County. Access to the lower Tuckahoe Creek. Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Lot might be flooded at high tide.

    BLOGS: September 30, 2008, July 13, 2013, and July 9, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Caroline History - New Bridge Landing
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    Oak Creek Landing / NewcombOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 26000 Saint Michaels Road (route 33), just southeast of the intersection of Station Road and Saint Michaels Road, Newcomb, Maryland 21653. Talbot County ADC map 12 H10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Oak Creek and the Miles River. Boat ramp available. Parking for about 30 vehicles. Porta-johns.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Oak Creek Landing
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    Oxford Bellevue FerryOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just north of Strand Road and North Morris Street at Ferry Crossing Slip Road, Oxford, Maryland 21654. Talbot County ADC map 18 H7.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 4, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Tred Avon River. Boat ramp at the west end.

    There is also a very small beach just to the east of Ferry Crossing Slip Road but it may be under water at high tide.

    Parking for nine vehicles. I did not see any signs indicating that parking was only for ferry users. There is a public fishing and crabbing pier there so I assume the land is public. Porta-john in white shack.

    BLOGS: June 4, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Oxford-Bellevue Ferry
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    Oxford Boat LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 314 Tilghman Street (east end), Oxford, Maryland 21654. Talbot County ADC map 18 J7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-226-5122

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 4, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Town Creek and the Tred Avon River. Boat ramp. Parking for 50+ vehicles. Porta-john in white shack by water tower. To the south of the ramp is Scottish Highland Creamery which sells great ice cream.

    BLOGS: September 15, 2013 and June 4, 2022
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    Pickering Creek Audubon CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: The Welcome Center is on the north side of the Audubon Lane and Teal Point Road intersection, Easton, Maryland 21601. Talbot County ADC map 6 F3. See map.

    The actual launch site is at the north end of Teal Point Road, Easton, Maryland 21601. Talbot County ADC map 6 G2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-822-4903

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Pickering Creek. Four miles of walking trails.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Pickering Creek Audubon Center
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    Reese's LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 33000 Reese's Landing Road (southeast end), Cordova, Maryland 21625. Talbot County ADC map 9 E7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Tuckahoe Creek. No ramp.
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    Saint Michaels City DockOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest side of West Harbor Road north of Douglass Lane and south of North Harbor Road, Saint Michaels, Maryland 21663. Talbot County ADC map 12 B4.

    PHONE: 410-745-9535

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 28, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Miles River. No restroom. Stop on the drive in at Carroll's Market.

    There are two boat ramps:
  • Southeast ramp: There is a sign here that reads
    For boats 16 feet and under only. All others must use next ramp.
  • Northwest ramp: This is the next ramp.

  • Parking is non-intuitive. The best spots are ones for folks that pay to dock their boat. Pay attention to the signs on the way in so you can drop off your boat and have a plan of where to park.

    If you need to portage across the Saint Michaels peninsula, this is the place to do it, going from here to Back Creek Park. Portage distance is 0.4 mile.

    BLOGS: June 22, 2013, September 8, 2017, and May 28, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Following in the Footsteps of the Maryland Dove
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    Skipton Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 28900 Skipton Landing Road (west end), Cordova, Maryland 21625. Talbot County ADC map 2 D10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 25, 2021

    NOTES: Access to Skipton Creek and Mill Creek. Boat ramp available. Parking for four vehicles. No restroom.

    BLOGS: June 17, 2015, March 23, 2016, and March 25, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddling - Skipton Creek / Mill Creek in Maryland
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    Strand Parking LotOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Parking lot for Oxford Town Beach on the east side of Strand, just south of Valliants Lane, Oxford, Maryland 21654. Talbot County ADC map 18 J7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 4, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Town Creek which connects to the Tred Avon River. Put in between grasses on east side. Parking for 25+ vehicles. Porta-john in white shack. No ramp.

    BLOGS: June 4, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Swim Guide - The Strand Beach, Oxford
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    Tilghman Creek LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast end of Cockey Road, Claiborne, Maryland 21624. Talbot County ADC map 4 D8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Tilghman Creek. According to the "Tilghman Island and the Bay Hundred" water trail map,
    The water level at this site can be very shallow at times, but is generally suitable for launching non-motorized watercraft. Vessels must be lowered over a bulkhead to reach the water. Public parking is available adjacent to the wharf.

    The next closest launch site is 5 miles away (paddling distance) or 0.75 mile away (driving distance) at Claiborne Landing, which is much more accessible and has a restroom.
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    Trappe LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3800 Trappe Landing Road (south end), Trappe, Maryland 21673. Talbot County ADC map 23 A2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to La Trappe Creek. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Trappe Landing
    Swim Guide - Trappe Landing
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    Tunis MillsOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 26209 Tunis Mills Road (northwest side of bridge, southwest side of road), Easton, Maryland 21601. Talbot County ADC map 5 J10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Leeds Creek. Boat ramp. Parking may be very limited or non-existent.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Swim Guide - Tunis Mills Bridge
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    Windy Hill LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Windy Hill Road, Trappe, Maryland 21673. Talbot County ADC map 21 H9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 4, 2022

    NOTES: Also known as Windyhill. Access to the Choptank River. Boat ramp, beach, and pier. Porta-john. Parking for about nine vehicles which includes along the side of the road.

    BLOGS: September 30, 2008, April 18, 2009, June 4, 2022, and September 10, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Windy Hill Landing
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    Wye LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Wye Landing Lane, Wye Mills, Maryland 21679. Talbot County ADC map 1 J10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-770-8050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 21, 2016

    NOTES: Access to the Wye East River, Skipton Creek, Wye Narrows, and Wye Island. Boat ramps and restrooms available.

    Circumnavigation of Wye Island is 13.1 miles.

    BLOGS: July 12, 2008, June 17, 2015, and July 21, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Regatta Central - The Wye Island Regatta
    Paddling - Wye Island in Maryland
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Wye Landing
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    Wicomico CountyOpen accordion icon
    The Nanticoke River flows through this county. It is
    ...the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary on the lower Delmarva...represent[ing] about one-third of all the tidal wetlands in the State of Maryland. The watershed is also the most biologically diverse watershed on the Delmarva, and is home to the highest concentration of bald eagles in the northeastern United States.
    - from Chesapeake Conservancy - Nanticoke River

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Wicomico County - Water Access and Boat Launch Sites
  • Wicomico River Stewardship Initiative
  • Salt Chef - Wicomico County

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Adkins Mill ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 5168 Powellville Road (route 354) at the intersection of Powellville Road and Adkins Mill Park Road, Pittsville, Maryland 21850. Wicomico County ADC map 25 D4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-928-3643

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Adkins Pond. You can launch here but you can't go very far. A spillway separates the pond from Adkins Race, which I don't believe is paddleable. There is a half mile scenic nature trail in the park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Adkins Mill Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Adkins Mill Pond
    Maryland DNR - Adkins Mill Pond
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    Cedar Hill Marina and ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 20945 Harbor View Road, Bivalve, Maryland 21814. Wicomico County ADC map 17 F7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-548-4870, 410-548-4900

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Nanticoke River. Ramp and restroom. Beach on the west end.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico Recreation & Parks - Cedar Hill Marina and Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Cedar Hill Park & Marina
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Cedar Hill Marina & Park
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    Cherry Beach ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 110 Cherry Beach Road, Sharptown, Maryland 21861. Entrance for the road leading to the boat ramp is 0.1 mile northwest of the intersection of Cherry Beach Road and Water Street. Wicomico County ADC map 2 C4. Dorchester County ADC map 17 H10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 24, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Nanticoke River. Boat ramp, porta-johns, and picnic tables available. You can launch from the ramp but there is a sandy beach just to the west of it. It is often occupied with picnickers but if it isn't, I suggest launching there instead. Access to the mighty Nanticoke River. There is some beautiful scenery in this area and this is one of my favorite places to explore. Parking for about 30+ vehicles.

    From this launch site, one can paddle downstream and then circumnavigate an unnamed island just west of where Marshyhope Creek flows into the Nanticoke River.

    BLOGS: September 20-21, 2008, June 11, 2016, and August 13, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sharptown Recreation and Parks - Cherry Beach Park
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Cherry Beach
    A Beautiful Eastern Shore Paddle and Visit to a Town with a Secret History
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    Clara RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Clara Road, Tyaskin, Maryland 21865. Wicomico County ADC map 27 G3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Some older maps list this area as the Clara Road Recreational Area. Access to the Wicomico River.

    This is a small beach that holds about three vehicles. No restrooms or any amenities whatsoever. Paddle east up the Wicomico River for 0.8 miles to reach Shiles Creek, which should offer some serene small water paddling for a few miles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico River Stewardship Initiative - Shiles Creek
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    Cove Road BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Cove Road, Bivalve, Maryland 21814. Wicomico County ADC map 17 E12. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Ragged Point Cove and the Nanticoke River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Cove Road Beach
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Cove Road Beach
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Cove Road Beach
    Swim Guide - Cove Road
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    Douglas Nichols ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Cottman Road, 250 feet east of the intersection of Cottman Road and Residential Drive, Eden, Maryland 21822. Wicomico County ADC map 20 G13. Somerset County ADC map C37. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Formerly known as Allen Park. Access to the upper Wicomico Creek.

    No boat ramp or restrooms. This is a public park with parking for about ten vehicles. Not much water so it is best to launch at high tide or after a big rain. It could be a muddy launch. Unforutnately, I don't remember the best place to put in but it isn't a big park so I'm sure you will figure it out. Consider paddling downstream and taking out at Reading Ferry Road.

    BLOGS: May 9-11, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: McEntegart's RV Escapades - Wicomico Creek.
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    Ellis BayOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: On an unnamed road that starts on Muddy Hole Road, 90 feet east of the intersection of Muddy Hole Road and Trinity Church Road. Follow the unnamed road 0.8 mile to the south end. Wicomico County ADC map 27 D2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Muddy Hole Creek in the Ellis Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Ellis Bay WMA
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Ellis Bay WMA
    Wicomico River Stewardship Initiative - Ellis Bay WMA
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    Leonard's Mill ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2848 Leonards Mill Pond Road (north end), Salisbury, Maryland 21801. Leonards Mill Pond Road is sometimes called Leonards Mill Pond Drive. Wicomico County ADC map 7 F7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Leonards Pond, sometimes called Leonards Mill Pond. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Leonard's Mill Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Leonard's Mill Pond
    Maryland DNR - Leonard's Mill Pond
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    Mardela Springs ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Bridge Street just south of the bridge over Barren Creek, Mardela Springs, Maryland 21837. Wicomico County ADC map 4 G8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Barren Creek, a very scenic waterway. Boat ramp, picnic tables, and a grill available. Parking for about 12 vehicles. No restrooms. One can paddle about a mile upstream from the bridge. Though the upstream part meanders by some busy roads, it is still very pretty.

    BLOGS: May 9-11, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Nanticoke - Mardela Springs Boat Ramp
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Mardela Springs Park
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    Nanticoke HarborOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 20411 West Harbor Road, just west of the intersection of Harbor Road and Spring Road/Lane, Nanticoke, Maryland 21840. Wicomico County ADC map 26 D2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-548-4870

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the lower Nanticoke River. Ramp and beach.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Nanticoke Harbor
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Nanticoke Harbor
    Birders Guide to Maryland & DC - Roaring Point & Nanticoke Harbor
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    Riverside Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest side of Riverside Drive, on the north side of (just behind) 540 Riverside Drive, Salisbury, MD 21801. Wicomico County ADC map 12 J11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the upper Wicomico River. Multiple boat ramps. Parking for 40+ vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Riverside Boat Ramp
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    Roaring Point CampgroundOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2360 Nanticoke Wharf Road, Nanticoke, Maryland 21840. Wicomico County ADC map 26 C4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-873-2553

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the lower Nanticoke River near where it merges with the Wicomico River. This site is truly a gem. Open view of the mighty Nanticoke River. Clean restrooms and lots of shade for tent campers. This is mainly a recreational vehicle campground but there are a good number of sites for tents, some very close to the restroom. Hot showers. Picnic tables and fire rings. Firewood for sale. No group camping but it is pretty easy to have a group-like atmosphere if you want to organize a bunch of your friends to join you.

    There is no boat ramp but there is a large beach for launching. Launching only for guests.

    This part of the Nanticoke may not be the most interesting place to paddle but this campground makes for an excellent base of operations. Enjoy a really nice dinnner at Boonies or The Red Roost.

    BLOGS: May 9-11, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Roaring Point Waterfront Campground
    Birders Guide to Maryland & DC - Roaring Point & Nanticoke Harbor
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    Roaring Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Red Hill Lane, Nanticoke, Maryland 21804. Wicomico County ADC map 26 C2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-548-4870

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Lower Nanticoke River. Expect to carry/cart your boat 360 feet from the parking lot down a sandy walking path.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Roaring Point Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Roaring Point Park
    Birders Guide to Maryland & DC - Roaring Point & Nanticoke Harbor
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    Rose StreetOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 400 Rose Street (south side just before the east end), Salisbury, Maryland 21801. Wicomico County ADC map 12 K9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Johnson Pond. I believe this connects to the upper Wicomico River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fish & Hunt Maryland - Johnsons Pond
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    Sandy Hill Family CampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 5752 Sandy Hill Road, Quantico, Maryland 21856. Wicomico County ADC map 9 B12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-873-2471

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Nanticoke River. If you want to paddle on Quantico Creek, this is probably the best launch site. Tent camping and boat ramp available. Launching only for guests.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sandy Hill Family Camp
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    Tyaskin ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4778 Tyaskin Road, Tyaskin, Maryland 21865. Wicomico County ADC map 17 J5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-548-4900

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to lower Wetipquin Creek and the Nanticoke River. Small beach, picnic table, and porta-john. No ramp. Paddle east to go up the scenic Wetipquin or Tyaskin Creeks or paddle west to access the mighty Nanticoke River. Parking for about ten vehicles. Mattie Culver and her husband Ernest M. Larmore gave this property to Wicomico County in 1942 to share the beauty and tranquility of this site.

    BLOGS: September 20-21, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Tyaskin Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Tyaskin Park
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Tyaskin Wharf
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    Webster's CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Dorsey Road, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853. Wicomico County ADC map 27 F6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Some maps call this Mount Vernon. Access to the lower Wicomico River. Boat ramp and parking for 20+ vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico River Stewardship Initiative - Ellis Bay Wildlife Management Area: Scroll down to Mount Vernon Boat Ramp
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    Wetipquin and Route 349Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Nanticoke Road (route 349) just south of the bridge over Wetipquin Creek, Quantico, Maryland 21856. Wicomico County ADC map 18 H6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to upper Wetipquin Creek. Park on the shoulder. No ramp, restroom, or any amenities whatsoever. This is just a bridge commando launch and it can be a bit difficult. I found the southwest side of the bridge easiest to launch though I fell on my ass trying to do so. Though not easy, it is definitely worth it if you're looking for a short, scenic, serene trip and you don't feel like starting from the mouth. If you duck real low, you can paddle under the bridge then go about 0.8 miles upstream from there. About 3.8 miles from the bridge to Wetipquin Park.

    BLOGS: May 9-11, 2008
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    LOCATION: West side of Wetipquin Road just south of the bridge over Wetipquin Creek, Tyaskin, Maryland 21865. Wicomico County ADC map 17 K5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-548-4900

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Wetipquin Creek and the mouth of Tyaskin Creek. Boat ramp and porta-john available. Parking for about 13 vehicles on dirt lot. Very scenic.

    BLOGS: May 9-11, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism - Wetipquin Park
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Wetipquin Boat Ramp
    Paddle the Nanticoke - Wetipquin Paddle
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Wetipquin Park
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    Wikander's Yacht YardOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3180 Windrows Way, Eden, Maryland 21822. Wicomico County ADC map 20 A13. See map.

    PHONE: 443-735-8250

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Wicomico Creek and Back Creek. Pay to use the boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wikander's Yacht Yard
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    I was told from a local that Worcester is pronounced "Wooster."

    This county is home one of my favorite paddling rivers in Maryland, the Pocomoke.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Worcester County - Public Boat Ramps
  • Worcester County Recreation & Parks - Boat Ramps
  • National Park Service - Assateague Island - Kayak Landing Areas - Maryland District
  • Beach-Net - Delaware - Maryland Beach Boat Ramps
  • Salt Chef - Worcester County

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Assateague Island - Bayside DriveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Bayside Drive, Berlin, Maryland 21811. Sources say this place is in Berlin but it is on Assateague Island. Worcester County ADC map 24 B6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-641-1441

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Sinepuxent Bay. Beach launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Assateague Island National Seashore - Kayaking and Canoeing
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Assateague Island: Bayside Drive
    National Park Service - Assateague Island
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    Assateague Island - Old Ferry LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Ferry Landing Road, Berlin, Maryland 21811. Sources say this place is in Berlin but it is on Assateague Island. Worcester County ADC map 24 C7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-641-1441

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Sinepuxent Bay. Beach launch. Parking for 25+ vehicles. Restroom.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Assateague Island National Seashore - Kayaking and Canoeing
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Assateague Island: Old Ferry Landing
    National Park Service - Assateague Island
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    Assateague State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Stephen Decatur Highway (route 611) just west of the Verrazano Bridge, Berlin, Maryland 21811. Worcester County ADC map 17 E12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-641-2918

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Some people call this Assateague Island State Park but it isn't located on the island. Access to Sinepuxent Bay. Boat ramp. Pay to launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Assateague State Park
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Assateague State Park
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    Byrd ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 400 Dighton Avenue, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. I've also seen 303 Ball Park Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863 listed as an address. I believe both will get to to the park. Worcester County ADC map 20 G12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-632-2080

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 30, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the Pocomoke River. Two boat ramps, porta-john, and real restroom available. Water refill station at the east end of the lot closest to the ramp. Picnic tables south of the ramp. This river is a real gem.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Byrd Park
    Just Walk Worcester - Byrd Park
    EFF30 - Pocomoke River - Goat Island / Byrd Park
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    Caribbean DriveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Caribbean Drive, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Worcester County ADC map 5 H9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Assawoman Bay. This sounds like an inconvenient place to launch a kayak:
    A Pass Card is needed to open the automatic gate. There is no on-site parking at this ramp.
    - from Ocean City - Public Boat Ramps in Worcester County

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Caribbean Drive
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    Cedar Hall WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Cedar Hall Wharf Road, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. Worcester County ADC map 38 D3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the lower Pocomoke River. No restroom. Two boat ramps. Parking for about 40 vehicles. Paddle four miles south to Pocomoke Sound.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Cedar Hall Wharf
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    George Island LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of George Island Landing Road (route 366), Stockton, Maryland 21864. Worcester County ADC map 35 C10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Sometimes called George's Island Landing. Access to Parker Bay. Boat ramps and porta-john available. Lot for about 40 vehicles. Directly east is Mills Island.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - George's Island Landing
    Ocean City - Abandoned Eastern Shore: Exploring George Island Landing
    Abandoned Online - George Island Landing
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    Gum PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Gum Point Road, a half mile east of the intersection of Gum Point Road and Race Track Road, Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811. Worcester County ADC map 8 C5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexpxlored

    NOTES: Access to Turville Creek. Restroom, ramp, and parking for about seven vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Gum Point Landing
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    Isle of WightOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 13090 Saint Martins Neck Road, Bishopville, Maryland 21813. Just west of the bend in Saint Martins Neck Road south of Ocean City Expressway (route 90). Worcester County ADC map 5 A12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-632-2144

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Isle of Wight Bay.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Isle of Wight Park
    Worcester County Recreation and Parks - Isle of Wight Park
    Ocean City Maryland - Isle of Wight Park
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    Mason LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast end of Marshall Creek Road, Newark, Maryland 21841. Worcester County ADC map 22 J1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Marshall Creek. Parking for at least eight vehicles, ramp, and restroom.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Mason Landing
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    Nassawango Creek Preserve - Red House RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Red House Road just east of Nassawango Creek and west of Pennewell Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. Worcester County ADC map 19 J10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Nassawango Creek and the Nassawango Creek Nature Conservancy. No restrooms. In my opinion, this is one of the most scenic, natural paddling trips in the state. Due to a low bridge at Nassawango Road, about two miles downstream, only kayaks and canoes are able to reach this area via the Pocomoke River. As of May 2006, one can paddle about 0.3 miles northwest (upstream) of the bridge before running into fallen trees in narrow, circuitous waterways.

    It is about 3.5 miles downstream to the mouth of Nassawango Creek, which connects to the Pocomoke River. Another 2.12 miles southwest (downstream) from the mouth of the Nassawango on the Pocomoke is Shad Landing, which has flush toilets. One can probably hire the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to drive you and your boat to this launch site if you wish to do a one way paddle downstream.

    BLOGS: June 21, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Kayaking Delmarva - Nassawango Creek Serenity
    The Nature Conservancy - Nassawango Creek Preserve
    Delmarva Almanac - Paddling On Nassawango Creek
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    Ocean City - 64th StreetOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 123 Seabay Drive, at the south corner of Seabay Drive and Seabay Drive, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Worcester County ADC map 5 G13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-289-8221

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Assawoman Bay and Isle of Wight Bay. Parking for 30+ vehicles. Two boat ramps. Restroom.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ocean City - 64th Street Boat Ramp
    Ocean City - Public Boat Ramps in Worcester County
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - 64th Street Ramp
    Fish & Hunt Maryland - Assawoman Bay
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - 64th Street Boat Ramp - Ocean City
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    Pocomoke City RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Laurel Street, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. Worcester County ADC map 32 A5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Pocomoke River. Parking for about 30 vehicles. Ramp. No restroom.
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    Pocomoke River Canoe CompanyOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest side of Washington Street (route 12), northwest of the intersection of Washington Street and River Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. Worcester County ADC map 20 H11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-632-3971

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Pocomoke River. Parking lot holds about 40 vehicles. Two porta-johns in parking lot. Floating pier just northeast (upstream) of the building. I don't know who actually owns the pier.

    I've paddled upstream to Porters Crossing Road and have only been able to paddle a half mile further without portage. One can hire the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to drive you and your boat to Porters Crossing Road if you wish to do a one way paddle downstream.
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    Public Landing - Outten RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast side of Outten Road, 200 feet northwest of the intersection of Outten Road and Public Landing Wharf Road, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. Worcester County ADC map 29 D4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Chincoteague Bay. Boat ramp. Gravel parking lot holds about nine vehicles. Extra parking at lot.
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    Pocomoke River State Park - Milburn LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of River Road, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. Worcester County ADC map 26 C9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-632-2566

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Pocomoke River. Parking available for about 50 vehicles. Restrooms, picnic tables, and boat ramp are present. About 22 miles north of Pocomoke Sound.

    There are campsites with water access. This campsite launch area is 0.42 miles upstream of the Milburn Landing ramp.

    BLOGS: June 21, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Pocomoke River State Park
    Delmara Trails & Waterways - Pocomoke River State Park Milburn Landing
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    Pocomoke River State Park - Shad LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Enter campground at 3461 Worcester Highway (route 113), Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. Follow signs to the marina and boat ramp on the northwest side of the campground loop. Worcester County ADC map 27 A5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-632-2566

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Corker's Creek (sometimes called Corkers Creek) and the Pocomoke River. Facing the water, look right to see the mouth of the creek where it enters the Pocomoke River.

    Across from the launch site is an island that you can circumnavigate in only two miles. If you choose to paddle upstream on Corker's Creek, from where it breaks away from the island (heading south), you can paddle about 1.5 miles and get past the Worcester Highway bridge.

    Parking for about 50 vehicles. Canoes, kayaks, and SUPs can be rented near the launch site. This is also a nice area to have a picnic. This site is about 26 miles north of Pocomoke Sound.

    If camping, there is a low pier where one can launch small boats in the Water's Edge campsite area. Sites 86, 87, and 88 provide the best access to this pier on Corker's Creek. My favorite is site 88.

    Corker's Creek is an extremely scenic route.

    BLOGS: July 29, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Pocomoke River State Park
    Maryland DNR - Pocomoke River State Park - Shad Landing Area
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Pocomoke River State Park Shad Landing
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    Porters Crossing RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Porters Crossing Road west of the bridge over the Pocomoke River, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. This is 1.1 miles west of the intersection of Porters Crossing Road and Worcester Highway (route 113). Worcester County ADC map 21 C3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 17, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the upper Pocomoke River. My experience is that there is no parking here or anywhere nearby. This is just a place to do a drop off. So how does one paddle here? I've had non-paddling friends drop me off and then meet me at a downstream launch site. Most people hire the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to drop them off.

    No restroom.

    I've been able to paddle only about a half mile upstream of this site. It is 5.5 miles downstream to Snow Hill.

    In my opinion, the first mile downstream from this site is some of the most scenic paddling you'll find in Maryland.

    BLOGS: Pocomoke Challenge and Chincoteague 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Porter's Crossing
    YouTube - "Paddling Porter's Crossing" - For Worcester County Tourism
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    Shell Mill LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Shell Mill Road, Bishopville, Maryland 21813. Worcester County ADC map 3 J6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Bishopville Prong. Boat ramp and parking for at least 10 vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Shell Mill Landing
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    South PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of South Point Road, Berlin, Maryland 21811. Worcester County ADC map 23 J5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-632-2144

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay. Parking for 15 vehicles. Restroom. Boat ramp(s).

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - South Point
    Ocean City Today - South Point boat ramp bulkhead to be renovated
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - South Point
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    Taylor LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southernmost part of Taylor Landing Road, 0.9 mile southeast of the intersection of Taylor Landing Road and Bayview Road, Girdletree, Maryland 21829. Worcester County ADC map 35 C4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes this is called Taylors Landing. Access to Johnson Bay. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Taylor Landing
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    Truitts LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast end of Truitts Landing Road, Girdletree, Maryland 21829. Worcester County ADC map 28 G13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes called Truitt's Landing. Access to Brockanorton Bay. No amenities. Not much parking.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Truitts Landing
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Truitts Landing and Other Bayside Landings
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    West Ocean CityOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Sunset Avenue, 200 feet east of the intersection of Sunset Avenue and Golf Course Road, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Worcester County ADC map 9 A10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Sinepuxent Bay. Three boat ramps. More parking than you can shake a stick at.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Delmarva Trails & Waterways - West Ocean City - Sunset Avenue
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    Winter QuartersOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Winter Quarters Drive, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851. Worcester County ADC map 32 C2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-957-1333

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 17, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the Pocomoke River. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Boat ramp. No restroom. This site is about 17 miles north of the Pocomoke Sound. Just over a mile upstream is a beautiful stream on the north called Dividing Creek. This is where you want to launch if your goal is to explore this creek.

    BLOGS: Challenge Weekend 2010 and Pocomoke Challenge and Chincoteague 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: City of Pocomoke - Boat Dock Locations
    Kayaking Delmarva - Dividing Creek Cypress Swamp
    Delmarva Trails & Waterways - Winter Quarter Landing
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    Maryland: Western Shore

    Select the that you want to search for launch sites or use the interactive map.

    For an overview of some western shore launch sites, see
  • Patuxent Water Trail
  • Patuxent Water Trail - Water Trail Sites
  • Maryland DNR - Maryland Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground Restricted Water ZonesOpen accordion icon
    Be sure to stay off Aberdeen Proving Ground. Much of this area has unexploded munitions. In some areas, not only must you stay off the land, but you must stay well away from it at ALL times. Don't pass between the buoys with the danger markings and the land. Doing so may get you a heavy fine.

    Many (but not all) of the waters on the Gunpowder River and Bush River along with waters near Pooles Island, Carroll Island, and Spesuite Island are restricted.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: APG Boater's Guide - Restricted Water Zone Surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
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    See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Allegany County FairgroundsOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Public Boat Launch (road) in Allegany County Fairgrounds. Fairgrounds is located at 11490 Moss Avenue, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. Public Boat Launch is located at the southwest side of the fairgrounds. Allegany County ADC map U10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Concrete ramp. No restroom. Access to the North Branch Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Allegany County, the Moutain Side of Maryland - Fairgrounds Boat Access
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Allegany County Fairgrounds Boat Access
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    Bonds LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Bonds Landing Road, Little Orleans/Oldtown, Maryland 21555. Allegany County ADC map VV13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes called Bond's Landing, with the apostophe. 11.2 miles downstream of Paw Paw. 10.5 miles downstream to the mouth of Fifteen Mile Creek at Little Orleans.

    Access to the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Green Ridge State Forest
    Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland - Bond's Landing Boat Access
    American Whitewater - Potomac - Paw Paw Tunnel Campground to Fifteen Mile Creek
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    Fifteen Mile Creek Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 140.9 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Some maps say this is at the south end of Orleans Road while others say it is at the south end of High Germany Road. In Little Orleans, Maryland 21766. Allegany County ADC map XX9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 29, 2007

    NOTES: 10.5 miles downstream of Bonds Landing. 14 parking spaces, porta-john, concrete boat ramp, and campsite.

    Access to Fifteen Mile Creek and the Potomac River.

    BLOGS: July 1, 2007 and July 29, 2007

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Green Ridge State Forest
    National Park Planner - Fifteenmile Creek Boat Ramp
    Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland - Fifteen Mile Creek Boat Access
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    Gary Yoder Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just south of Black Oak Road and slightly east of where Black Oak Road meets McMullen Highway Southwest (highway 220), Rawlings, Maryland 21557. Some maps show Black Oak Road as Gerstell Road. Allegany County ADC map K21. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Formerly known as Black Oak Bottom. Access to the North Branch Potomac River. The site can be muddy in wet weather and there is a gravel road down to the ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland - Black Oak Bottom Boat Access
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Gary Yoder Soft Launch (Formerly Black Oak Bottom)
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    Gene Mason Sports Complex / Mason Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 701 Mason Rec Road, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. Sports complex (park) is located at 351 Mason Rec Road. Boat ramp is located at the south end of the park, at the south side of Terminal Loop. If you can't find any of this on your map, drive to the south end of East Offut Street in Cumberland. Allegany County ADC map W9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-759-6636 Parks and Recreation

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2014

    NOTES: Boat ramp access to the North Branch Potomac River. Restroom on other side of parking lot across from boat ramp. 10.5 miles to Spring Gap. 17.5 miles to Oldtown. In "Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails," Ed Gertler recommends that the water level be at least 334 cubic feet per second and 2.4 gage height feet. One can check the level at Potomac River water level at Cumberland.

    BLOGS: June 30, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wikipedia - Gene Mason Sports Complex
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    McCoole Boat AccessOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: On Westernport Road Southwest (route 135), 380 feet west of where Westernport Road Southwest meets Spring Briar Lane, there is an unnamed road that veers south. Follow this road 0.2 mile to the end. Allegany County ADC map G24. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: No restroom or ramp. Small parking area. Can get muddy. Access to the North Branch Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland - McCoole Boat Access
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - McCoole Boat Access
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    OldtownOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Greenspring Road Southeast at Oldtown Toll Bridge, Oldtown, Maryland 21555. Allegany County ADC map GG16. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2014

    NOTES: Parking for ~15 vehicles at the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath lot. Porta-john. The parking lot may fill up with bicyclists and fishermen.

    Drive down to the water, drop off your boat, park in the lot, and then launch on the North Branch Potomac River via the northeast side of the bridge. The water is about 300 feet from the lot.

    Sometime, I'd like to do the Oldtown to Paw Paw trip.

    BLOGS: June 30, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bike Can Do - Oldtown, Maryland on the C&O Canal Towpath
    River Explorer - Oldtown, Maryland
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    Rocky GapOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Boat ramp and parking at the northwest end of an unnamed road on the west side of Pleasant Valley Road. The unnamed road is 1.2 miles northeast of where Pleasant Valley Road meets Lake Shore Drive, Flintstone, Maryland 21530. Allegany County ADC map EE2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This area is called White Pine.

    There is another place to launch, just across the lake but according to the Park's website,
    Canoe, kayak and SUP board rentals (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day) are available in the day-use area and at the campground beach, for campground users.
    - from Maryland DNR - Rocky Gap State Park - Boating & Fishing

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Rocky Gap
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    Upper Potomac Industrial Park Boat LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near 12140 Upper Potomac Industrial Park Street, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. Allegany County ADC map U8. See map. Not certain of exact location.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Boat ramp with access to the North Branch Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cumberland Times-News - New boat ramp enhances area's outdoor recreation
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    Westernport Boat AccessOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Located on the south side of Front Street (route 135), east of Victory Post Road (route 36), and west of Maryland Avenue, Westernport, Maryland 21562. Allegany County ADC map C21. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Launch onto George's Creek near where it flows into the North Branch Potomac River. No ramp or restroom. Parking for about four vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Westernport soft access
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    Anne Arundel CountyOpen accordion icon
    Anne Arundel County has 533 miles of shoreline, according to Volunteers get the nearly forgotten Franklin State Park ready to open. While it may seem like there are a lot of public launch sites in the county, the truth of the matter is that if you look at the ratio of the number launch sites to the number of miles of shoreline, the resulting value is quite low.

    When there is an entrance fee for an Anne Arundel County regional park, seniors, active-duty military, and veterans with ID can often get in for free.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Cartop Boat Launch Site Guide
  • Patuxent Water Trail - Cartop Boat Launch Site Guide - Anne Arundel County
  • Salt Chef - Anne Arundel County

  • The maps shown below were provided directly from the source or obtained from the Chesapeake Paddlers Association (CPA) Facebook page with the following note:
    ...this is free for your use, just not to be used commercially, per the cartographer's wishes.

    Index map helps put things in perspective.
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 1 - Northwest Section
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 3 - North-Central Section (Marley Neck/Tick Neck)
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 4 - Northeast Section
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 5 - Magothy River
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 6 - East-Central Section (Sandy Point, Greenbury Point)
  • Anne Arundel County Water Trail Map 8 - Upper Severn River
  • Anne Arundel County Water Trail Map 9 - Lower South River to Eastport
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 10 - Upper South River
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 11 West - Rhode Rivers
  • Anne Arundel County Water Trail Map 12 - Franklin Pt. - Deale
  • Anne Arundel Water Trail Map 13 - Southeast Section

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Amos Garrett ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 101 Spa View Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401. Anne Arundel County ADC map 20 H11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-263-7973 (harbormaster)

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: This is a public small boat landing. No restroom or water refill station. Garbage can present. Access to Spa Creek. You can paddle directly across Spa Creek to Truxtun Park and use the restroom there at the top of the hill. When returning from a trip, look for the "Cable Crossing" sign at the north end of the creek. There is no parking lot but you can park along the side of the road in the neighborhood. Launch early so you don't have to carry your boat too far in case there are others also intent on launching. Or, just launch from Truxtun Park. If returning via West Street, when you are in the circle, make the right after the cemetery.

    BLOGS:

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: See Tripping the Tributaries - Amos Garrett Park
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    Beachwood ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8320 Beachwood Park Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122. Anne Arundel County ADC Map 9 D-12. 2009 Anne Arundel County ADC Map 5174 E-4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: 2018

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    NOTES: Some maps spell it "Beechwood." Some refer to the town as Lake Shore instead of Pasadena. Park along the west (right) side of the road before the road turns left. No ramp. As of 2018, there is a porta-john. Walking trails in the park. Carry or cart boats to the water. Access to a pretty calm and narrow stretch of the Magothy River and Beachwood Branch. In this area, the maximum boat speed is only 6 mph so no big wakes. Be sure to pay attention where you launched because things tend to all look the same in this area...at least they do to me.

    Room for about 12 vehicles at the north lot. Launch at a beach near what appears to be an old foundation for a house that was destroyed. Watch for broken glass. Because of the downhill carry for the last 75 feet and all the trees, it is a little awkward carrying a boat longer than 14 feet by yourself.

    If you drive a little further down Beachwood Park Road to the smaller south lot, you'll see an entrance to an easier place to launch though the beach is smaller. Parking for maybe eight vehicles. The trail is a little steep but you won't have to walk as far (~370 feet) or make any tight turns.
    This is one of my favorite places to launch when it is windy because it is so sheltered.

    BLOGS: May 4, 2012, August 8, 2014, September 14, 2014, August 7, 2016, May 19, 2017, May 26, 2017, May 7, 2020, July 23, 2020, September 25, 2021, June 25, 2022, and May 26, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Magothy River Water Trail (as of 2017)
    Anne Arundel County - Beachwood Park
    Pasadena Voice - Improved Beachwood Park Now Open To The Public
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    Beverly Triton Nature ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Park entrance is at 1202 Triton Beach Road, Edgewater Maryland 21037 or 7920 Carvel Lane. Follow boat launch signs to beach. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5537 A9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 24, 2024

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    NOTES: There's an unloading zone 100 feet from the water. Drive in, unload, drive back to the parking lots near the entrance and park. This is a good location to launch if you want to get to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse). Lisa A. was instrumental in getting this site open to the public.

    Porta-john available. Beach launch.

    During the peak season, you will need to reserve a spot via a park pass. There is an entrance fee.

    BLOGS: July 21, 2013 and July 23, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Beverly Triton Nature Park
    Hiking Trails - Beverly Triton Nature Park
    Capital Gazatte - Our Say: Here's a theory on why Anne Arundel signed away a private beach for a song
    Capital Gazette - Private beach in Anne Arundel County to become public after lease expires at end of year
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    Brock Bridge RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Brock Bridge Road, 0.4 mile east of where Brock Bridge Road and Laurel Bowie Road (route 197) intersect, Maryland City, Maryland 20724. Prince George's County ADC map 5169 F9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 17, 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Patuxent River. Note that this road also crosses over the Little Patuxent but not at this launch site so don't go to the wrong place. There is very little room but enough for an average width vehicle on the east side of the bridge on both sides of the road. Room for at least two vehicles. There is a sandy area that makes for an easy launch on the southeast side, about 90 feet from the road. No restroom, ramp, or anything. I highly recommend NOT launching from here as there are numerous fallen trees.

    BLOGS: March 17, 2010
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    Carr Creek MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 338 Halligan Road, Naval Station Annapolis, Maryland 21402. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5417 F3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-293-3731

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: They rent kayaks, canoes, and SUPs. Boat ramp. Access to Carr Creek and the mouth of the Severn River. Check Navy MWR Annapolis - About Us to see if you are eligible to use this facility.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Marinas.com - Carr Creek Marina
    Navy MWR Annapolis - Carr Creek Marina and Mill Creek Pier
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    Carrs WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1001 Carrs Wharf Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037. Anne Arundel County ADC map 25 E13 or map 5536 G8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 27, 2018

    NOTES: Porta-john available. Beach launch. Parking can be scarce early in the morning due to all the fishermen that use this area. Access to the Rhode River. Consider paddling to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) or launching at the SERC ramp.

    BLOGS: July 21, 2013, July 6, 2014, May 10, 2015, and May 23, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Carrs Wharf
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    Chain-O-HillsOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of Chain-O-Hills Road near where Chain-O-Hills Road meets Beach Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5057 E5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: A co-worker of mine by the name of Randy S. told me about this place. He said he launched his kayak here. Access to the upstream section of Marley Creek. If you don't mind launching further downstream, check out Solleys Cove.
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    Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Philip Merrill Environmental CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21403, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5537 F1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 23, 2016

    NOTES: Launch onto the Chesapeake Bay. See CBF - Public Beach Policy. Very limited hours but if you want to paddle out to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse), then this is a great place to launch. If the tide is high enough, you can get to serene Blackwalnut Creek which connects to the Chesapeake Bay.

    BLOGS: September 23, 2016
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    Chesapeake Paddle SportsOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Paradise Marina parking lot. 6124 Drum Point Road, Deale, Maryland 20751. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5772 A7. See map.

    PHONE: 443-221-9732

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 6, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Rockhold Creek. Launch from their floating pier at any time for $7 as of 2022. Put money in lock box just to the right of the ramp that leads down to the pier. If you don't have cash, you can pay via Zelle, PayPal, or Venmo. They do kayak/SUP tours and rentals. Park anywhere not marked for slipholders, marina guests, etc.

    If someone is manning the place, then they can let you into the combo-protected marina restroom. Otherwise, there is no restroom access.

    BLOGS: July 10, 2022 and August 6, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Chesapeake Paddle Sports
    Facebook - Chesapeake Paddle Sports
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    Columbia Beach RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Columbia Beach Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5656 K10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 29, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Chesapeake Bay. No restroom or ramp. There is a nice beach but absolutely no place to legally park. There is no shoulder and if you go off the road, you'll end up in a ditch. The exception is at the south end of the road where there are lots of no parking signs. It is wide because it is a school bus turnaround.

    The beach is part of Franklin Point State Park. There is a ~1/8 mile dirt path that connects the south end of the road to the beach. If the county could make the school bus turnaround area a little bigger, then there would be room for a few vehicles to park. Wishful thinking.
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    Commander John L. Dunning, Jr. USNR (Retired) Memorial Pier at Mill Creek CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Hooper High Road, Naval Station Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland 21402. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5417 H2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-293-3731

    DATE LAST UPDATED: December 25, 2023

    NOTES: This location is also known as Mill Creek Marina. Check Navy MWR Annapolis - About Us to see if you are eligible to use this facility. Boat ramp on the west side and beach launch on the east. Access to Mill Creek. The next closest launch site is Jonas Green Park, Truxtun Park, and Sandy Point State Park, all are about four miles away.

    There are ~18 parking spots but the sign says they are for slip holders and guests. Unless this describes you, I suggest dropping off your boat and then parking 0.3 mile away at Bullard Boulevard.

    There is a porta-john behind a cipher-locked gate. I don't know where the next closest one is.

    BLOGS: December 25, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Marinas.com - MWR CDR John L. Dunning, Jr. Memorial Pier at Mill Creek
    Navy MWR Annapolis - Carr Creek Marina and Mill Creek Pier
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    Cox CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Fort Smallwood Road (route 173) across from Chestnut Cove Drive in Riviera Beach, Maryland. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5058 E3. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 11, 2020

    NOTES: Access to Cox Creek which is a great place to see black-crowned night herons. See notes on Map 3. There is plenty of room for several vehicles to park on the northeast side of the busy Fort Smallwood Road (route 173) and just slightly northwest of Chestnut Cove Drive. I suggest launching on the north side of the drainage area. It is a commando launch but at least there is plenty of parking and you don't have to carry far. No need for a cart and even if you had one, it wouldn't do well in the woods. You may want to bring a lopper and hedge clipper to cut back some of the brush. Be sure to check yourself for ticks afterwards.
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    Davidsonville ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3042 Patuxent River Road, Davidsonville, Maryland 21035. Anne Arundel County map 5534 A1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 25, 2013

    NOTES: Parking for about three vehicles near launch area. Access to the Patuxent River. Long set of stairs lead down to water. There is also a very steep ramp with handrails. No boat ramp or restroom though there might be one somewhere in the park...just not at the launch site. 1.7 miles downstream of Governor Bridge Road. This is site 57 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 25, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Davidsonville Park
    Patuxent Water Trail - Davidsonville Park
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Davidsonville Park
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    Discovery VillageOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4804 Atwell Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5656 J5.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 23, 2020

    NOTES: Boat ramp on west side at this location. Porta-john. Parking for 38 vehicles. There is also a separate kayak launch just east of the boat ramp on the other side of the peninsula at this location. Access to Parish Creek and the mouth of the West River.

    BLOGS: September 23, 2020, September 27, 2020, and September 6, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Discovery Village
    Facebook - Discovery Village
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    Downs ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC map 10 H12 or map 5175 K3.

    PHONE: 410-222-6230

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 1, 2023

    NOTES: They have a nice but small dog beach that gets a lot of use. Take it easy on the speed bumps. They are quite steep.

    My co-worker told me that not so long ago (as of 2012), a body washed ashore. This might be why if you launch here, the staff write down you name, phone number, boat description, vehicle information, and where you are heading. They also say to be back an hour prior to closing. This sounds like overkill to me, but maybe large groups of sea kayakers need this time to get out of the park before closing.

    This is a big, well maintained park with a 3+ mile outer perimeter loop trail that is mostly shaded by trees.


    Bay side: 220 foot carry to beach launch on the Chesapeake Bay at this location. There is also a boat ramp at this location, but I don't know its status. There are restrooms but not in the parking area for the boat launch so catch one of the restrooms on the way in.

    From here, you can paddle 3.8 miles south to Mountain Point, which is the southernmost point of Gibson Island. Getting around this will put you on the east side of the Magothy River. Or, you can paddle 1.4 miles north from the beach to get to Cedar Point. Just watch out for fishermen on the pier. Heading west from Cedar Point will put you on Bodkin Creek. From here, you can see both the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The bay can get pretty rough at Downs Park so be careful. It is five miles to Fort Smallwood Park. Just north of the rip rap is a dog beach.

    BLOGS: June 7, 2012 and May 30, 2014


    Locust Cove: In 2015, a cartop boat launch was added in the park on Bodkin Creek at this location. This is at the north end of Locust Cove Road. Go to the main park entrance and tell the person there that you want to launch from the boat launch on Bodkin Creek. He or she will then direct you to the gate across Pinehurst Road and will open the gate for you. Go through and veer right to get to the launch site at the end of the road.

    It isn't too terribly far from the parking lot to the launch area but if your boat is heavy, you'll want to bring a kayak cart. Parking for 25+ vehicles. Porta-john available. Next to the launch area there are picnic tables. Not too far away is a grill with more picnic tables.

    Access to Wharf Creek and Locust Cove. It can get pretty shallow here at low tide. This area is very built up but you can always pull over for a break at Hancock's Resolution - East take out.

    BLOGS: May 24, 2018, April 25, 2021, and October 1, 2023


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Downs Park
    Hancock's Resolution - a "National Treasure"
    Chesapeake Living - Downs Park Beach
    Wikipedia - Downs Park
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    Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park (formerly Back Creek Nature Park)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7314 Edgewood Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5417 D7 or map 21 B13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: 2020

    NOTES: As of 2020, this place is shared with Capital SUP. Access to Back Creek. Sixty yard carry from parking to pier and ramp.

    If venturing out far, then on return trip, look for water tower to find your way back. The launch site is just southwest of it. This launch site is about 5.5 miles from Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse).
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    Emory LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile marker 42. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5769 J7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7313

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This is a campsite at Emory Waters Nature Preserve, located along the Patuxent River, near the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Proper, very close to Pindell Branch. Look for a large brown sign with a tent symbol on it. This is site 41A on Camp Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Not a launch site, but rather a place to pull over to take a break or camp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Paddle-In Camping
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    Ferry Point Marina Yachtyard (aka Atlantic Marina at Ferry Point)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: 700 Mill Creek Road near the intersection of Mill Creek Road and River Road, Arnold 21012-1128, Anne Arundel County ADC map 15 G6, map 5174 J10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-544-6368

    DATE LAST UPDATED: 2017

    NOTES: Located on Mill Creek on the south side of the Magothy River. Office is open 0900-1700 daily but launching is 24 hour. $15 launch fee. Do not park near the ramp except to load/unload. Insert money in envelope and push through mail slot on office door. Envelopes and pens are on office door.

    Facing the water, the restroom is just right of the restaurant.

    They share a huge parking lot with the Point Crab House and Grill but this lot fills up during popular dining times. You can always park on Mill Creek if needed. If you don't want to pay, you can launch at Spriggs Farm Park which is nearby.

    BLOGS: August 7, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Magothy River Water Trail (as of 2017)
    Atlantic Marinas - Ferry Point Marina
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    Fort Smallwood ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 9500 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC map 10 A2.

    PHONE: 410-222-0087

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 7, 2023

    NOTES: This Anne Arundel County Park should not be confused with Smallwood State Park.

    Be prepared to tell the folks that work there your vehicle information, boat description, route, etc.

    Launching here will put one at the mouth of the "Big" Patapsco River.
    0.6 mile northwest from Rock Point is White Rocks, a unusual location in that there are great big rocks in an otherwise muddy bottom area. They are white from all the bird shit...but the rocks are light in color too.
    Heading southwest for 1.2 miles will give one access to Rock Creek.

    The Fort was named for Major General William Smallwood who was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a former Governor of the state.

    There are porta-johns near both of the below launch sites.


    Beach launch: There is a sandy beach launch on the east side of the park near some historic structures at this location. Parking for 20+ vehicles. Paddling southwest for three miles will give one access to Bodkin Creek. It is five miles to Downs Park.

    BLOGS: June 24, 2012 and May 30, 2014


    Ramp launch: On the southwest side, there is a double ramp at this location with nearly infinite parking. If you want to get to White Rocks, then this is where you want to launch.

    BLOGS: June 7, 2018


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Fort Smallwood Park
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Fort Smallwood Park
    Wikipedia - Fort Smallwood Park
    Fort Wiki - Fort Smallwood
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    Franklin Point State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast end of Dent Road, Churchton, Maryland 20733, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5656 J10. See map.

    PHONE: This land is managed by Sandy Point State Park, 410-974-2149. In case of emergency, call the Natural Resources Police at 410-260-8888.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: January 1, 2018

    NOTES: Porta-john. No ramp. Parking for about 12 vehicles. Too shallow to launch at low tide. Access to Deep Creek (no, not the one in Garrett County)...this one is not deep at all.

    The gate to the launch area is locked but you can request the combination at Maryland DNR - Franklin Point State Park. Once you get past the gate, drive about 0.15 mile on a dirt road and then turn right (southwest) into a small drop-off area to unload your boat. Then move your car to the main lot just outside the gate.

    Make sure you look back and take note of where you launched when you're on the water because the launch area doesn't stand out much when you're returning. I've found lots of snakes in this area.

    BLOGS: August 23, 2015, June 25, 2016, January 1, 2018, July 6, 2019, and April 29, 2022.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Capital Gazette - Jeff Holland: Walking Franklin Point State Park, a little known gem on the Chesapeake Bay
    Bay Journal - Franklin Point's beauty plain as the eye can see
    The Year-Round Charm of Franklin Point State Park
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    GalesvilleOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4847 Riverside Drive, Galesville, Maryland 20765. Anne Arundel County ADC map 30 C8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 27, 2023

    NOTES: This is one of my favorite places to launch...a true Cadillac site and charming town. Great for novices. The main parking lot near the Inn at Pirates Cove has room for about 14 vehicles. The lot fills up quickly on weekends. There is additional parking in a dirt lot just on the other side of Galesville Road. This lot holds 8 vehicles. Porta-john available. Short carry to the small sand and mud beach.

    Several restaurants in the area with outdoor seating. Access to the West River. This is a good place to go if you want to launch at night since there are no signs saying you can't. Grill and picnic table near the launch site.

    Seven miles to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse).

    BLOGS: October 1, 2014, June 26, 2017, September 23, 2020, and August 27, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Galesville Wharf
    Wikipedia - Galesville, Maryland
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    Geisler Point MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7831 Southwest Road, Pasadena 21122, Anne Arundel County ADC map 10 G7 or map 5059 J9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-255-0549

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 18, 2022

    NOTES: This is a small family-run marina on Bodkin Creek with easy access to the Chesapeake Bay. Boat ramp. There is a self-pay box at the marina with instructions. Launch fee is $20. As of early 2022, they are only accepting cash.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Facebook - Geisler Point Marina
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    Green Haven WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7720 Outing Avenue, Pasadena, Maryland 21122. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5058 B7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 14, 2024

    NOTES: There are 13 parking spaces, a large fishing pier, and a beach launch on the west side.

    Access to Stoney Creek (sometimes spelled "Stony Creek").

    No restroom. There is one at Royal Farm on Catherine Avenue and Mountain Road. You'll also find a porta-john at the north end of the parking lot at Havenwood Park, 7923 Outing Avenue, Pasadena, Maryland 21122.

    As of 2024, this place is open dawn to dusk. There is no gate.

    If you go from here to Black Rocks, then to White Rocks, then to Rock Point at Fort Smallwood Park and back, it is about 10 miles. Special thanks to Lisa for telling me about this place.

    If you don't mind paddling a few miles, this is a good place to launch if you want to explore Cox Creek which as of 2018 has a lot of black-crowned night-herons, though I never never found a rookery.

    BLOGS: August 28, 2015, July 6, 2016, May 9, 2018, June 25, 2018, October 1, 2020, and March 14, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Green Haven Wharf
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    Hancock's ResolutionOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2795 Bayside Beach Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5059 J9. It is 2.5 miles off Route 173, Fort Smallwood Road.

    PHONE: 410-255-4048

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 24, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Bodkin Creek and Back Creek. Porta-john on the north side of the historic buildings. Two take-outs are described. I figured that since they were take-outs, they were also good launch sites but this is not true. There is no easy access to a parking lot.


    West take-out: I was told to look for an old stone fireplace next to a huge poplar tree near the shore. The old stone fireplace is about 30 feet east of the trail that leads to the water and very near the water, though I don't think you can see it from the water. The dirt trail meets the beach around this location. Not a bad place to land but I did get a couple of ticks in this area.


    East take-out: One could launch from here but it pretty far from the road, even with a cart. But this does make for a nice rest stop. The Bodkin Creek area is almost totally developed so if you want a nice place to pull over and look around, this and Downs Park are your best options. Instructions say to look for a small mowed trail next to a bamboo stand. That is pretty accurate. It is just northeast of a private pier at this location. If you walk to the historic buildings, one landmark to get back onto the side trail to the take-out is a marker with "10" written on it.


    BLOGS: May 24, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hancock's Resolution
    Hancock's Resolution - a "National Treasure"
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    Homeport Farm ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 11 Homeport Drive, Edgewater, Maryland 21037. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5416 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 6, 2023

    NOTES: Street is sometimes spelled "Home Port." If you're like me and get here from eastbound route 665, you'll have to then drive south on Solomons Island Road (route 2) and then head north at some point. I usually pull into Tarragon Lane and then make a U-turn. But the light to turn left can be lengthy.

    Access to Church Creek and the South River. Porta-johns. Parking for 12+ vehicles and room for more near the barn. It is about a 150 yard carry to the water. It may not be too far but just remember that you have to carry uphill after kayaking to get back to your car so consider bringing a kayak cart. Pay special attention to where you launch as it is easy to miss on the return.
    You'll need a gate combination to access this area. This is a very popular place to launch with meetup groups. The water on Church Creek is protected and fairly clean so it is a great place for beginners to paddle.

    I've seen conflicting information regarding hours. Some say dawn to dusk. Another says it opens at 0700. On July 5, 2020, I was there at 0645 and there were already three other vehicles there so I tend to think it is open at dawn.
    After (or before) paddling, consider visiting the Anne Arundel County Farmers' Market which is only 1.6 miles away.

    BLOGS: June 18, 2017, July 22, 2018, July 5, 2020, August 18, 2020, and March 24, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Homeport Farm Park
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    Horn Point Street End ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: The corner of Chesapeake Avenue and Horn Point Drive in the Eastport area of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County ADC map 5417 D5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 23, 2016

    NOTES: There is a small sandy beach for launching. This place may look like a community beach but it is not. No restroom or boat ramp. Access to the mouth of the Severn River. I suggest stopping at Truxtun Park to use the restroom if you gotta go. This isn't a bad place to launch if you want to go to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse) which is about 5.4 miles away.

    BLOGS: July 15, 2012 and September 23, 2016
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    Jack Creek ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1600 Snug Harbor Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764-9742. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5657 A6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 25, 2024

    NOTES: Access to Jack Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. Porta-john available.

    You need a gate combination to access this location.

    There is a circuit trail that starts at the southeast end of the parking lot near the launch site and follows the shoreline. Total length is about 0.4 mile.

    BLOGS: September 27, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Jack Creek Park
    Capital Gazette - Jeff Holland: You don't know Jack Creek
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    Jonas and Anne Catharine Green ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2001 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (route 450), Annapolis, Maryland 21409. Anne Arundel County ADC map 21 A7 or map 5417 C1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-6141

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 28, 2016

    NOTES: Former called Jonas Green Park. This site is on a peninsula under the Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (route 450) Bridge (aka Naval Academy Bridge). Access to the Severn River. Porta-johns available. There is a sandy beach, ideal for launching, on the upstream (northwest) side of the peninsula.

    Be cautious of fishing lines near the pier. Best to stay very far away from it. If paddling upstream or in Weems Creek, you'll also want to distance yourself from the midshipmen practicing their rowing. They are extremely fast and quiet.

    There used to be kayak and SUP rental at the park. I have not been able to confirm if this is still the case since I cannot reach the website of the company that provides this service as of 2022.

    It is about 12.5 miles to the Bay Bridge and back.

    There are very few public launch sites on the Severn River and this is defnitely the best one, making it both a Cadillac and an oasis launch site.

    BLOGS: July 24, 2011 and August 28, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park
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    Mayo Beach ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4150 Honeysuckle Drive, Edgewater, Maryland 21037. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5537 B8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7313, 443-202-0179 duty ranger

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 6, 2022

    NOTES: Be sure to check the park's website to ensure they are open when you intend to visit. Their hours for the public are not as consistent as most parks. Restroom and showers available. Access to the mouth of the South River, Big Pond, and the Chesapeake Bay. Expect a strong tidal current to get into or out of Big Pond. This is a great place to launch if you want to get to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse which is just over three miles away.

    To access the launch, you will need to
  • Reserve a park pass at Mayo Beach Park Open Days. This is a very popular place with a very nice beach so in the summer, it fills up. To prevent them from having to turn people away, they ask that visitors reserve a pass which will be emailed to them as a PDF file containing a QR code. Present the QR code at the entrance, a ranger will scan it in, and then allow you to enter.
  • Get the combination to unlock the chain across the entrance to the Cartop Launch 2 which is on the left just after you cross the bridge over the entrance to Big Pond. You can obtain this by filling out the Cartop Launch Access form. Or, you can wait until you are at the chain and then scan in the QR code to obtain the combination. There is no Cartop Launch 1.

  • The parking capacity at Cartop Launch 2 is 20 vehicles. If it is raining or muddy, please park in the main gravel lot.

    Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Not sure how this works with the boat launch area. I suppose in the worst case, you can just carry your dog across the sand and then put him/her on your boat.

    If you are unable to reserve a park pass, consider launching about a mile upstream on the Chesapeake Bay at Beverly Triton Nature Park.

    BLOGS: August 6, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Mayo Beach Park - Cartop Boat Launch
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    Patuxent Wetlands Park (Hills Bridge)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1598 Marlboro Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Prince George's County ADC map 27 H4 or Anne Arundel County map 5769 G1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317 or 410-741-9330

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 12, 2023

    NOTES: The website says this place is located at 1426 Mount Zion Marlboro Road but Google Maps says 1598 Marlboro Road. I go with the latter. The phone number is also confusing regarding which to use.

    Sometimes, this site is called Patuxent Wetland Park (no 's' at the end of Wetland). This is my favorite launch site because it isn't too far from home and there is such great scenery. Lots of wildlife. Hand carried boats only. You won't find a place with a shorter carry to the water from the parking lot.

    Lots of fishermen use this site. Sometimes they leave a lot of trash. Don't leave valuables exposed in your vehicle. Supposedly, there are have been break-ins.

    Paddle left (west) 350 feet to get to the Patuxent River. Once on the Patuxent River, go left (south) to get to Jug Bay or right (north) to go upstream. Between this launch site and the Patuxent River, it can be extremely shallow and muddy. Don't launch or return at low tide, if possible. You can also paddle right (east) from the launch site but you won't get far. During summer, this section can be very thick with aquatic vegetation.

    3.2 miles downstream to Jackson's Landing. One thing that makes this place so great is you are not limited by the hours of Patuxent River Park. Open sunrise to sunset.

    Porta-john available. Parking for about five cars in the main area then room for a lot more along the side of the road further out. Access to Patuxent River and Jug Bay.

    This is site 46 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 25, 2013, June 13, 2017, August 20, 2017, September 24, 2017, July 19, 2018, August 5, 2020, September 19, 2020, and October 12, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddleboarding through Nature around Washington, D.C.
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    Pier 7Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: 48 South River Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037. Anne Arundel County ADC map 24 K2 or map 5416 B9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-956-2288

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 23, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the South River, just east of the Solomons Island Road (route 2) bridge. Boat ramp, beach, and restroom available. They used to charge for one time use but in 2022, I was told they no longer do that. If you really want to launch here, you'll have to purchase a marina amenities package that costs $105/month which does not include storage.

    Almost 10 miles around Turkey Point Island and back. 14.5 miles to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse) and back.

    They have paddleboard rentals and classes here.

    I used to launch here frequently when the Chesapeake Paddlers Association met here on Wednesday nights but that ended in 2014 when there were significant changes to the marina that controls this area.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Pier 7 Marina
    Pier 7 Marina - SUP Information
    Capital Gazette - The Catamaran Group buys Pier 7 Marina for $4.5 million
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    Piney OrchardOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Piney Orchard Parkway, about a quarter mile southwest of Sandy Walk Way, Maryland 21113. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5291 C1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 31, 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Little Patuxent River. No parking on the side of the road around the river. Best to drop off the boat then park at the Piney Orchard Nature Preserve, 0.3 miles northeast of the launch site. Signs on the downstream (southeast) side of the bridge state "No trespassing, U.S. property." I did not see signs on the upstream side. Unfortunately, it is easier to launch on the downstream side on the southwest side of the bridge.

    There are no restrooms or ramp. This commando launch is not a good place to put in or take out but there are really very few options if you want to paddle on the Little Patuxent River. I've been told that paddling downstream of this to Crain Highway (Route 3) in Crofton is a real bitch because of all the downfalls but I know paddling from Savage to Piney Orchard is pretty nice except for one major downfall and a few strainers. Make sure to do it when the water is high and avoid going ashore in the Patuxent Research Refuge area because there are unexploded munitions.

    BLOGS: March 31, 2010
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    Quiet Waters ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5416 J10.

    PHONE: 410-222-1777

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 26, 2020

    NOTES: This is the first place I ever paddled in Maryland. They had a place to rent kayaks so that is what I did. I quickly fell in love with kayaking and then purchased my own.

    This is a very nice park. Some might say it is a little too pristine in that it is manicured and maintained to the point of being far from natural.

    There are restrooms, picnic areas, pavillions, trails, and a dog beach on the South River but no beach for humans. If you get in the water at the dog beach, the rangers will yell at you.

    There is no great place to launch at the park but there are two places where people do launch.


    Harness Creek: Park in lot I and then cart your boat a third of a mile on a paved trail to a pier at this location on Harness Creek. There is a kayak/SUP outfitter here but you can also launch your own boat.

    BLOGS: July 26, 2020


    Loden Pond: Park at the southeast end of lot M (near the dog park) and then bushwhack your way 300 feet southwest to this location to launch on Loden Pond. It is a gentle 40 foot drop to the shore. Head straight downhill. This commando launch is a little muddy but doable regardless of tide. I checked this out in July 2020 and found it unsuitable for my taste but I know of at least two hearty people that have launched here. I prefer to cart my boat to the Harness Creek launch, which is 0.75 mile away via boat.


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Quiet Waters Park
    Visit Annapolis - Quiet Waters Park
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    Rams Head DocksideOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1702 Furnace Drive, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5057 F2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-590-2280

    DATE LAST UPDATED: 2020

    NOTES: They have a beach and waterfront dining. I expect they'd be happy to have you paddle in and eat. I've known several kayakers that have. Unfortunately, they do not allow dogs.

    You can't launch here...just land if you are a customer.

    Accessible by Furnace Creek. Closest public launch site is Solleys Cove.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Rams Head Dockside
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    Rose Haven Memorial ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 626 Walnut Road (at the corner of Walnut Road and Albany Avenue), Rose Haven, Maryland 20714. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5888 E4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 5, 2013

    NOTES: This area may be called Holland Point Park or Tracy's Landing. It is a cartop boat launch area. Parking for 4 vehicles but more can fit in the residential neighborhood. No ramp or restroom. Access to Herring Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. This area is very open on the north and east sides so be sure to check the forecast and make sure the conditions are suitable for your skill level. I have found a few shark teeth in this area.

    BLOGS: June 5, 2013, September 12, 2016, and August 31, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Rose Haven Memorial Park
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    Route 3Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: Robert Crain Highway North where route 3 and route 450 overlap in Crofton. Anne Arundel or Prince George's County ADC map 5413 H2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 17, 2010

    NOTES: Just before the bridge over Patuxent River on the northwest side is some concrete rubble that starts a steep path that leads to a trail that goes to the river. This is a great take-out if paddling the upper Patuxent or the Little Patuxent since it is just downstream from where the two merge. No restrooms, ramps, or any amenities. Parking for maybe a dozen vehicles on the shoulder. Finding a spot for your vehicle might be difficult during fishing season. Looking upstream (north), there appears to be quite a few downed trees but looking downstream (south), the river looks wider and clearer. I've never launched or landed here but from what I've heard, you can expect a LOT of portaging.

    BLOGS: March 17, 2010 and March 31, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: To monitor river conditions in this area, see U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Patuxent River near Bowie).
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    Sandy Point State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21409. Anne Arundel County ADC map 22 D8 or map 5296 G8.

    PHONE: 410-974-2149

    DATE LAST UPDATED: 2022

    NOTES: Restrooms available. Access to the Chesapeake Bay. The trip across the Chesapeake Bay to Kent Island is 4.3 miles one way. Extreme caution should be used while crossing the shipping lanes. Expect strong side current.

    The Sandy Point Shoal (lighthouse) is in close proximity to the park.

    There are several boat ramps at the marina on the southwest side which connect to Mezick Pond near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. There is a beach launch on the southeast side.

    A night paddle (probably just from the ramp) may be an option since boaters have 24-hour access year round.

    If you like big, open water paddling, this is the place for you.

    BLOGS: June 30, 2009 and July 22, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Sandy Point State Park - Boating
    Maryland DNR - Sandy Point State Park - Admission & Passes
    Visit Annapolis - Sandy Point State Park
    Wikipedia - Sandy Point State Park
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    Seventh StreetOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West end of 7th Street in Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5057 F2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 28, 2017

    NOTES: Boat ramp available. No restroom. No parking lot but you can park along the side of the street, though there isn't much room. Not sure of the status of this site. It is just the end of a road. There are no signs, gate or chain to indicate restricted access. Not a park. Access to Furnace Creek. A better alternative would be to launch from Solleys Cove.

    BLOGS: June 28, 2017
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    Shady Side ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1355 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5656 H5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 23, 2020

    NOTES: Restroom. No ramp. It is a flat 140 yard carry from the parking lot to the put-in at so wheels are handy. Open sunrise to sunset. Special thanks to Lisa A. for providing me with this information. Access to Parish Creek and the mouth of the West River. A much easier place to launch is Discovery Village.

    BLOGS: September 23, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Shady Side Park
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    Smith's MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 529 Ridgeley Road, Crownsville, Maryland 21032. Anne Arundel County ADC map 14 G11 or map 5293 H4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-923-3444

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 11, 2014

    NOTES: A true oasis launch site. No other public launch site around for several miles. If you want to get to the upper part of the Severn River, this is where you want to launch unless you know someone who has waterfront access or lives in a water access community.

    $20 boat ramp fee. Season passes available. Restroom just west of the upper parking lot. That is where you'll need to move your vehicle after your drop off your watercraft.

    Launch onto Round Bay just west of Saint Helena Island. Round Bay is a big place and it is not easy to figure out where you launched on the return trip so pay special attention to your surroundings when you launch. Better yet, mark the location with a GPS. If you just have a compass, go to the northern tip of Saint Helena Island and then paddle due west. Once you hit the shore, paddle south for about a tenth of a mile and then into Browns Cove where the marina resides.

    This is also the home of Stand Up Paddle Annapolis which does SUP lessons and rentals.

    BLOGS: July 11, 2014 and September 27, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Smith's Marina
    Facebook - Smith's Marina on the Severn River
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    Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: The SERC is located at 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037-0028, the ramp is at the end of Dock Road. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5536 D9. See map.

    PHONE: 443-482-2200

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 10, 2015

    NOTES: Follow signs to the Reed Education Center. Access to Fox Creek, Sellman Creek, and the Rhode River.

    This is really a great place with lots of nature. They have various educational programs and organized kayak/canoe trips. But since their focus is on research and education, and not recreation, they close earlier than what I'd like. Check out their hours.

    Sadly, dogs are not allowed.

    There are two walking trails at the Center: the Discovery Trail and the Java History Trail. One can get in a good 3.5 miles of trail hiking here...another 2.25 miles if you're willing to go to the trail that starts at the Contee Mansion Ruins. In the summer, there are lots of biting flies near the water. Visiting when it is windy might help keep them away.

    From the Dock Road ramp, it is one mile to the fish weir on Muddy Creek. From the fish weir, it is 0.75 mile to the canoe shed. I was told one can paddle upstream another quarter of a mile. Railroad Run at the end of Marsh Walkway makes a nice kayak rest stop on Muddy Creek.

    BLOGS: July 12, 2014, May 10, 2015, and May 23, 2018 (see the if you paddle up Muddy Creek)

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    SERC trail map
    SERC trail information
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    Solleys CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7360 Carbide Road, Curtis Bay, Maryland 21226, just north of the American Legion. Anne Arundel County ADC map 3 H11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 20, 2023

    NOTES: Also known as Solley Cove and Solly Cove. Some maps say it is in Baltimore but it is not. As of June 20, 2021, they have a full sized boat ramp, lots of parking, and porta-john. The dirt road that leads to it was also significantly improved. Thank you Anne Arundel County.

    This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places to launch because there is so much to see. Notice below just how many blogs I've written about this area. You basically have three great options:
  • Paddle upstream on Curtis Creek to the shipwrecks and industrial area.
  • Paddle downstream on Marley Creek to a semi-residential/semi-natural area. At the south end of this creek, past the overpass, is a place where I've spotted several muskrat and other wildlife. I call this place "Muskrat Alley." At high tide, I can make it about a third of a mile upstream of the Arundel Expressway (route 10) which lies at the south end of Marleys Creek.
  • Paddle west on Furnace Creek to a semi-residential/semi-natural area.

  • Don't park near the American Legion building. That is for post members.

    A sign might say the place closes at dusk but it remains open long after. I don't know when or if they actually lock the gate or punish people who are there when they shouldn't be.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2012, May 19, 2013, May 31, 2015, April 18, 2016, June 28, 2017, August 27, 2017, May 7, 2018, September 21, 2018, April 18, 2019, September 8, 2019, May 13, 2020, May 13, 2021, and August 12, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Solleys Cove Park
    Severna Park Voice - Solley Cove Public Boat Ramp Adds Water Access
    Bay Weekly - New Boat Ramp Opens at Solley Cove Park
    Paddling the Curtis Creek Ship Graveyard
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    Spriggs Farm ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 965 Bayberry Drive, Arnold, Maryland 21012. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5175 E1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 9, 2023

    NOTES: Open 0700 to dusk. Porta-john. No ramp. Beach launch. Parking almost unlimited since you can just park on the grass. Access to the Magothy River on the south side near Deep Creek.

    This is the first public water access point on the south shore of the Magothy River. The county bought the old Spriggs Farm for 3.1 million dollars in 2011. The park's 55 acres has meadow, woods, trails, an intermittantly tidal pond and most importantly the only 700 feet of publicly owned shoreline on the south shore of the Magothy.

    You need a lock code to enter the lower park entrance so check out Spriggs Farm Park gate lock combination.

    BLOGS: April 30, 2017, September 21, 2017, May 2, 2020, May 15, 2022, and July 31, 2022.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Spriggs Farm Park
    Facebook - Spriggs Farm Park photos
    Magothy River Water Trail (as of 2017)
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    Stocketts Run South (Ford) CampsiteOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile marker 51. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5534 B9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-7313

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This campsite is located where Stocketts Run flows into the Patuxent River, across from the Queen Anne Canoe Launch. Look for a large brown sign with a tent symbol on it. This is site 51 on Camp Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Not a launch site, but rather a place to pull over to take a break or camp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Paddle-In Camping
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    Stoney Creek Bridge MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 430 Greenland Beach Road, Chestnut Hill Cove, Maryland 21226. Anne Arundel County ADC map 9 E2 or map 5058 F4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-255-5588

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 2023

    NOTES: This place has also been called Stoney Creek Marina. Access to Stoney Creek. Boat ramp and small beach. This area can get very congested with boats on the weekend. As of 2023, it costs ten dollars to launch a kayak from their beach.

    This is a good place to launch if you want to get to Cox Creek but you don't wat to paddle very far or do a commando launch. If you don't mind paddling a couple miles further, put in at Green Haven Wharf.

    BLOGS: September 16, 2022

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Stoney Creek Bridge Marina
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    Sullivan Cove Natural AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At bend in road of Bay Park Way, Severna Park, Maryland 21146. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5174 C10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 2020

    NOTES: This is Anne Arundel County public land. No restroom or ramp. Access to Sullivan Cove and the upper part of the Severn River. This place is sometimes called Sullivans Cove Natural Area. Good parking is scarce. From a pulloff barely big enough for two small vehicles on the south side of Bay Park Way, it is at least 270 feet to the water. Carry to the water from a skinny, flat trail that starts from the only sharp bend on the unpaved Bay Park Way. But as of April 11, 2020, there is a chain across this overgrown entrance and a sign that reads "Private Property." I reported this the following day.

    In October 2020, it was reported that the county cut the chain and removed the "Private Property" sign. Here is what else I was told:
    The 130 feet from the (now paved!!) Bay Park Way to the Severn River has been cleared nicely.... a cake walk. Quite nice (wet as always at high tide, but I literally didn't even touch a reed/branch/briar on the way to and back from the Severn River beach. The trail is a bit narrow still right at the beginning (the sharp bend in Bay Park Way) for a very short distance, but that's actually a good thing, to discourage ATV's, minibikes, etc.

    I asked a local parked by the Severna Park Health Association (see Map 8 inset) whether the one old sign there ("Parking for Health Ctr. only") was enforced for all ~10 spots, and he said he's parked there for many years, never had a ticket or an issue. It's only enforced during a big B&A Rail Trail event, he said.

    Closer parking is of course the 2 or 3 spots on Bay Park Way near the launch. A good parking back-up is the nice spot (by the County Recreation and Parks gate) for 4 or 5 cars, just 180 yds from the river, on Cove View Trail (now also paved except the first part). Two new signs, one on each road, "Park open sunrise to sunset."


    The only other launch site I know of in this area is Smith's Marina. For more information, see Map 8.

    This launch site is still pretty new and unknown. I am hoping that in time, the county puts more money into it, and adds some amenities. Keep your fingers crossed.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore Sun - Saga of Sullivan Cove
    Baltimore Sun - Through the bramble at Sullivan Cove lies a precious environmental resource: a bog
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    LOCATION: 3890 Thomas Point Road, Annapolis 21403. Anne Arundel County ADC map 26 D9 and map 5537 F5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-1777

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: If you want to get to Thomas Point Shoal (lighthouse), then you won't find anyplace closer than this...it is only 1.2 miles away. The problem is that is isn't really a launch site. That isn't to say that you can't launch here but doing so could be very difficult because the park is surrounded by rip rap. If launching is your goal, plan your trip around low tide and look for areas where sand is exposed below the rip rap. Not sure what parking is like so you might have to carry/cart your boat for a good distance. If you don't mind launching from rip rap, then avoid the fishing lines and put in at the easternmost point.

    There might be a good place to put in on the northwest side facing Fishing Creek.

    This location makes a much better rest stop than a put-in. While paddling with a group, we found a sandy area on the south side near low tide that made for a nice break area.

    This park is on the north side of the mouth of the South River.

    Depeding on the time of year, you may need a pass to enter. Passes can be purchased from Anne Arundel County - Thomas Point Park.

    BLOGS: June 23, 2007
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    Tri-State Marine Bait and TackleOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 485 Deale Road (route 256) at the corner of Deale Road and Matthews Road, Deale, Maryland 20751. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5772 A6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-876-2398

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Tri-State Marine has two locations in Deale. The other one is at 5861 Deale Churchton Road and does not have a boat ramp. So don't go there unless you want to buy a boat.

    As of 2022, it costs $20 to use their boat ramp. Boat ramp access only when the store is open. If a floating dock will suffice for launching, then consider launching at Chesapeake Paddle Sports.

    Access to Rockhold Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Tri-State Marine Bait & Tackle, Fuel Dock, Marina, and Public Boat Ramp
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    Truxtun ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. I've found that this address plugged into my GPS will get me close to where I want to be but not quite there. Best to use 300 Truxtun Park Road, which is the address of the Truxtun Skate Park. If you want actual directions, go to where Hilltop Lane and Primrose Lane intersect, then turn north on Primrose Lane. At the split, veer left onto Truxtun Park Road and follow to the end. Anne Arundel County ADC map 20 J12 or map 5417 A5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-263-7958

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 28, 2016

    NOTES: Boat ramp, beach launch, restroom, and pavillion.

    Sometimes this place is spelled "Truxton" and sometimes the word "Heights" is included in the name. You can drop off your boat and gear near the water but you'll have to move your vehicle to the parking lot uphill, near the restroom and skate park. Lots of people launch with boat trailers. I try to leave the big parking spaces for them.

    Access to Spa Creek which is pretty clean. When returning from a trip, look for the "Cable Crossing" sign at the south end of the creek. Fee for vehicles with trailers. This is probably the best place in my area for beginners because is somewhat sheltered from the wind and waves, power boats have a slow speed limit, and if you fall in, the water isn't very dirty. I've seen kayaks and SUPs for rent there.

    At a kayak fishing blog, someone reported seeing
    ...large signs in several spots indicating that kayaking and paddle boarding was prohibited. The impetus for this blockage is an electrical problem that leaked current into the waters near the boat ramp.
    While I understand the public health reason for keeping people away from water contact sports if there is electrical current, I am quite frustrated since this problem was first noted in August 2021. The City has been unable or unwilling to find and fix the problem. In any case, don't waste your time driving to Truxtun Park in hopes of launching your kayak.


    Signs posted at Truxtun Park beach and boat launch. "Warning Potential Shock Hazard - electrical currents may be present in the water" and "No Swimming." Truxtun Park beach has been closed since last summer after an electrical current was discovered in the water. The boat ramp is open but people aren't allowed to swim.
    The public beach at Annapolis Truxtun Park will remain closed for the foreseeable future as electricians continue to search for the source of electrical current in the water that was first felt last summer, officials said.

    Capital Gazette - Annapolis Truxtun Park beach remains closed as electrical current issue persists from March 2022

    There is a $10 fee to use the ramp, payable via the ParkMobile phone app.

    BLOGS: October 10, 2012, July 18, 2014, August 28, 2016, September 16, 2018, July 4, 2021, and March 22, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Annapolis, Maryland - Boat Ramps
    Truxtun Park Map
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    Tucker StreetOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest end of Tucker Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5416 K2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-263-7973 harbormaster, 410-263-7958 city of Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2012

    NOTES: Access to Weems Creek. Boat ramp. No restroom. According to Baltimore Sun - Annapolis City Council approves Tucker Street boat ramp regulations from April 27, 2021:
    By a vote of 7-2, the council approved O-5-21 and a handful of amendments allowing only Annapolis and Anne Arundel residents to access the Tucker Street Boat ramp with an approved permit. The adjacent beach will still be open to anyone without a permit.

    So what do you need a permit for? Everything I've read indicates this is only for boat trailers. The Capital Gazette - Annapolis City Council approves Tucker Street boat ramp regulations says
    An annual boat trailer permit for the Tucker Street launch is currently $25, according to the city's proposed fiscal 2022 fee schedule.
    while City of Annapolis - Boat Ramp Annual Permit Application says
    The permit must be displayed on the tongue of the boat trailer.

    There is some parking in the immediate area and considerable parking on Tucker Street just east of Monterey Avenue. Special thanks to the late Geoff U. for introducing me to this site.

    BLOGS: July 28, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Annapolis, Maryland - Boat Ramps
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    Turkey Point MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1107 Turkey Point Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5536 J6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-798-1369

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 2022

    NOTES: Access to the lower part of the South River, Selby Bay, and Ramsey Lake. As of March 2022, they charge $40 for any boat to be launched on their ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Turkey Point Marina & Yacht Club
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    Valley RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Valley Road and Rock Hill Road in Riviera Beach, Maryland. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5058 G8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 11, 2020

    NOTES: Rock Creek in Anne Arundel County has always remained elusive...especially the upper part. Valley Road continues across Rock Hill Road and ends at the water. There is a chain that prevents vehicles from getting to the water but one can easily walk around it. This narrow stretch is supposedly public land. It may look like a community beach but this road provides access to utilities and a sewage pumping station.

    Steep, 250' paved carry to the water.

    No restroom.

    Park at Northeast High School (if school is not in session) or, better yet, the Riviera Beach library. Either is a 500 yard walk to water. It is a lovely place to launch or just hang out and enjoy the view but expect to get the stink eye from residents. Unfortunately, the streets here are pretty narrow so there isn't any good place to park that is closer.
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    Weinberg ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1543 Fairview Beach Road or 582-598 River View Road, Pasadena, Maryland 21122. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5059 B6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-0088 or 410-222-7317

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 26, 2018

    NOTES: Sometimes spelled "Weinburg Park." The full name is "Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Park." No ramp or restrooms. Launch from a beach on the north side.

    Access to the mouth of Rock Creek.

    I parked at Honolulu Lane and Fairview Beach Road. Parking for ~6. A locked chain kept me from driving north on Honolulu Lane towards water. It was a very long walk. Fairview Beach Road and Dauses Lane might be better access in that it would be a shorter walk to the water. In either case, Fort Smallwood Park is far better than either. It is only 1.5 miles away via car or 0.75 via kayak.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anne Arundel County - Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Park
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    Wootons Landing Wetland ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4550 Sands Road Road, Harwood, Maryland 20776. Anne Arundel County ADC map 5654 A3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-222-8006

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 12, 2023

    NOTES: The place may be spelled "Wooten's," "Wootens," or "Wooton's." The river is 200 yards from the parking lot. You can drive down to the river, unload cartop boats and equipment, and then park in the parking lot. There is a nice aluminum pier. One can also launch 3.8 miles upstream at the Queen Anne Canoe Launch.

    This is site on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    No restroom.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Wootons Landing Wetland Park
    Anne Arundel County - Wootons Landing Park
    Patuxent Water Trail - Wootons Landing Wetland Park
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    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Baltimore County Boat Ramps
  • Salt Chef - Baltimore County

  • See map for all launch sites in the city and county.

    Anchor Bay East MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8500 Cove Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Baltimore City and County ADC map 45 A7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-284-1044

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: As of 2022, their website says
    Unload boat from trailer, launch - $8.00.

    Access to Bear Creek and Lynch Cove. Small watercraft can launch for free just across Lynch Cove at Inverness Park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Anchor Bay East Marina
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    Baltimore Boating CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2015 Turkey Point Road, Essex, Maryland 21221. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 B12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-687-2000

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Sue Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore Boating Center
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    Beacon Light MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 825 Bowleys Quarters Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 E7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-335-6200

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Seneca Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Beacon Light Marina
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    Bowerman's MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 11045 Bowerman Road, White Marsh, Maryland 21162. Baltimore City and County ADC map 30 E10. See map.

    PHONE: 443-473-5956, 410-804-5206, or 410-335-8756, not sure which is correct

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Bird River. I spoke to someone in 2002 that said I could pay to launch. Not sure about the status of this marina anymore.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Marinas.com - Bowerman's Marina
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    Bowley's on the BayOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 800 Chester Road (west end), Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 D8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-335-8613

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2022

    BLOGS: July 27, 2022

    NOTES: Access to Frog Mortar Creek. In 2022, an employee said that I could launch my kayak from the northwest side of the beach at their restaurant. This is the side where customers might watch but they don't typically sit, so kayakers aren't taking up customer space. While I wasn't told so, I think it is only ethical that one order food/drink shortly before or after launching.

    They ask that while we are paddling, we move our vehicles further from the building so that the better spots can be taken by dining customers. There is no restroom outside but the staff were fine with me using their restroom...I said that I was doing to eat dinner after paddling, which I did. They were fine with Daphne (my dog) joining me outside on their beach for dinner. The food was pretty good.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bowleys on the Bay
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    Broening ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2801 South Hanover Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21225. Baltimore City and County ADC map 43 B6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 11, 2024

    NOTES: This is a filthy place but I have launched here more than almost any other place because it is so convenient from home and work for me. It is a good place to launch if you want to see Fort McHenry. Paddling to the northwest end of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and back is about ten miles.

    Access to Middle Branch, Patapsco River, and where the "Little" Patapsco River becomes the "Big" Patapsco River.

    Two boat ramps, no restroom, and tons of parking.

    BLOGS: June 4, 2011, September 11, 2012, September 4, 2013, August 26, 2016, June 21, 2017, April 23, 2018, October 19, 2018, May 31, 2021, and May 11, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Biking routes - Broening Park
    Fleet Week Baltimore, Past and Present
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    Canton Waterfront ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3001 Boston Street, just east of the Korean War Memorial, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. Baltimore City and County ADC map 43 J2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-396-7931

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 7, 2023

    NOTES: This is the best place to launch to paddle in the Baltimore Inner Harbor or Northwest Harbor, or to get near Fort McHenry. Boat ramp available. Restrooms near boat ramp that are usually open.

    Boat ramps may be slippery. Expects lots of broken glass and other litter.

    The parking lot tends to be poorly maintained. If this lot is filled, you can pay and park at the big parking lot on the west side of South Clinton Street, just south of Boston Street. Park at the northernmost end as close to South Clinton Street as possible and then carry or cart your boat to the ramp. This is very inconvenient.

    To get home, I drive east on Boston Street until I see signs for highway 95 south. But it is a little tricky because it is a right exit and there is another right exit just before it that takes you someplace else.

    BLOGS: June 4, 2011, September 11, 2013, October 14, 2016, October 14, 2017, June 12, 2018, October 4, 2018, October 31, 2018, July 20, 2022, September 9, 2022, June 25, 2023, July 8, 2023, and March 3, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks - Canton Waterfront Park
    Facebook - Canton Waterfront Park
    Fleet Week Baltimore, Past and Present
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    Cox's Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 820 Riverside Drive, Essex, Maryland 21221. Baltimore City and County ADC map 37 D13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Boat ramp available. Launch from the west side of the peninsula. Public restrooms available. Access to Back River. Duck Creek, and Deep Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Essex-Stembridge Recreation and Parks Council - Cox's Point Park
    Baltimore County - Cox's Point Park
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    Dundee Creek MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7400 Graces Quarters Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220; Gunpowder Falls State Park. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 K2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-592-2897, 410-335-9390 (marina store)

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 8, 2021

    NOTES: There is a launch fee if you use the boat ramps but if you launch at the sandy area with the "car top boat launch" sign, you can avoid the fee. Restrooms available. Snacks for sale at the marina building.

    Kayak and SUP rentals available. Access to Dundee Creek.

    Aquatic vegetation here can be thick from mid-June to mid-September.

    See Aberdeen Proving Ground warning.

    BLOGS: August 8, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Gunpowder Falls State Park - Dundee Creek Marina
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    Ferry Bar ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At the south end of West Peninsula Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Baltimore City and County ADC map ADC map 43 C6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored from land

    NOTES: Beach launch. No ramp. Popular fishing spot. Located at the peninsular where Middle Branch Patapsco River meets Ferry Bar Channel on the "Big" Patapsco River. Just across from Broening Park, where I prefer to put in, just because it is closer to home.
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    Fort Armistead ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Fort Armistead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21226. Baltimore City and County ADC map 44 F10. Anne Arundel County ADC map 4940 E7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-396-7931, Baltimore City Bureau of Parks Administration

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 7, 2023

    NOTES: Boat ramp. No restrooms.

    If driving southeast on Hawkins Point Road and turning left (east) to get to Fort Armistead Road, you will need to make a very unintuitive right to do so. I believe this is called a "Jersey left." Fort Armistead Road is a really crappy road (especially at the railroad track where you'll want to slow to a crawl) so drive cautiously.

    This is a terrible park but it has a great potential because there are some really significant historic relics here. The problem is that the city has made almost no attempt to do anything except let this place fall into ruin.

    Limited parking in the lower lot near the ramp. Lots of parking in the upper lot.

    Stay far away from the north shore and pier to avoid lines from fishermen.

    Access to the "Big" Patapsco River. Tons of parking. The closest restroom is Royal Farms.

    If you want to get up close and personal with Fort Carroll, this is the best place to launch.

    BLOGS: July 18, 2014, February 20, 2017, April 23, 2019, and October 21, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wikipedia - Fort Armistead
    WYPR - What's The Story With Fort Armistead Park?
    The Baltimore Sun - Not an inviting place for a walk in the park
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    Gun RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Gun Road, just southwest of where Gun Road meets Park Entrance Road in Patapsco Valley State Park. Baltimore City and County or Howard County ADC map 4937 E4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-461-5005

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Ed Gertler says there will be at most easy class I rapids. But I would advise to be cautious of strainers. Paddling after a good rain when the water is higher than normal is recommended. But even after a good rain, it will most likely be too low in the summer or polluted with runoff. Check out Patapsco River water level at Hollofield. Gertler says 150 cubic feet per second (2.0 feet) is minimum.

    Gertler writes that paddling "almost anytime during normal winter or spring" should be fine. The tide might help, at least in the second half of the trip, though tide tables aren't all that useful since the closest area for which data is available is closer to where the "Little" Patapsco River becomes the "Big" Patapsco River. Still, some data is better than none.

    Since I haven't launched here, I don't know what side of the river or bridge is best to put in. Not sure of the best place to park but the closest lot is at the Visitor Center and the next best is the Avalon Area.

    Entrance fee.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Patapsco Valley State Park - Avalon/Orange Grove/Glen Artney Historic Sites
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    Gunpowder River - Hammerman AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7200 Graces Quarters Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 39 B4.

    PHONE: 410-335-3461, 410-592-2897

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: This area features a 1,500 foot beach and swimming area on the banks of the Gunpowder River. It is part of Gunpowder Falls State Park. Entrance fee.

    Restrooms available.

    Boat ramp at map. Be careful driving down the road to the ramp since it is only wide enough for one car but cars can drive either direction. Access to the Gunpowder River and Cunninghill Cove.

    Small watercraft lessons and rentals available through Eastern Watersports at map. Access to the Gunpowder River.

    If you plan to launch from the beach (see map), plan to carry your boat about 0.15 mile from the parking lot to the water. It used to be that beach 1 and 2 were for swimming only (I assume that is still the case) so plan to put in at one of the others. This a very popular place in the summer so plan to arrive early.

    See Aberdeen Proving Ground warning.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Gunpowder Falls State Park: Hammerman Area
    Chesapeake Living - Gunpowder Falls Hammerman Beach
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    Hart-Miller Island State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Essex, Maryland 21221. Baltimore City and County ADC map 46 H6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-477-0757

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 2016

    NOTES: Also known as Hart Miller (without the hyphen), Hart-Miller Island is a 1,100-acre island on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of Middle River. It is only accessible by personal boat.

    This island offers kayak camping. Deciding where to launch is the biggest concern. It can be accessed from Rocky Point Park, North Point State Park, or Island View Waterfront Cafe. Not sure which offer overnight parking.

    Restroom available.

    The South Cell of the park is open May 1st to September 30th, Thursday through Monday 1100-1600. There are 5+ miles of hiking and biking trails with bike rentals available on the island. But one must check in at the ranger station at the east end of the beach (39.252789, -76.371230) before walking in the South Cell. See map one, map two.
    The South Cell portion of the island is currently being maintained as a state park with hiking, swimming, fishing, biking, wildlife and bird watching opportunities, as well as history and interpretive sign displays. The area hosts a truly remarkable concentration of species, made possible by the creation and management of a completely artificial habitat complex, including mudflats, shallow wetlands, and open water.
    Due to its unique location and diverse wildlife habitats, the South Cell has sustained a healthy bird population. The area is an essential stop-over for spring and fall migrations, providing birds with stable food and shelter.

    - from sign at park

    BLOGS: July 17, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Hart-Miller Island State Park
    Enjoy Baltimore County - Hart-Miller Island State Park
    Prop Talk - Hike and Bike Hart Miller Island's South Cell
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    Inverness ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2025 Inverness Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Baltimore City and County ADC map 44 K6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Also known as Inverness Waterfront Park and West Inverness Park. Boat ramp and restroom available. Access to Bear Creek and Lynch Cove.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Inverness Park
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    Island View Waterfront CafeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2542 Island View Road, Essex, Maryland 21221. Baltimore City and County ADC map 46 D4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-687-9799

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 6, 2010

    NOTES: You can pay to launch. I was told from another kayaker that you can launch for free if you eat there. Access to Browns Creek. This place is very near the mouth of the Back River and Hart Miller Island.

    Pull up near the restaurant to drop off your boat. Just be sure to move it to the open area across the street before you start paddling. There is a broken up boat ramp about 75 feet behind the restaurant for launching.

    Some of the local kayak clubs meet there.

    This place also rents kayaks.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Island View Waterfront Cafe
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    Jaws MarineOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 6100 Chemical Road, Baltimore/Curtis Bay, Maryland 21226. Baltimore City and County ADC map 43 insert B13 or Anne Arundel County ADC map 4939 J6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-354-9100

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 16, 2024

    NOTES: Boat ramp. Pay at the main building with the high ceiling. As of 2024, it costs $25 to launch. Access to Curtis Creek. This location will put you within stone's throw range of the Curtis Creek shipwrecks. You can park by the launch site off to the side. Restroom available.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2012, June 12, 2018, and April 16, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddling the Curtis Creek Ship Graveyard
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    Loch Raven Fishing CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 12101 Dulaney Valley Road, Phoenix, Maryland 21131. Baltimore City and County map 19 J8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-887-7692

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Prettyboy Reservoir. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Loch Raven Fishing Center
    Loch Raven - Boating
    Prettyboy Reservoir - Boating
    Baltimore City Department of Public Works - Reservoirs
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    Marshy Point Nature CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7130 Marshy Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220; Baltimore City and County ADC map 30 H3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-887-2817

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 5, 2021

    NOTES: No fee to launch. Access to Dundee Creek. It is about a 550 foot carry/cart from the boat drop-off area to the floating pier at the end of the fixed pier.

    Aquatic vegetation here can be thick from mid-June to mid-September.

    Be sure to check out their paddle and hiking trails.

    BLOGS: August 8, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Marshy Point Nature Center
    Paddleboarding through Nature in the Baltimore Area
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    Maryland MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3501 Red Rose Farm Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-335-8722

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Pay to launch at the boat ramp. Access to Frog Mortar Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Marina
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    Merritt Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Dunmanway, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Sometimes the address is listed as 7800 Dunmanway Extended, and other times it is 7710 Dunmanway. Baltimore City and County ADC map 44 H7. There is a double paved ramp for trailered boats at map and a soft launch at map.

    PHONE: 410-887-7155

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 24, 2023

    NOTES: Porta-john near double paved ramp and regular restroom near the playground. Lots of big, open grassy areas and picnic tables. Access to Bullneck Creek and Bear Creek. Parking for 50+ vehicles near the double paved ramp and room for 32 at the soft launch.

    BLOGS: May 24, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Merritt Point Park
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    Miami Beach ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4001 Bay Drive (at Miami Beach Road and Bay Drive), Middle River/Bowleys Quarters, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 H10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-887-2282

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Pay to launch. Beach for swimming. Restrooms, lockers, showers, and a snack bar. Kayaks and stand up paddle boards are available to rent. Access to the Chesapeake Bay.

    BLOGS: August 23, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Miami Beach Park
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    Middle Branch ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3301 Waterview Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Baltimore City and County ADC map 43 A6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-396-3840

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Restrooms next to building or slightly east near playground. Access to Middle Branch and Patapsco River. The area under highway 395 is very shallow. Gwynns Falls is extremely polluted.

    Launch from floating pier behind Baltimore Rowing and Water Resource Center building.

    Due to the distance required to carry the boat to the water from the parking lot, I much prefer to launch from Broening Park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore City - Department of Recreation & Parks - Middle Branch Park
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    North Point State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8400 North Point Road, Edgemere, Maryland 21219. Baltimore City and County ADC map 46 K9.

    PHONE: 410-477-0757 (office), 410-592-2897 (headquarters), or 1-800-825-PARK for emergencies

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 14, 2022

    NOTES: Access to a very exposed part of the Chesapeake Bay. No ramp. Many picnic tables.

    Entrance fee for Maryland residents but free for military and veterans. Porta-johns. No boat ramp.

    The road ends at parking lot B. But instead of entering parking lot B, turn right and head towards the Takos Visitor Center. You will come to a sign that says "do not enter" or see orange cones blocking the road. Back in 2006, the park staff I spoke to didn't mind if I just continued to the end of the road near the visitor center to unload or load my boat, but I suggest calling to confirm before doing so. The road will end at the beach you can only drive up to a gate at the visitor center. Unload your boat then park in parking lot B.

    A less convenient option is to park at in parking lot B and cart your boat to the beach. It is about 500 feet from the lot so you'll definitely want a cart, preferrably one with inflatable tires because the path isn't totally flat.

    Just to the south of the beach is a long pier/penninsula. Stay well away from this since it is likely to have many fishermen with lines in the water.

    Regular restrooms and drinking fountain at visitor center though they might be closed and turned off in the off-season. If this is the case, there will be porta-johns somewhere and a water refill station near parking lot B. Look for the handicapped parking area. Near this there is a wheelchair ramp. Between the end of the ramp and the observation tower is a pinic table and a water refill station.

    If you prefer a more natural, calm water area, try paddling west to Shallow Creek. Just don't do so at low tide. There's a reason it has that name.

    You can also paddle northeast to the concrete barges and then go beyond that to Black Marsh Natural Area.

    Consider a combination kayak/bicycling/hiking day at North Point State Park. In addition to kayaking, bring a bicycle and bike to the various trails which connect to Bay Shore Road in the park and also bike outside the park for about a mile on the North Point Spur (39.227020, -76.430814) which is closed to vehicles. There are also about 2.4 miles of hiking trails in the park.

    After a long day, try out the Bay Shore Bar and Grille which is just outside the park, on the right as you leave. Let me know how you like it. Never been there myself but you can't beat the location after a hard day of paddling.

    From the park, paddlers can test their skills and endurance by seeing if they can get to all the Craighill Channel lighthouses, something I call the Craighill Challenge. Yes, I did it. Distances shown below are from the beach near the Takos Visitor Center at the park.
  • Craighill Channel Lower Rear Lighthouse: To the northeast, 2.3 miles away, on the southwest side of Pleasure Island.
  • Craighill Channel Lower Front Lighthouse: To the southeast, in the Chesapeake Bay, 2.1 miles away.
  • Craighill Channel Upper Front Lighthouse: To the southwest, 1.9 miles away.
  • Craighill Channel Upper Rear Lighthouse: Northwest of Craighill Channel Upper Front Lighthouse, about 3.5 miles away, in Old Road Bay.

  • BLOGS: May 16, 2020 and June 27, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - North Point State Park
    Paddleboarding through Nature in the Baltimore Area
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    Oella - Lot AOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Parking lot just north of 6 Oella Avenue, Oella, Maryland 21043. Baltimore City and County ADC map 40 F4.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 28, 2016

    NOTES: This historic town just east of Historic Ellicott City provides access to the Patapsco River. Ed Gertler says there is quite a bit of whitewater from Old Frederick Road just north of highway 70 (Hollofield area) down to Frederick Road (route 144) at Historic Ellicott City and Oella. Downstream from Oella, things should be easier for awhile. From what I've seen, this section south of Oella isn't extremely difficult but it isn't exactly easy either. A long sea kayak may not give you the maneuverability you desire. But there is quite a bit of flat water with just a few riffles between Oella and Thistle Road, a 2.1 mile stretch. You might want to portage around the Thistle Road dam area unless you have whitewater skills. Please keep in mind that my comments are based on what I've read and seen while scouting on foot. As of February 2016, I haven't paddled any of this.

    One big reason to launch from Oella is to paddle up the mill race that flows under Historic Ellicott City. You'll paddle under roads and buildings. Unfortunately, you won't get far...maybe an eighth of a mile. The race empties into the Patapsco River just a few feet south (downstream) of Main Street on the west (Howard County) side. You can see it easily from the bridge that connects Main Street and Frederick Road (route 144).

    Launch area east of Lot A will put you as close as you can get to the mill race but on the opposite side of the river (Baltmore County) and slightly upstream. Park at Lot A. It fills up quickly on nice weekends. Then just walk across Oella Avenue and launch. No restroom or ramp.

    BLOGS: February 28, 2016
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    Pleasure IslandOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest of Hart-Miller Island in Edgemere, Maryland 21219. Baltimore City and County ADC map 46 E10. See map.

    PHONE: Same as Hart-Miller Island State Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 17, 2016

    NOTES: Only accessible by personal boat.

    There are nice beaches on the southeast side of the island. From here, you will have a nice view of the Craighill Channel Lower Rear Lighthouse.

    This island offers kayak camping. It is part of Hart-Miller Island State Park. Deciding where to launch is the biggest concern. It can be accessed from Rocky Point Park, North Point State Park, or Island View Waterfront Cafe. Not sure which offer overnight parking. For non-campers, the island closes at sunset.

    BLOGS: July 17, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Same as Hart-Miller Island State Park.
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    Porter's Seneca MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 918 Seneca Park Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 38 D6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-335-6563

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Pay $10 to launch at boat ramp as of 2022. There is a box by the restrooms for the money if the office is closed. Access to Seneca Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Porter's Seneca Marina
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    Prettyboy ReservoirOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Spooks Hill Road, 0.2 mile south of where it meets Kidds Schoolhouse Road, Hampstead, Maryland 21074. Baltimore City and County map 2 D13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-795-6150 Natural Resources

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Prettyboy Reservoir. Boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Prettyboy Reservoir - Boating
    Baltimore City Department of Public Works - Reservoirs
    Paddling - Prettyboy Reservoir in Maryland
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    Rocky Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2200 Rocky Point Road, Essex, Maryland 21221. Baltimore City and County ADC map 46 C7.

    PHONE: 410-887-2818

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 30, 2016

    NOTES: The park ramp is open year round. Pay to enter.

    Immediately upon entering the park, you can turn right to get to the inner boat ramp or drive to the end of the road to access the outer boat ramp.

    Small boats can be launched from the beach on the west side of the park in areas not marked for swimming. Expect to carry/cart your boat about 200 feet to the water.

    Restrooms are near the beach.

    Access to Back River and Hawk Cove. Also access to Hart Miller Island and Pleasure Island. The water can get rough on the Chesapeake Bay (east) side in this area.

    BLOGS: June 30, 2016, July 17, 2016, and June 27, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Rocky Point Beach and Park
    Baltimore County - Rocky Point Beach and Park - Kayak Share Program

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    LOCATION: 3939 Klunk Drive, Brooklyn, Maryland 21225. Baltimore City and County ADC map 43 A10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 14, 2023

    NOTES: Boat ramp, built around 2001. Porta-john. Parking for 50+ vehicles. Access to the "Little" Patapsco River which flows through Patapsco Valley State Park and enters into the "Big" Patapsco River about a mile downstream.

    If paddling down the Little Patapsco River, beware of fishing lines and crab net lines that hang from Hanover Street, Potee Street, and Patapsco Avenue. Also watch for fishing lines from the shore.

    Paddling up the Little Patapsco River is scenic and natural although paddling gets difficult once crossing under highway 695 due to water depth (too shallow). It is three miles to highway 695 (the fifth bridge from the launch area if heading upstream).

    One mile downstream to Potee Steet near the mouth.

    There is also a nice 0.6 mile long wooded trail in the park.

    The park itself is open sunrise to sunset and during scheduled evening events. Note the location of the gate in case you want to park on the outer side of it to avoid getting locked in. As of 2024, here are the ramp hours.

    BLOGS: March 11, 2009, June 3, 2011, September 29, 2017, April 13, 2018, May 3, 2020, August 5, 2020, May 14, 2023, and March 8, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Southwest Area Park
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    Turner Station ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 23 Rayme Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Baltimore City and County ADC map 44 H9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 25, 2016

    NOTES: Boat ramps and porta-john. Access to Peach Orchard Creek and Bear Creek.

    BLOGS: September 25, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Turner Station Park
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    Watersedge ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8820 Bullneck Rd, Dundalk, Maryland 21222. Baltimore City and County ADC map 44 K8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-887-7134

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: No boat ramp. Small beach area to launch kayak. Access to Bear Creek. Parking for about 20 near the basketball court. Launch area is just east of the basketball court.

    BLOGS: May 24, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Watersedge Park
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    Wilson Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 950 Beech Avenue, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore City and County ADC map 37 K7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Two boat ramps available. Access to Dark Head Creek and Middle River.

    BLOGS: August 23, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore County - Wilson Point Park
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    WoodstockOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Old Court Road (route 125) just north of the bridge over the Patapsco River, Woodstock, Maryland 21163. Baltimore City and County and Howard County ADC maps 4695 A7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-461-5005

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 25, 2018

    NOTES: Drop off your boat in front of the trailhead gate at drop-off and then park along the side of the road which has wide shoulders.

    You'll need a kayak cart, preferrably one with inflatable tires because the terrain to the water isn't flat. Launch under the bridge about a tenth of a mile from the trailhead.

    BLOGS: April 20, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Woodstock
    Spring Peeper Paddle on the Patapsco
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    Calvert CountyOpen accordion icon
    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Calvert County - Water Access
  • Calvert County - Water Trails
  • Choose Calvert - Boat Ramps and Launches
  • Calvert Nature Society - Water Access
  • Salt Chef - Calvert County

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Bayfront Park / Brownie's BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Brownie's (sometimes Brownies) Beach Road and Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County ADC map 4 G13. Park at map. Launch from beach at map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 30, 2016

    NOTES: As of 2022, this park is closed to the public. It is only for town residents. If this changes, please let me know.

    Only park in the parking lot or you might get towed. You'll want a cart to take your boat to the beach since it is about 1000 feet away but the road to it is paved so non-inflatable tires will suffice. I don't think you can drive to it.

    The beach launch is near the south end of the Boardwalk. Prior to the park being closed to the public, there was an entrance fee of up to $18 for non-Calvert County residents but only Memorial Day through Labor Day. The lot can easily fill up on a nice day so get there early during the warmer months.

    Access to the Chesapeake Bay.

    There are shark's teeth here but it is a very popular place so unless you go right after a big storm, or at exceptionally low tide don't expect to find much. As of 2020, most of the places along the cliffs have been closed off because it has been deemed a safety hazard. Still, that doesn't keep folks from looking there.

    Consider dining at Traders Seafood Steak and Ale. Their fish and chips with the sweet potato fries are very good.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Bayfront Park (Brownie's Beach)
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    Breezy Point MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 5230 Breezy Point Road, Breezy Point / Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732; Calvert County ADC map 7 K11. See map.

    PHONE: 443-968-8346

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 4, 2017

    NOTES: This is a true oasis launch site. No other places to launch for miles around.

    Double boat ramp, lots of parking, and restrooms at 38.619917, -76.514972.

    Access to the Chesapeake Bay and Plum Point Creek. The latter is scenic and you can paddle up it about 0.7 mile.

    As of 2019, it costs $15 to use their boat ramp. I paid by putting money in a box on the north side of the building at 38.619580, -76.514422. This ramp is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They do not lock their front gate.

    There is a nice little convenience store along the way called Breezy Point Market at 38.62629884146634, -76.533823344372. The marina also has a little store but I've never been in it.

    If you want to get up really early, consider camping at the adjacent Breezy Point Beach and Campground which is a popular place for beach-goers in the summer. But it is also known for having shark teeth just waiting to be found. Dogs are not allowed there. See Sharks Teeth at Breezy Point. Just a quarter of a mile south is Plum Point which also has shark teeth. This is easily one of my favorite launch sites because of all the fossils in the area. But be forewarned that if you paddle here, you will be very exposed to open water. It doesn't take much wind to kick up waves so make sure you have the proper skills and safety gear.

    BLOGS: August 10, 2014, June 26, 2016, September 9, 2016, July 4, 2017, May 20, 2018, July 13, 2019, May 25, 2020, July 25, 2020, August 22, 2020, July 23, 2021, and July 10, 2022.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Breezy Point Marina
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    Flag Ponds Nature ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, Maryland 20657. Calvert County ADC map 16 H3.

    PHONE: 410-586-1477

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 9, 2018

    NOTES: The park has a few short but scenic trails that lead to a beach known for harboring prehistoric shark teeth. At the visitor center, there are restrooms, soda machines, and a water fountain. Trail maps available at the entrance but you may have to ask for one. The park has numerous boardwalks, bay and pond views, and beach access. Lots of paw paw trees.

    This place is very popular on nice summer weekends and the parking lot may fill up so have a backup plan.

    There are fossils along the water. You can find some shark teeth but coral is much more plentiful. As of 2021, there is a sign that tells folks not to venture towards the nuclear power plant. Unfortunately, that is where all the best fossils are. You can find shark teeth north at Matoaka Beach or south at Calvert Cliffs State Park.

    If you want to launch a kayak/SUP, expect to do a lot of walking...at least 1.7 miles for the full trip.
  • Drive down to the handicapped parking area and drop off your boat. You'll have to open the vehicle gate to do this.
  • Park in one of the regular parking lots. Lot 1A is the closest, which is 0.3 mile from the handicapped parking area.
  • Walk 0.3 mile back down to your boat and then cart it a quarter of a mile to the beach. There is a restroom just before you get to the beach. Carting your boat over the last 180 feet will be extremely difficult because of the sand.

  • The whole launch procedure is extremely cumbersome but there really isn't anyplace else to put in, which makes this an oasis site. If you put in here, I suggest making it a long paddling trip. Otherwise the inconvenience of launching won't make it worthwhile. But those with inflatables or folding boats will probably find the process more streamlined.

    BLOGS: August 16, 2014 and July 19, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Flag Ponds Park
    Calvert County - Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Calvert Nature Society - Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Chesapeake Living - Flag Ponds Nature Park Beach
    Sunshine Whispers - Discover the Hidden Treasure that is Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Hall Creek Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4555 Ferry Landing Road, Dunkirk, Maryland 20754. Calvert County ADC map 2 C8. Prince George's County ADC map 35 A10 or map 5885 K8.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: This launch site is the closest site I known of to Hall Creek, which is quite scenic and natural. I've been told this area also has quite a few trails but since it is primarily a hunting area and not a hiking area, I suspect these trails are not particularly interesting or scenic. It does appear, however, that one of these trails leads to a small public beach about 300 feet south of the launch site. This area began operating as a ferry in 1788. A Calvert County law guarantees public access.

    No restrooms. This hunting area has a small parking lot at Ferry Landing. Between that and the circle, there is room for about 12 vehicles. The parking lot connects to a dirt walking trail that leads to a beach. Be sure to wear insect repellent if wearing open toed shoes or shorts. I've caught a deer tick in this area.

    Walk on this trail pulling your boat on a kayak cart. The trail will branch to the right. Stay on the main part. A short distance ahead, it will again branch to the right. This branch will clearly head downhill. You should be able to see the water from the split in the trail. Follow this second branch downhill and launch at the bottom where it meets the Patuxent River at 38.704611, -76.694222.

    This location is a third of a mile from the parking lot to the water. The dirt road may be bumpy due to tree roots so a kayak cart with inflatable tires is best.

    Paddle south (left) for 1.45 miles to reach the mouth of Hall Creek. This creek meanders east for 3.5 miles before it gets narrow or fallen trees may make continuing difficult. There is a good chance you will see bald eagles in this area.

    Upon returning, look for the stumps in the water from where a pier used to be. Where you launched is just south of this. Check out my map.

    BLOGS: September 30, 2012 and May 30, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Hall Creek NRMA map
    AllTrails - Hall Creek Trails
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    Hallowing PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 6904 Hallowing Lane, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678. Calvert County ADC map 8 A4. See map.

    PHONE: 443-510-9920

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Two boat ramps. Parking for about 20 vehicles. Porta-john. Launch kayak from beach area near ramp. Access to the Patuxent River. Facing the river, left (south) is downstream while right (north) is upstream.

    This is a good place to launch if you want to explore Hunting Creek.

    Launching from Clyde Watson Boating Area (Magruders Ferry), it is 20 miles to Hallowing Point if you don't explore the tributaries.

    BLOGS: September 17, 2006

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Hallowing Point Waterfront Park
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Hallowing Point boat ramps
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    Jefferson Patterson Park and MuseumOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 10515 Mackall Road, Saint Leonard, Maryland 20685. Calvert County ADC map 15 K11.

    PHONE: 410-586-8501

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 24, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the lower Patuxent River and the mouth of Saint Leonard Creek. Parking for six in nearest lot to launch area. There is also other parking further away. Drive down the narrow road to drop off your boat at the beach and then return to park in one of the lots. This will allow you to put in at the north beach launch. No ramp.

    While I haven't investigated it, I suspect you may also be able to put in at Petersons Point beach launch which would allow you to launch as close as 50 feet from where you park.

    Restroom at the visitor center but the visitor center hours are more limited than the park's hours. Supposedly there are also other restrooms (porta-johns?) in the park. Check out my map. If you're caught there after the park closes, pull up to the gate and it will let you out automatically.

    Interesting place if you like archaeology. No fee. This would probably be a great place for skating because the pavement is so smooth.

    This is site 10 on Points of Interest along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 24, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Department of Planning - Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
    National Park Service - Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
    Wikipedia - Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
    Patuxent Water Trail - Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum soft access (North)
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    Kings Landing ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, Maryland 20639. Calvert County ADC map 5 E9. See map.

    PHONE: 410-535-2661

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 16, 2018

    NOTES: Open seven days a week. The park is well staffed and they enforce the rules. Free entry. Access to the Patuxent River. There are short, wooded trails and a public swimming pool. Two porta-johns near launch area. Also a real restroom near the pool. You will need to manually open/close the unlocked gate to access the launch area.

    Almost due west is Black Swamp Creek. Two thirds of a mile upstream to the scenic Cocktown Creek on the east side of the Patuxent River. Three miles upstream to Lower Marlboro Wharf/Pier. 1.6 miles upstream to Clyde Watson Boating Area (Magruders Ferry).

    BLOGS: June 16, 2018 and July 27, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Calvert County - Kings Landing Park
    Calvert Nature Society - Kings Landing Park
    Calvert County - Facilities - Kings Landing Park
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    Lower Marlboro Wharf/PierOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4000 Lower Marlboro Road, Owings, Maryland 20736. Calvert County ADC map 5 D4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-535-5327

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 28, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the Patuxent River. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Fixed fishing pier and floating pier for launching. Parking for about eight. No restroom. Three miles downstream to Kings Landing. 1.3 miles downstream to Clyde Watson Boating Area (Magruders Ferry). One mile downstream to the scenic Tyverne Creek.

    BLOGS: July 27, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Calvert Parks - Water Access at Lower Marlboro Wharf
    Calvert County - Lower Marlboro Wharf
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    Lynwood T. Kellam Memorial Recreation Park / Rod N' Reel Marina WestOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4055 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732. Calvert County ADC map 4 F10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-257-2230 Town Hall

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 3, 2023

    NOTES: Some sources list the street as Gordon Stinnett Boulevard rather than Avenue. Big water slides are a nearby landmark that are hard to miss.

    As of 2023, a sign by the ramp says
    Public Boat Ramps are owned and operated by the Town of Chesapeake Beach with support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. There is NO fee for State of Maryland residents that have their trailer and boat registered in Maryland to access the ramps. Out of state boat or trailer must pay through the box.
    I don't believe "boat" applies to kayaks or SUPs since Maryland doesn't have registration for kayaks and SUPs.
    Access to Fishing Creek which is scenic and natural but best seen from a SUP because of all the bay grasses. Best to go at high tide, but even at low tide, you should be able to get 2.5 miles upstream. There are some nice tributaries to explore. Great route for beginners. The last time I visited, there was a place to rent kayaks, SUPs, and bicycles but the link for that website is broke as of 2022.

    This is also a great place to launch if you want to look for shark teeth out along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Just be forewarned that if you paddle in the bay, you will be very exposed to open water. It doesn't take much wind to kick up waves so make sure you have the proper skills and safety gear.

    You'll find public restrooms at the Northeast Community Center at 38.691544225781456, -76.53577568557175. There is also a locker room and showers. You don't have to pay or be a member to use these.

    There is a double ramp on both the east and west sides. There is also a floating dock for kayaks on the west side. I know the east side is publicly owned.

    Consider dining at Traders Seafood Steak and Ale. Their fish and chips with the sweet potato fries are very good.

    BLOGS: May 14, 2017, July 12, 2020, and November 3, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Rod N' Reel Marina West (Kellam's Park) boat ramps
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    Nan's CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8081 Broomes Island Road, Broomes Island, Maryland 20615. Calvert County ADC map 15 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-535-5327

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Parking for six. Floating dock. Access to Nan's Cove and the Patuxent River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    Calvert County - Nan's Cove
    Calvert Nature Society - Nan's Cove
    The Patuxent Water Trail - Nan's Cove
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Nan's Cove soft access
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    North BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just east of the North Beach Welcome Center at 9023 Bay Avenue, North Beach, Maryland 20714. Calvert County ADC map 4 G7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-286-3799

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: No ramp. Supposedly, one can rent kayaks here. Access to the Chesapeake Bay.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: North Beach
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - North Beach Public Beach
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    Parkers Creek / Warriors RestOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North end of Scientists Cliffs Road, Port Republic, Maryland 20676. Calvert County ADC map 10 J12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-414-3400 American Chestnut Land Trust

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 14, 2021

    NOTES: There is no public launch site anywhere near Parkers Creek. If you do launch here, it will be through an organized event with the American Chestnut Land Trust. They will have you meet at Warriors Rest and then walk or drive down to the launch area.

    Access to the Chesapeake Bay and the lovely Parkers Creek. This is an oasis launch site.

    BLOGS: November 13, 2011, August 10, 2014, September 28, 2019, and August 14, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Parkers Creek - the Chesapeake Bay in Miniature
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    SolomonsOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 14195 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, Maryland 20688. Calvert County ADC map 18 G11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-326-3899 boat ramp, 410-535-5327 general information

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the lower Patuxent River. There is no launch fee for kayaks, canoes, or similar watercraft if they use the designated launch area for hand-carried boats and do not block access to the boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Calvert County - Solomons Boat Ramp and Fishing Pier
    Patuxent Water Trail - Solomons Island Public Boat Ramp
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    Carroll CountyOpen accordion icon
    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Carroll County - Water Trails - About Pipe Creek Water Trails
  • Carroll County Times - Carroll County to build new boating launch sites as part of 28 miles of 'water trails'

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Double Pipe Creek ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7577 Middleburg Road (route 77), Detour, Maryland 21757. Some maps may show the road as Rocky Ridge Road or the town as Keymar. The launch area is just south of the route 77 bridge where it meets Keysville Road. Carroll County ADC map 8 F12 or Frederick County ADC map 9 G11. See map.

    PHONE: 410-386-2103 Carroll County Recreation and Parks

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Double Pipe Creek. Extremely shallow. Only attempt to paddle after a very heavy rain. Even then, you're probably better off launching at Millers Bridge, just 1.2 miles away. Parking for 12 vehicles. Steps lead down to the water. 1.2 miles downstream, the creek connects to the Monocacy River. No boat ramp or porta-john.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Carroll County - Double Pipe Creek Park map
    Wikipedia - Double Pipe Creek
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    Hapes Mill RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Somewhere near where Hapes Mill Road passes near Double Pipe Creek Road in Taneytown, Maryland 21787. Carroll County ADC map 9 H10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-386-2103 Carroll County Recreation and Parks

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Double Pipe Creek. Soft launch area at grade with 3-5 car parking area, approximately 25 feet from roadside parking. Overflow parking available opposite Hapes Mill Bridge. Ten miles upstream from the Double Pipe Creek Park launch.

    One source mentioned this site is permanently closed. In July 2022, I contacted Carroll County Recreation and Parks and they confirmed it is open. Satellite photos provide very little information so its exact location as I have indicated is questionable.
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    Liberty Reservoir - Boat Dock RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Boat Dock Road. Carroll County ADC map 31 B10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-795-6150 for questions about access, 410-795-6151 Natural Resources

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Boat ramp access to Liberty Reservoir.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Liberty Reservoir
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    Liberty Reservoir - Service RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Service Road. Carroll County ADC map 31 B10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-795-6150 for questions about access, 410-795-6151 Natural Resources

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Boat ramp access to Liberty Reservoir.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Liberty Reservoir
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    Piney Run ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, Maryland 21784. Carroll County ADC map 29 H10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-795-3274 general questions, 410-795-6385 boat rental, 410-795-5165 office

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 9, 2020

    NOTES: Access to Piney Run Lake. Entrance fee but free for military and veterans. Clean, well-maintained park with nice hiking trails. Rental boats available. Two paved boat ramps and restrooms. There is also a beach launch just to the west of the ramps though that might be just for rental boats.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Carroll County - Piney Run Park
    Carroll County - Piney Run Park - Boating and Boat Rentals
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    Charles CountyOpen accordion icon
    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Charles County Recreation and Parks - Boat Launches
  • Charles County - Water Trails
  • Salt Chef - Charles County

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Benedict Community ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: On the southwest side of the Patuxent River (aka Benedict) Bridge. This is just off Prince Frederick Road (route 231), Benedict, Maryland 20612. Charles County ADC map 21 J3 or K9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Paved double ramp. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Use drop box to pay launch fee. This site is poorly maintained but suitable for a kayak launch. Beware of fishing lines. Access to the lower Patuxent River. Facing the river, right (south) is downstream while left (north) is upstream. To avoid the fee, drive about five minutes east to launch at Hallowing Point.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Benedict Community Park
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    Chapel Point State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Pisces Road (sometimes spelled "Pices") near Deep Point off Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677. Charles County ADC map 25 G4. See map.

    PHONE: 301-743-7613

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Porta-john. Long dirt road on Pices Lane. Parking for about 12 vehicles in two dirt lots. No paved ramp. May be hard to find if landing. Access to the Port Tobacco River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Chapel Point State Park
    Charles County - Water Trails
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    Friendship LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest end of Friendship Landing Road, just past 4715 Friendship Landing Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland 20662; Charles County ADC map 23 J24. See map.

    PHONE: 301-932-3470

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 21, 2021

    NOTES: Porta-john. Paved ramps and floating soft launch. One can also launch a kayak from an area to the right of the ramp. Parking for about 16 vehicles. A vehicle without a boat trailer can also park just up the hill on the north side of the road at the lot for Friendship Trail. Access to Nanjemoy Creek and Hill Top Fork.

    BLOGS: September 22, 2007, July 13, 2008, and March 21, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Charles County - Friendship Farm Park - Friendship Landing
    Charles County - Water Trails
    Hiking Trails - Friendship Farm Park: This is 0.2 mile up the road
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    Gilbert Run ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall, Maryland 20622. Charles County ADC map 28 C1. See map.

    PHONE: 301-932-1083

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Wheatley Lake / Wheatley Reservoir. Boat ramp. Canoe and kayak rental available. Electric motors only.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Charles County - Gilbert Run Park
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    Goose BayOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At end of Goose Bay Lane, 9365 Goose Bay Lane, Welcome, Maryland 20693. Charles County ADC map 25 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-932-0885

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Pay to launch from the ramp at Goose Bay Marina and Campgroud. Access to Goose Creek, lower Port Tobacco River, and the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Goose Bay Marina and Campground
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    Hatton CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 13135 Hatton Creek Road (northeast end of Hatton Creek Road), Newburg, Maryland 20664. Charles County ADC map 37 C8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Ramp. Access to Hatton Creek and the Wicomico River on the western shore...not to be confused with the river of the same name on the eastern shore.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Charles County Recreation and Parks - Boat Launches
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    Mallows Bay LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy, Maryland 20662. Charles County ADC map 22 B5. See map.

    PHONE: 301-932-3470

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 20, 2019

    NOTES: Older maps may show this as the John C. Wilson launch. Provides access to Mallows Bay at Liverpool Point. Boat ramp and small beach area next to the ramp. Porta-johns near the big parking lot that holds at least 30 vehicles. A true Cadillac site.

    Mallows Bay is famous for being a ship graveyard. This being the case, there is a lot of debris that could easily damage a kayak. So if you visit, bring a boat that can take some abuse and paddle slowly near the wrecks. The wrecks are mostly submerged at high tide so visit at low tide. I don't recommend bringing a SUP here...too dangerous unless you plan to sit when you're near the wrecks. Definitely don't put anything inflatable in the water.

    This is also a good place to paddle if you want to look for shark teeth in the Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area.

    To learn about this area, read the book The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay.

    BLOGS: September 23, 2007, June 12, 2011, June 21, 2014, and March 20, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This is probably one of the most well documented areas that you can paddle. I can't possibly list all the links to relevant information about this place but here are a few.
    Paddlers Guide to Mallows Bay
    Charles County - Mallows Bay Park
    Wikipedia - Mallows Bay
    National Marine Sanctuaries - Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
    Maryland DNR - Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
    Chesapeake Conservancy - Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
    Foraging and Fossiling in Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area
    Atlantic Kayak - Guided Kayak Tours of Mallows Bay
    Charles County - Water Trails
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    Marshall Hall LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest end of Marshall Hall Road (route 227) in Piscataway Park, Maryland 20607. Charles County ADC map 1 G4. See map.

    PHONE: 301-932-3470

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Parking for at least 50 vehicles. Two boat ramps. No restroom. Access to the Potomac River. Area can get busy with fishing boat launches. Consider launching at Farmington Landing, which is nearby.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Marshall Hall Landing Boat Ramp
    National Park Service - Piscataway Park - History of Marshall Hall
    National Park Planner - Piscataway Park - Marshall Hall
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    Mason Springs ConservancyOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just east of Hawthorne Road (route 225) and south of Livingston Road (route 224), Pisgah, Maryland 20640. Charles County ADC map 7 D8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-260-8880

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 1, 2020

    NOTES: This is a great place to put in if you want to explore the most upstream sections of the creek. Very little information exists about this site or organization. I just happened to come across it while studying satellite photos. There is parking for about nine vehicles. Access to the headwaters of Mattawoman Creek.

    No ramp, beach, or restroom. 300 foot carry on dirt path from parking lot to launch area. Drive slowly into parking lot because the steep road is in disrepair. It is easy to bottom out if you're not careful. Expect minor portaging if paddling downstream at low tide or if it hasn't rained for awhile.

    BLOGS: August 1, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Washington Times - Sweet Spot Saved by Mason Springs Conservancy
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Mattawoman Natural Environmental Area
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    Mattingly Park/Slavins LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 108 Mattingly Avenue, Indian Head, Maryland 20640. Charles County ADC map 6 H8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-743-5511

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 29, 2018

    NOTES: As of July 2018, there is no fee to launch here. Access to Mattawoman Creek. This creek is very scenic and natural as you paddle upstream. It is also a good place to see lotus flowers. Porta-johns, picnic table, and boat ramp available. Parking for about 15 vehicles. If there is a lack of parking, I was told by a law enforcement officer that beyond the parking lot for trailers is a residential neighborhood where people can park along the street. Just make sure not to take the paved "mini-inlets" on the west side of Mattingly Avenue since these are for the residents on the opposite side of the street.

    Kayaks can be rented at this location through Atlantic Kayak.

    BLOGS: September 21, 2007, July 29, 2018, and September 6, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Mattingly Park
    Paddling Mattawoman Creek, "Where One Goes Pleasantly"
    Charles County - Water Trails
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    Maxwell Hall ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 6680 Maxwell Drive, Hughesville, Maryland 20637. Charles County ADC map 21 G6 or Prince George's County ADC map 6237 J6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-932-3470, Charles County Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2019

    NOTES: Located on the Patuxent River. Bicycles prohibited. 14.2 miles of trails as of 2019. This place caters to equestrians so the trails tend to be wide. Dogs need to be leashed to keep them from spooking the horses. Blue trail leads to a small beach near the paddle-in campsite. No drinking fountains. Porta-john available.

    This is site 23 on Camp Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Not a launch site, just a campsite. There is no parking lot nearby.

    BLOGS: July 27, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Maxwell Hall Park
    Charles County - Maxwell Hall Park
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    Port Tobacco MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7610 Shirley Boulevard, Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677. Charles County ADC map 16 H12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-392-0007

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Pay to launch on the upper part of Port Tobacco River. Boat ramp and restroom available. Satellite photos indicate there are a lot of narrow waterways in this area that could be fun to explore.
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    Port Tobacco Road (route 6)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: Port Tobacco Road (route 6), just north of Maryland Point Road. Charles County ADC map 23 B13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010.

    NOTES: Access to Nanjemoy Creek. No amenities. This is just a place off the road, not a formal launch site or even a good one. Definitely a commando launch. If you do put in here, it is best to launch on the southeast side of the bridge (downstream). Right under the bridge are some mud covered sandbags that are extremely slippery. Trust me, I fell on my ass there. Just a bit downstream of that is a path that leads to a more secure launch area. From here, you can't go very far upstream but you can paddle about 6 miles to Friendship Landing then continue further to explore the much wider section of Nanjemoy Creek. Launching from Port Tobacco Road and paddling downstream is extremely scenic.

    Since it has been so long since I've been here, I suggest using Friendship Landing as a backup in case this doesn't work out.

    BLOGS: September 22, 2007
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    Purse / Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area (WMA)Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: 10124 Riverside Road (route 224) will get you close, Nanjemoy, Maryland 20662. Charles County ADC map 22 D11. See map.

    PHONE: Natural Resources Police 410-260-8888, 800-628-9944

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 8, 2021

    NOTES: This used to be a state park but it was eventually merged with the Nanjemoy WMA. But I don't adapt to change so I still call it Purse State Park sometimes. A lot of others do to.

    No restroom. The closest are the porta-johns at Mallows Bay.

    The beach here provides access to the Potomac River, three miles south of Mallows Bay. It is a great place to launch if you have an inflatable or folding boat.

    Park at the southernmost lot on Najemoy Map. That will give you the shortest path to the beach, which is about a third of a mile. For those without an inflatable or folding boat, I HIGHLY recommend you bring a kayak cart with inflatable tires. It is a downhill carry to the river at Wades Bay. If you have the endurance, it is probably easier to launch further north at Mallows Bay and then paddle to this location.

    There are lots of fossils here and it is a great place to look at low tide. At high tide, the beach might not be there. There are also plenty of places (less popular so probably more fossils) to look further north at Douglas Point though one will have to walk much further to get from the parking lot to the beach.

    BLOGS: September 23, 2007, June 21, 2014, and August 20, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Douglas Point Recreation Area
    Maryland DNR - Nanjemoy WMA
    Oh Ranger - Purse State Park
    Charles County - Water Trails
    Foraging and Fossiling in Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area
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    Smallwood State Park / Sweden PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, Maryland 20658. Charles County ADC map 14 D3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-743-7336 park, 301-743-7613 marina

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: This park has a marina, boat launching ramps, a nature trail, and a campground. This park is not the same as Fort Smallwood Park which is located in Anne Arundel County.

    Provides access to Mattawoman Creek. This creek is very scenic and natural as you paddle upstream.

    Porta-johns, several boat ramps, and parking for more vehicles than you can shake a stick at. Launch fee but none if you're camping.

    BLOGS: September 21, 2007 and June 12, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Smallwood State Park
    Maryland DNR - Smallwood State Park - Sweden Point Marina
    Maryland State Parks - Smallwood State Park
    Charles County - Water Trails
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    Frederick CountyOpen accordion icon
    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Frederick County - Monocacy Scenic River - Water Trail Map and Guide
  • Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail
  • National Park Planner - C&O Canal Boat Ramp Map

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

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    I like to think of the Monocacy River as the jewel of Frederick County. Unfortunately, like many of the creeks in this area, the water level is often low. I highly recommend you check out the water flow and depth before paddling on this scenic river. If kayaking in the mid-summer through fall, take advantage of paddling after it rains.

    Here are some terms I use in regards to paddling on the Monocacy:
  • Lower Monocacy: Gambrill Mill to the Mouth of the Monocacy.
  • Middle Monocacy: Devilbiss Bridge to Gambrill Mill.
  • Upper Monocacy: Anything north of Devilbiss Bridge.

  • Ed Gertler recommends that the minimum water flow be 150 cubic feet per second (3.1 feet) at U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Bridgeport). According to Monocacy Scenic Water Trail, if launching from Millers Bridge (route 77), the minimum water flow should read 350 cubic feet per second (2.1 feet) at U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Jug Bridge). If launching from Devilbiss Bridge and below, the gauge should read at least 215 cubic feet per second (1.7 feet). River levels of five feet or above are considered hazardous for recreational use and should not be attempted. But a sign at the launch site mentions "The Monocacy River does not reach hazardous floodstages after rain events." Use your best judgment and err on the side of caution.

    During the autumn and winter, be aware of waterfowl hunting season and that "sneak boating," which involves hunting from small, low-profile boats, is permitted on the Monocacy.

    In terms of scenery, expect to find lots of trees, a few bridges, and numerous rock formations created by geologic upheavals, weather extremes, and gravity. They are part of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Physiographic Provinces and contain geologic structures which include metamorphosed and sedimentary rock types.

    For more information, see Plan Your Own Adventure on the Monocacy River Water Trail.
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    Brunswick Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Burkittsville Road (route 17) on the north side of the Potomac River, near mile 55 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, Brunswick, Maryland 21716. Frederick County ADC map 35 C12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-600-2936 Frederick County Parks & Recreation

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Also called Brunswick Bridge and the Lock 30 Boat Ramp. Access to the Potomac River. Parking for at least 22 vehicles. More room near the railroad tracks at the MARC parking lot.

    Boat ramp and porta-john. Picnic tables.

    It is six miles to Catoctin Creek. 6.25 miles to Point of Rocks. 10 miles to Nolands Ferry. 12.5 miles to the Monocacy River. 22.5 miles to Edwards Ferry. A local paddler informed me that the current from Brunswick Bridge to the Monocacy River is fairly strong but weaker after the Monocacy.

    After paddling, consider a meal or ice cream at one of the places on Maple Avenue just south of East Potomac Street in Brunswick.

    BLOGS: May 6, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Brunswick Boat Ramp
    River Explorer - Brunswick Boat Ramp
    National Park Planner - Lock 30 Boat Ramp
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    Brunswick Family CampgroundOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 40 Canal Road, Brunswick, Maryland 21716. The campground is located between mileposts 54 and 55 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Frederick County ADC map 35 F13. See map.

    PHONE: 301-834-9950

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Some maps call this boat ramp Brunswick Municipal. Access to the Potomac River. If you're not staying at this campsite, consider launching a mile upstream at Brunswick Boat Ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: River Explorer - Brunswick Campground Boat Ramp
    Brunswick Family Campground
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    Buckeystown Community ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7221 Michaels Mill Road, Buckeystown, Maryland 21717. Frederick County ADC map 38 E9. Soft launch at map. Very steep ramp at map. .

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 14, 2023

    NOTES: Some sources show the location as 7221 Michaels Mill Road, Adamstown, Maryland 21710. Access to the Monocacy River.

    The soft launch is a little steep and muddy so it is better if you've got someone to help you. 160-foot portage.

    The very steep ramp (not for vehicles) has a heavy-duty eyebolt at the top. I believe this was designed to lower a boat down to the water with a rope, not supplied. On either side are narrow staircases. Very awkward launch. 250-foot portage. I suggest going with the soft launch instead.

    The water trail has only one natural set of rapids, a Class I segment called the Greenfield Rapids. It is 5.5 miles downstream of Buckeystown Community Park and 0.4 mile upstream of Park Mills. I've seen folks with little kayaking experience do this brief section without difficulty. As you approach, you'll hear the turbulence. At that point, if you are concerned, I suggest heading to the right, then dragging your boat onto the big flat rock where you can see what lies ahead. If you choose to kayak through the whitewater, just be sure to align your boat to face it head-on and go straight through...it is that easy. If you're not comfortable with this, you can always portage around.

    There is a great little picnic area with a porta-john. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    According to Monocacy Scenic Water Trail,
    Walk up a small clearing in the trees to a pinic shelter. Several houses built in the 1700s and 1800s are located in the Buckeystown Historic District, a mile west of the park. One stone house was the home of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    BLOGS: May 26, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Buckeystown Park
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    Burkittsville RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast side of Burkittsville Road (route 17) on the south side of Catoctin Creek, 1.4 miles south of where Burkittsville Road meets Main Street (alternate 40), Middletown, Maryland 21769. Frederick County ADC map 27 D4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: January 29, 2010

    NOTES: Access to Catoctin Creek.

    Plenty of parking on the side of the road. No restroom or boat ramp. River monitoring station and dam present. Dirt road on the southeast side of the bridge leads under the bridge to launch. Fifteen miles from this site to Lock 29 on the Potomac River. Unfortunately, there are no good shorter routes with an easy take-out that I know of. If you hit it after a heavy rain in the early spring, it shouldn't be too difficult. For water level information, see USGS Real-Time Water Data for Catoctin Creek near Middletown, Maryland.

    BLOGS: January 29, 2010 and March 8, 2010
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    Creagerstown ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 12014 Penterra Manor Lane, just off Creagerstown Road (route 550), Thurmont, Maryland 21788. Frederick County ADC map 14 E5. See map.

    PHONE: 301-600-2936 Frederick County Parks & Recreation

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Monocacy River which is often too low to paddle in the summer at early autumn. .

    Small, steep boat ramp. Parking for about 15 vehicles. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. Site has grill, trash can, picnic tables, but no porta-john. On the east side of the ramp, you'll find a small gravel beach about 12 feet wide. If you bring a pet that doesn't like loud noises, you may not want to paddle near here because there is a shooting range nearby. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Creagerstown Park
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    Devilbiss BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 8276 Devilbiss Bridge Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788. This is on the north side of Devilbiss Bridge Road and just west of the Monocacy River. Frederick County ADC map 22 A2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-600-2936 Frederick County Parks & Recreation

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Monocacy River which is often too low to paddle in the summer at early autumn. No porta-john or boat ramp. Parking for about 15 vehicles. This is a very popular place. Small beach area for launching that is often muddy after rain.

    Some mapping software shows the boat launch on the east side of the river but it is on the west.

    Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Check out U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Monocacy Boulevard) before launching.

    BLOGS: April 27, 2008, October 25, 2009, October 2, 2010, and May 23, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Devilbiss Bridge
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    Gambrill MillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Urbana Pike (route 355) on the south side of the Monocacy River. Frederick County ADC map 38 J1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: Also known as MD 355 / Monocacy National Battlefield River Access. Access to the Monocacy River just southwest of Bush Creek.

    Mapping software might try to take you to a parking lot near the Corporal Kirk J. Bosselmann bridge where Urbana Pike (Route 355) passes over the Monocacy River, but the place you want to turn off is 0.2 mile south of this on the east side of Urbana Pike. Follow the road marked with the "Gambrill Mill Tour Stop 4" sign and park near the boardwalk trailhead.

    It is 0.2 mile from the parking lot to the put-in, mostly via boardwalk. No ramp...just a gravelly beach. Because of the long portage, this place makes a better rest stop and place to explore rather than a launch site.

    According to Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail,
    This site is owned and operated by the National Park Service, Monocacy National Battlefield. Follow the boardwalk to water's edge. Small asphalt parking lot is for cars only.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Gambrill Mill Soft Launch at Monocacy National Battlefield
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    Hunting Creek Lake - BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 14274 William Houck Drive on the west side of Hunting Creek Lake, Thurmont, Maryland 21788. Frederick County ADC map 6 H6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-271-7574

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Hunting Creek Lake. Lots of parking. Kayak rental available. Expect at least 300 foot carry from parking lot to water.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Cunningham Falls State Park - Swimming
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    Hunting Creek Lake - Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: On the northwest side of Catoctin Hollow Road and the south side of Hunting Creek Lake, across from the Park Office, Thurmont, Maryland 21788. Frederick County ADC map 6 H7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-271-7574

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Hunting Creek Lake.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Cunningham Falls State Park - Boating
    Maryland DNR - Cunningham Falls State Park - Swimming
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    Lander Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 50.8 / Lock 29 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, Jefferson, Maryland 21755. Frederick County ADC map 36 D13. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: January 29, 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River 0.3 miles downstream of Catoctin Creek. Porta-john and boat ramp.

    BLOGS: March 8, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Lander Boat Ramp
    Potomac River Guide - Lander Boat Ramp/Lock 29
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    Millers Bridge / Rocky RidgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 10611 Rocky Ridge Road (route 77), Rocky Ridge, Maryland 21778. Frederick County ADC map 9 C11 or Carroll County ADC map 8 C12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-600-2936 Frederick County Parks & Recreation

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: Also known as MD 77 River Access. Access to the Monocacy River. Parking about 0.1 mile northwest of the bridge along the southwest side of the road at map. Room for about six vehicles. The launch area here can get muddy and slippery after it rains. Sign at gate says "Closed except by permit" but that applies to vehicles, not pedestrians. About 0.1 mile to the water from the parking lot so consider bringing a kayak cart if you plan to launch by yourself.

    Very shallow but might be paddleable after a heavy rain. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. No porta-john though there are plenty of woods to pee. No boat ramp. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Keep a watch out for the LeGore Arch Bridge. This 248-foot-long stone bridge was built by James William LeGore around 1900. It stands downstream of Millers Bridge but upstream of Creagerstown Park.

    BLOGS: May 23, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail
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    Mouth of Monocacy RiverOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northwest end of Mouth of Monocacy Road near Lock 27 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, Dickerson, Maryland 20842. Frederick County ADC map 44 C12 or Montgomery County ADC map 6 H7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: This site is also called Monocacy Aqueduct. Access to the Monocacy River and the Potomac River which is 0.6 mile downstream. Between the two is the actual aqueduct. Built between 1829 and 1833, this has been described by historians as one of the finest canal features in the United States.

    Porta-john available. Limited parking but more available just a short distance away at the aqueduct. During peak times, I recommend parking near the aqueduct to make more room for boat trailers. Paddling upstream can be difficult at times.

    See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    This parking lot is 4.2 miles from the Sugarloaf Mountain parking lot. Might make a good multi-sport day trip. That is, paddle, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain, hike the mountain, then bike back to the Mouth of Monocacy River parking lot.

    Note that according to some maps, there should be a boat ramp just downstream of this site on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. This does not exist.

    BLOGS: March 31, 2006 and May 26, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Monocacy Aqueduct
    River Explorer - Monocacy Aqueduct Boat Ramp
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    Nolands FerryOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Located just southeast of the south end of New Design Road near mile 44.6 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, Tuscarora, Maryland 21790. Frederick County ADC map 44 E10. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Restroom and boat ramp available. Limited parking but more just before crossing the C&O Canal. .

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Nolands Ferry Boat Ramp
    River Explorer - Nolands Ferry Boat Ramp
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    Park MillsOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 899 Park Mills Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842. Entrance is on the west side of Parks Mill Road, 0.1 mile south of the bridge over the Monocacy River. Frederick County ADC map 45 B7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-924-2127 Seneca Creek State Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: Also known as the Monocacy Natural Resources Management Area. Access to the Monocacy River. No restroom. Boat ramp. There will be a small sign that reads "Monocacy River Boat Ramp," which is confusing because that is the name of the launch site just downstream. There is little else to mark this Natural Resource Management Area (NRMA).

    The water trail has only one natural set of rapids, a Class I segment called the Greenfield Rapids. It is 5.5 miles downstream of Buckeystown Community Park and 0.4 mile upstream of Park Mills. I've seen folks with little kayaking experience do this brief section without difficulty. As you approach, you'll hear the turbulence. At that point, if you are concerned, I suggest heading to the right, then dragging your boat onto the big flat rock where you can see what lies ahead. If you choose to kayak through the whitewater, just be sure to align your boat to face it head-on and go straight through...it is that easy. If you're not comfortable with this, you can always portage around.

    See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    BLOGS: May 26, 2014

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Monocacy Scenic River Water Trail
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    LOCATION: 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick, Maryland 21704. Frederick County ADC map 30 A10. See map.

    PHONE: 301-600-6291

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Monocacy River. Moderately strong current that would make paddling upstream difficult. 16 miles to the Potomac River; 15.4 miles to the Mouth of Monocacy River launch site.

    Restrooms, water fountain, nice boat ramp, and picnic area available. The current might be 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. See water trail sign for more information. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    The scenic canoe route begins at Pinecliff Park. Unfortunately, if you plan on launching from the park, paddling downstream, and returning upstream, you may have problems because of the current. I recommend you use a car shuttle with the other car at Mouth of the Monocacy River. If you'd rather do it on your own, then bring a bicycle, lock it up at the Mouth, drive to Pinecliff Park, paddle downstream (3 to 3.75 hours), lock your boat up at the Mouth, ride your bicycle back to the park, then retrieve your boat.

    BLOGS: April 27, 2008 and October 25, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Frederick County Parks & Recreation - Pinecliff Park
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Pinecliff Park
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    Poffenberger RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Poffenberger Road, north of where it passes over Catoctin Creek, Burkittsville, Maryland 21755. Frederick County ADC map 27 B12. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Catoctin Creek. Launch sites on this creek are few and far between. There may be brief sections of class II whitewater.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddling.com - Catoctin Creek in Maryland
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    Point of RocksOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3703 Canal Road near mile 48.4 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, Point of Rocks, Maryland 21777. Frederick County ADC map 43 F6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Boat ramp. No restroom. Parking for 16 near ramp. The bridge at Point of Rocks was originally constructed as a pivot bridge in the early 1830s by Lewis Wernwag and rebuilt as a permanent bridge in 1844 and again in 1852.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Point of Rocks Boat Ramp
    Potomac River Guide - Point of Rocks Boat Ramp
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    Riverside ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1801 Monocacy Boulevard, Frederick, Maryland 21701. Frederick County ADC map 29 K1. See map.

    PHONE: 301-600-1492

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 23, 2023

    NOTES: I have seen this place called River Bend and Frederick City Park. Access to the Monocacy River which is often too low to paddle in the summer at early autumn. Porta-john and boat ramp. Parking for 50+ vehicles. Moderate current of about 2 mph if the water is low or 5 mph if the water is high. Ramp may be extremely muddy after a heavy rain. There is a trail that starts at the park and heads upstream along the river. For water level information, see Monocacy River Water Level Information.

    Just east of the paved boat ramp is Rivermist Park, which has a lovely, 1.7-mile paved multi-purpose trail that parallels the north side of the river.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: City of Frederick - Riverside Park
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    When it comes to kayaking, Garrett County is a place of extremes compared to many other counties in Maryland. There are several whitewater sections and some flat non-tidal areas on lakes. This county tends to cater more to hunters, snow skiiers, and all-terrain vehicles. You can, however, find places to drop in your boat, but such places tend to be harder to find.

    See map for launch sites in the county.

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    LOCATION: 120 Recreation Lane, Mountain Lake Park, Maryland 21550. Garrett County ADC map H27. See map.

    PHONE: 301-334-2691

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 19, 2023

    NOTES: Access to Broadford Lake.

    Boat ramp, restrooms, playground, beach, and picnic area. John boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats available for rent.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Oakland, Maryland - Broadford Lake
    Maryland DNR - Broadford Lake
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    Deep Creek Lake - rampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Where Waterfront Way meets Lakeside Trail and just east of 489 Waterfront Way, Swanton, Maryland 21561. Garrett County ADC map M18. See map.

    PHONE: 301-387-5563 headquarters, 240-405-9827 duty ranger

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Deep Creek Lake. Two boat ramps.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Deep Creek Lake State Park - boat ramp
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    LOCATION: South of the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, Maryland 21561. Garrett County ADC map N18. See map.

    PHONE: 301-387-7067

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Deep Creek Lake and Meadow Mountain Cove. I really don't know the status of this. It appears on a map I have which is dated 2004, and I have not been able to find anything to confirm that this launch site still exists.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Deep Creek Lake State Park - Discovery Center
    The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park
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    Friendsville Community ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast side of Friendsville Community Park off Lions Circle Drive, Friendsville, Maryland 21531. Garrett County ADC map G5. See map.

    PHONE: 301-746-5919 town clerk

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This place is also called Friendsville Riverside Community Park. Access to the Youghiogheny River. Restrooms and a soft launch available.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Town of Friendsville - Friendsville Riverside Community Park
    National Park Service - Paddle Friendsville MD to Confluence PA
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    Herrington Manor State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 222 Herrington Lane, Oakland, Maryland 21550. Garrett County ADC map C23. See map.

    PHONE: 301-334-9180

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 20, 2023

    NOTES: Access to Herrington Lake, also known as Lake Herrington. Stand-up paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent. Paved boat ramp and floating pier. You can't paddle very far but if you can get to the feeded stream, that section is scenic and natural.

    BLOGS: August 20, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Herrington Manor
    Maryland DNR - Herrington Manor State Park - Boating/Rentals
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    Hoyes RunOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Park on west side of Oakland Sang Run Road, 0.1 mile north of where it meets Hoyes Run Road, Oakland, Maryland 21550 at map. Garrett County ADC map F17. Put in at map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 26, 2011

    NOTES: Some maps say this location is in the town of Sang Run while others say Hoyes Run. Access to Youghiogheny River.

    Room for about 6 vehicles in gravel lot. Carry boats about 0.1 mile to the water and launch on in a somewhat muddy area. This section is the start of the flatwater section which extends about 3.25 miles down to Sang Run. Be sure to take out at Sang Run unless you are a competent whitewater kayaker. No restroom.

    BLOGS: November 26, 2011
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    Jennings Randolf LakeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Mount Zion Road, Swanton, Maryland 21561. Garrett County ADC map Z26. See map.

    PHONE: 304-355-2346, 301-334-9180 Herrington Manor State Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 25, 2011

    NOTES: Some maps say this launch site is in Swanton but it is closer to Kitzmiller. Access to Jennings Randolf Lake which the North Branch Potomac River flows into. Boat ramp and lots of parking available.

    BLOGS: November 25, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Jennings Randolph Lake Boating
    Wikipedia - Jennings Randolf Lake
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    KitzmillerOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of North Hill Road where it meets Shallmar Road, Kitzmiller, Maryland 21538. Garrett County ADC map V29. Park at the northwest side of the intersection at map. Launch southwest of the intersection at map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 25, 2011

    NOTES: Access to the North Branch Potomac River. Parking for two vehicles. No restroom or ramp. Walk down where Wolfden Run drains into the river via a metal pipe and head to a big flat rock. It is a rocky area but will do for a commando launch. Jennings Randolf Lake is about 7.75 miles downstream.

    BLOGS: November 25, 2011
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    Lostland RunOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Lost Land Run Road, Shallmar, Maryland 21538. Garrett County ADC map S31. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 25, 2011

    NOTES: This area is sometimes called Lost Land Run...three words instead of two. Access to the North Branch Potomac River. Lots of whitewater here. I've read it can get up to class IV.

    About 300 feet south of the parking lot on the east side (you'll see it on the way in) are a couple of picnic tables. Just behind the tables is a place where one can carry down and launch on the flat rocks. Just downstream is a section that can be pretty rough when the water is high so this is a good place to take out, rest, eat, and climb to the Potomac River Overlook to see what lies ahead.

    From the picnic tables, walk past the parking lot and you should see a sign pointing to the overlook trail. If this is your take-out, it will be easy to miss. Heading downstream, look for the take-out on the left, just after where Lostland Run flows into the river.

    If using this location as a take-out, consider launching at Gormania. If launching from here, consider taking out at Jennings Randolf Lake, Maryland, about 10.25 miles downstream or Jennings Randolf Lake, West Virginia which is slightly further. Kitzmiller is about 3.5 miles downstream.

    BLOGS: March 25, 2007 (hiking), November 25, 2011 (hiking)

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Lostland Run, Garrett County
    Western Maryland's Haven for Outdoor Recreation
    Hiking Trails - Potomac-Garrett State Forest
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    Mill RunOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest side of Mill Run Road just north of Collier Run and 0.1 mile south of where Mill Run Road, Lake Shore Road, and Leech Road intersect. Garrett County ADC map H1. See map.

    PHONE: 814-395-316

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Youghiogheny River Lake, a reservoir. Pay to launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S Army Corps of Engineers - Youghiogheny River Lake
    All About Fishing - Fishing At Youghiogheny River Lake
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    New Germany State Park beachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of McAndrews Hill Road, 0.4 mile east of where McAndrews Hill Road and New Germany Road intersect, Grantsville, Maryland 21536. Garrett County ADC map AA8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-895-5453

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 9, 2018

    NOTES: Access to New Germany Lake.

    Parking lot is south and across McAndrews Hill Road at . Restroom is in the lake house to the east of where kayaks, canoes, row boats, and SUPs are rented.

    Launch between the dam and the swim area.

    Be sure to bring bug spray. It seems there are more mosquitos here than other parts of the county.

    BLOGS: June 9, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - New Germany State Park - Lake Activities
    Hiking Trails - New Germany
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    New Germany State Park rampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Take unnamed road to campsites and park near site 39 in the overflow lot. Unnamed road starts on the north side of McAndrews Hill Road, 0.5 mile east of where McAndrews Hill Road and New Germany Road intersect, Garrett County, Maryland 21536. Garrett County ADC map AA8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-895-5453

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 9, 2018

    NOTES: Access to New Germany Lake. Boat ramp available. Use camper restroom.

    Be sure to bring bug spray. It seems there are more mosquitos here than other parts of the county.

    BLOGS: June 9, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - New Germany State Park - Lake Activities
    Hiking Trails - New Germany
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    Sang RunOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Sang Run Road where Gingseng Run flows into the Youghiogheny River, 0.2 mile southwest of where Sang Run Road and Oakland Sang Run Road intersect, McHenry, Maryland 21541. Garrett County ADC map E14. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 26, 2011

    NOTES: Grassy area in Sang Run State Park where you can access the Youghiogheny River. Expect up to class V rapids.

    Parking to the west. Porta-johns available. Pay to launch. This section ends the flatwater portion which begins about 3.25 miles upstream at Hoyes Run. There is a trail that leads back to Hoyes Run but I don't recommend it.

    BLOGS: November 26, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Service - Paddle Hoyes Run to Sang Run on the Upper Youghiogheny
    Maryland DNR - Sang Run State Park
    Issuu - Sang Run State Park & Youghiogheny Scenic and Wild River
    American Whitewater - Youghiogheny, Sang Run (Sang Run Road) to Friendsville
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    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Harford County - Parks: Some of these have launch sites.
  • Visit Harford - Boating
  • Salt Chef - Harford County

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Anita C. Leight Estuary CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 700 Otter Point Road, Abingdon, Maryland 21009. Harford County ADC map 24 H12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-612-1688

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 17, 2021

    NOTES: Access to Otter Point Creek. Restroom in the visitor center. Lots of parking. It is a very steep 500 foot, paved carry from the parking lot to the lauch area but if someone is at the visitor center and they aren't busy, they might open the gate so you can drive down and drop off your boat. This can be a good alternative to Otter Point Landing which is very close by.

    BLOGS: May 15, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Otter Point Creek Alliance
    Maryland DNR - Otter Point Creek, Harford County
    Baltimore Sun - Discover the Wildlife at Otter Point Creek
    Paddling in Otter Point Creek Natural Area
    Maryland DNR - Otter Point Creek
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    Benjamin's BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3010 Conowingo Road, Street, Maryland 21154. Harford County ADC map 11 C6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-638-3570

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek. Located six miles downstream of Walters Mill and thirteen miles upstream from the mouth, where Deer Creek flows into the Susquehanna River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Baltimore Sun - 'Benjamin's Bridge' Kayak Launch Gives Safe Access to Deer Creek in Harford
    Visit Harford - Benjamin's Bridge Canoe/Kayak Launch
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    Broad CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North of where Flintville Road (route 623) meets Paddrick Road, Darlington, Maryland 21034. Harford County ADC map 6 B5 or Cecil County ADC map 1 B5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-638-4753

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 28, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Broad Creek. Boat ramp. No restroom.

    Parking on west side of Paddick Road just south of Flintville Road at map.

    BLOGS: April 28, 2017 - Broad Creek

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Broad Creek
    Harford County Living - Public boating access enhanced at Broad Creek Boat Ramp, thanks to Stevensville firm
    Visit Harford - Broad Creek Public Landing
    Paddling.com - Broad Creek Landing in Maryland
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    Deer Creek Park - Sandy Hook RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Sandy Hook Road just south of Deer Creek, 0.5 mile southwest of the intersection of Sandy Hook Road and Scarboro Road, north of Bel Air, Maryland 21015. Harford County ADC map 11 A5. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek. This is a very good location for parking and mediocre for launching/landing. The lot is on the southwest side of the bridge. There is parking for 15 vehicles. The best place to launch is about 0.1 miles upstream of the bridge. The Harford County ADC map actually shows this as an unnamed road. There are also hiking trails in the park. 5.5 miles upstream of Priestford Bridge (route 136).
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    LOCATION: 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville, Maryland 21132. Harford County ADC map 2 K8.

    PHONE: 410-836-3050

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 19, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek.

    This is a very popular paddling area for recreational kayakers, families, and canoeists. Very natural and scenic. No launch fee.

    There are several short hiking trails. They have a small but nice visitor center with various reptiles. They also have their own bee apiary and you can buy honey that they extract.

    Put in from their ramp above the dam and then move your vehicle to one of the big parking lots on the east side of the Nature Center building. Together, those lots will hold 50+ vehicles. Just outside of the Nature Center on the east side, they have a handicap accessible porta-john that you can get into at all times.

    One can also launch downstream of the dam at numerous places. Expect to carry your boat about 100 feet over possibly rough terrain.

    About a quarter of a mile away but still in Eden Mill Nature Center property, one can launch on the east side of Big Branch Creek just south of the Eden Mill Road bridge but north of the foot bridge. The launch area is more primitive than the one at the Nature Center. But the advantage is you can park just off Eden Mill Road east of the bridge, right next to the put in. No need to move your vehicle. Room for about nine vehicles.

    Just upstream from the dam one can paddle about 0.2 mile up Big Branch Creek. Or, from the dam, one can paddle about 1.75 miles upstream on Deer Creek without having to portage if the water isn't too low. If you don't mind having to portage through some shallow areas, you can easily get 2.25 miles upstream from the dam.

    In the summer and autumn, Eden Mill offers a naturalist led sunrise/sunset canoe trips.

    BLOGS: February 7, 2016, February 18, 2017, and February 19, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Eden Mill Nature Center
    Visit Harford - Eden Mill Park Nature Center & Historic Grist Mill
    Three Hibernal Hikes in Harford County
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    Fisherman's ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2522 Shures Landing Road, Darlington, Maryland 21034. Harford County ADC map 6 J3 or Cecil County ADC map 2 B13. See map.

    PHONE: 410-457-2426 Conowingo Visitor's Center

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 9, 2017

    NOTES: Some sources list this address as 2569 while some places spell the street name as Shureslanding or Shure's Landing. This site is also known as Shuresville Landing and Conowingo Fisherman's Park. Access to the Susquehanna River, just 0.4 mile downstream of the Conowingo Dam.

    Ramp available. There is a tremendous amount of parking because this is such a popular site for bird watchers. Also, lots of porta-johns.

    A very important sign reads
    To fishermen and boat operators: flashing red lights and sounding sirens mean rising water level. Play it safe! Seek higher ground, watch anchors, wear life jackets.
    To find out if water is being released from the dam, call the Conowingo generation hotline: 1-888-457-4076 or the Spill Conditions hotline: 1-877-457-2525. Believe you me, you don't want to paddle there when they are releasing a lot of water from the dam.

    I would not recommend beginner kayakers to launch here. Plan to have a shuttle to pick you up four miles downstream at the Lapidum Boat Launch Facility or seven miles downstream at Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park. Directly across from this launch site on the Cecil County side is a heron rookery...or at least there was in 2017. But unless the dam isn't releasing water, it will be very hard to access because of the strong currents.

    BLOGS: December 3, 2011, April 28, 2014, and April 9, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Fisherman's Park/Shuresville Landing
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & D.C. - Conowingo Dam / Fisherman's Park (Harford County Side)
    Conowingo Fisherman's Park
    Wikipedia - Conowingo Dam
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    Flying Point MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 324 Flying Point Road, Edgewood, Maryland 21040. Harford County ADC map 24 J12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-676-7311

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Otter Point Creek. Pay $10 to launch as of 2022. Insert money in box next to ramp. Ramp is always open. Marina has a convenience store. To avoid the fee, launch next door at Flying Point Park.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Flying Point Marina
    Maryland DNR - Otter Point Creek
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    Flying Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 511 Kennard Avenue, Edgewood, Maryland 21040. Harford County ADC map 24 J12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-612-1608

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 7, 2020

    NOTES: Access to Otter Point Creek. Porta-johns available. Two paved boat ramps plus beach launch. Parking for 50+ vehicles.

    BLOGS: November 7, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Harford - Flying Point Park
    Paddling in Otter Point Creek Natural Area
    Maryland DNR - Otter Point Creek
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    Franklin Street BeachOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of parking lot behind buildings where the east end of Franklin Street meets Saint John Street. Harford County ADC map 21 D6. See map.
    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the lower Susquehanna River. No boat ramp or restroom. Closest public restroom is at the Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park. Launch at sandy area near restaurant but don't launch from the peninsula near the restaurant.

    While I have put in at this location, I much prefer to launch from Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park.
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    Jean S. Roberts Memorial ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 600 Water Street, just east of the intersection of Water Street and Otsego Street and north of the train bridge, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078. Harford County ADC map 21 D5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-939-1800

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 29, 2017

    NOTES: This address is sometimes listed as 601 Water Street. Other times, it appears as 509 Otsego Street.

    Access to the lower Susquehanna River. It is 3.5 miles upstream to the Lapidum Boat Launch Facility. The river is dammed about 8.5 miles upstream.

    Boat ramp and restroom available.

    BLOGS: September 13, 2008, April 28, 2014, and September 29, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Harford - Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park
    Historic Havre de Grace - 601 Water Street, Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park
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    Lapidum Boat Launch FacilityOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 401 Stafford Road, Havre De Grace, Maryland 21078. Harford County ADC map 13 H10 or Cecil County ADC map 8 H10. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 9, 2017

    NOTES: Pay to launch onto the Susquehanna River. Boat ramp and restroom available. Non-boat trailer parking is on the right side of the ramp.

    It is 3.5 miles downstream to Jean S. Roberts Memorial Park. 1.5 miles upstream is Trestle Canoe Launch. The river is dammed about five miles upstream.

    BLOGS: December 3, 2011

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Susquehanna State Park
    Maryland DNR - Susquehanna State Park - Boating
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    Line Bridge LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast end of Line Bridge Road near 2298 Line Bridge Road, Whiteford, Maryland 21160. Harford County ADC map 6 A2. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to west side of Susquehanna River just below the Pennsylvania border.
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    Mariner Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 100 Kearney Drive, Joppatowne, Maryland 21085. Harford County ADC map 28 E7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-612-1608

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 4, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the Gunpowder River. Over a mile of trails exist here. Regular restrooms and water fountain available in the visitors center near the entrance of the park. Porta-john located southeast of the boat ramps. Four boat ramps available. Lot A is just east of the ramps. There are some spots for non-trailered vehicles but these tend to fill up quickly. During the busy season it is recommended to launch a kayak on the west side of parking lot B. This is the lot just after (south of) the boat ramps, also on the right. There may be a sign at the entrance to the lot that reads "boat trailer parking only" but you can pull your car in to remove and pick up your kayak. Launch at the dirt area on the west side near the bench, drain pipe, and trail marker 19. Regular car (without boat trailer) parking at the next lot south (lot C).

    This is a great place to launch if you want to get to Gunpowder Falls State Park, Days Cove, Big Gunpowder Falls, Little Gunpowder Falls, or Bird River. Some maps call Big Gunpowder Falls simply Gunpowder Falls.

    In the summer, there may be a significant amount of aquatic vegetation in the shallow areas so try to paddle at high tide and bring a boat with a retractable rudder, no rudder, or at least a flip-up rudder.

    From Mariner Point, it is 1.3 miles to the mouth of Big Gunpowder Falls. Then it is three miles from mouth of Big Gunpowder Falls to Pulaski Highway (route 40). It is another 0.3 mile from Pulaski Highway to the train bridge. Finally, it is 0.1 mile from the train bridge to whitewater where the normal person (myself included) can't go any further upstream. If you pull over to the south side, you might be able to find a paved path called Distillery Road. Eventually, it becomes a regular dirt trail, blazed in white. Makes for a nice kayak/hike combination. Not sure how far this path heads south but based on conversations, it heads north at least to route 1, where parking is available. Haven't actually verified this myself. There is also a dirt trail on the north side. Not sure where it goes.

    A small channel on the east side, about 0.8 miles upstream from Days Cove will lead to Little Gunpowder Falls and an open area near Rumsey Island. All of Little Gunpowder Falls is very scenic.

    A nice semi-circuit 8 mile day trip is to launch from Mariner Point, head south to the Gunpowder River, head west, paddle to the last tributary off Big Gunpowder Falls, head north, paddle around Days Cove, paddle up Big Gunpowder Falls, head north, and explore the open area near Rumsey Island, paddle down Little Gunpowder Falls, then return to Mariner Point.

    It is easy to find your way back to Mariner Point. Just get back to the Bird River or Gunpowder River and find the train bridge. Paddle to the northwest side of the bridge and you'll see a large sign that reads "Mariner Point" with a buoy out of the water. Head towards this sign then paddle to the left of it. Mariner Point will be on your right.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Harford - Mariner Point Park
    Paddleboarding through Nature in the Baltimore Area
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    Millard E. Tydings Memorial ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 352 Commerce Street, Havre De Grace, Maryland 21078. Entrance is south of the south end of Strawberry Lane, south of where Strawberry Lane, Commerce Street, and Market Street all intersect. Harford County ADC map 21 D8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-939-1800

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 8, 2020

    NOTES: This place is also known as Concord Park, Concord Point Park, or Yacht Basin. Some sources list the address as South Stokes Street or 908 South Washington Street.

    Access to the northernmost part of the Chesapeake Bay. No fee to launch cartop boats. Restroom. Ramp on far west side. Food vendor on premises. Parking for 50+ vehicles.

    I'm not sure of the best way to launch from the ramp. It is easy to get in the way of the vehicles with trailers trying to get their power boats in or out of the water. I think the best thing is to either park close to the ramp and just carry your stuff over or drop off your boat at the north end on the lawn and then carry it over. Vehicles with trailers need a lot of space so it is best not to get in their way.

    BLOGS: August 8, 2020 and August 6, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Maryland - Millard Tydings Memorial Park
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    Otter Point LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just east of 600 Otter Point Road at the east end of Otter Point Road, Abingdon, Maryland 21009. Harford County ADC map 24 H12. See map.

    PHONE: 410-612-1606

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 15, 2021

    NOTES: Access to Otter Point Creek. Boat ramp available. Porta-john available.

    BLOGS: May 15, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Otter Point Creek
    Paddling in Otter Point Creek Natural Area
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    Priestford BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Priestford Road (route 136) south of Priestford Bridge where it intersects Harmony Church Road, Street, Maryland 21154. Harford County ADC map 11 J10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: This is also known as Deer Creek Kayak Launch Site and Deer Creek Conservation Area. Access to Deer Creek. When I found this place, I felt like it was not a very good location but since then, others have launched from here and given it a better rating than I would have so maybe it has improved. Park on either side of Priestford Road just north of the bridge where there is room for two vehicles on each side.

    There is a great deal of parking on the southeast side of the bridge but I do not know if this is available to the public since it is part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

    This site is 8.9 miles upstream of the mouth.

    BLOGS: October 28, 2007
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    Rock Run Grist MillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Behind 761 Stafford Road, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078. Harford County ADC map 13 F8 or Cecil County ADC map 8 F8. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 9, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the Susquehanna River right across from Wood Island. Stairs behind the northwest end of the parking lot for the mill lead down to the water. No ramp. No restroom so use the one at Lapidum. Parking for about 30. Open 24 hours. If this lot is full, check out Trestle which is very close and free.

    BLOGS: April 9, 2017 and April 28, 2017 - Susquehanna River

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Rock Run Grist Mill
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    Rocks State Park - Gauging StationOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Rocks Road (route 24), 0.1 mile west of where Rocks Road meets Cherry Hill Road, Jarrettsville, Maryland 21084. Harford County ADC map 9 H4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek, 17.9 miles upstream of mouth. About three miles upstream of Clark Bridge. Small building that looks like a heavy duty outhouse marks this location. Dirt parking lot holds ten vehicles. Small beach launch. Two sets of wooden steps lead to the water on the middle and northern sides of the lot. No restroom. Excellent place to launch and it puts you just downstream of the class three rapids.

    BLOGS: October 28, 2007

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Rocks State Park
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    LOCATION: 4001 Saint Clair Bridge Road, Street, Maryland 21154. Harford County ADC map 9 D3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek. Not sure if the town is really Street or Jarrettsville.

    Immediately after entering the area, there will be a lot on the right that holds about 18 vehicles. There are at least two sets of stairs that lead to the water for launching/landing a kayak or river tube. Picnic tables and restrooms. Across Saint Clair Bridge Road just south of Rock Ridge Road is a crosswalk that leads to the half mile blue trail. This trail leads to the 2.2 mile white trail loop.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Rocks State Park - Picnicking and Pavilions
    Hiking Trails - Rocks State Park
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    Rocks State Park - Rocks Road mile 18.6Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: Parking lot is on west side of Rocks Road (route 26), 0.4 mile north of where Rocks Road meets Rocks Chrome Hill Road. Harford County ADC map 9 F3. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek, 18.6 miles upstream of mouth. The dirt lot holds about 20 vehicles. There is a stone building that looks like it should be a restroom but it is not. No restrooms. On the west side of this lot are some stairs that lead up the steep 0.2 mile purple trail which leads to the 2.2 mile white trail loop and King and Queen Seat rocky overlook. Directly across Rocks Road are some benches and some stairs that lead to the water for launching/landing a kayak or river tube.

    From mile 18.4 to 18.5 (slightly downstream) are two sets of class three rapids. It is recommended that all but experienced kayakers remove their boats at the mile 18.6 landing then portage their boats downstream of these rapids. One should definitely not go tubing down these rapids. There is no shoulder on Rocks Road but there is a not-so-well-maintained area for walking between the river and the guard rail.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Rocks State Park
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    LOCATION: 3805 Saint Clair Bridge Road, Jarrettsville, Maryland 21084. Harford County ADC map 9 F2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek. The parking lot holds about 48 vehicles. Picnic tables and restrooms. Left of the playground will be stairs that lead to the water for launching/landing a kayak or river tube.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Rocks State Park - Picnicking and Pavilions
    Hiking Trails - Rocks State Park
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    Shore ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Old Cut Road in Shore Park Campground, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) North, Maryland 21005. Harford County ADC map 26 J5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-278-4415 installation, 410-278-2330 North Visitor Center

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 13, 2023

    NOTES: To enter APG, you need a Department of Defense identification card or be able to drive onto base with someone possessing such a card. The latter condition is called Trusted Traveler access. For this site, use the Maryland Boulevard (route 715) entrance.

    Access to Swan Creek. This is an extremely good location for seeing American lotus flowers.

    The east side of Old Cut Road leads down to the launch area while the west side leads up. Look for the sign that reads "U.S. Army Cemetery" on Captain John Smith Road. This will take you through the recreational vehicle (RV) campground then to Old Cut Road on the right. Follow this to the water. Boat ramp, beach, and parking for about 11 vehicles.

    Don't count on there being an open restroom at the launch site or the park near it. Keep an eye out for a porta-john on the drive in on base.

    There are locked-up loaner boats but I suspect these are for folks camping.

    Do NOT launch at the decrepit Palisades Park to the northwest. If you drive down this road to the water, your car will probably get stuck.

    To find out if APG is conducting testing, do a web search on
    Aberdeen Proving Ground "boom alert"

    BLOGS: July 23, 2022 and August 13, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    APG - Visitor Information
    APG - What to know about visitor access
    APG - Campgrounds
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    Skipper's PointOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1601 Skippers Point Road (east end of road) in Skipper's Point Park/Campground, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Edgewood/South 21010. Harford County ADC map 29 F6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-278-4415 installation, 410-278-4124 outdoor recreation, 443-356-1856 after hours

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 3, 2022

    NOTES: To enter APG, you need a Department of Defense identification card or be able to drive onto base with someone possessing such a card. The latter condition is called Trusted Traveler access. For this site, use the Hoadley Road (route 24) entrance.

    Access to Lauderick Creek and Bush River.

    Porta-john near playground. Boat ramp and beach.

    Parking for about six vehicles at the end of the road. I spoke to the police and they didn't seem to care much where people parked as long as they weren't at a campsite or blocking anything. So if there is no room for parking at the end of the road, I think you could park on the north side of the road near the playground. There are no signs saying you can't.

    A sign says
    All users must register with outdoor recreation
    but after talking to a couple of people there, it sounds like this is for people using the campsites or pavillions, not boaters. Unlike Shore Park, this campground is for tent campers and more secluded.

    To find out if APG is conducting testing, do a web search on
    Aberdeen Proving Ground "boom alert"

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: APG - Visitor Information
    APG - What to know about visitor access
    APG - Campgrounds
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    Stafford BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest side of where Stafford Road and Craigs Corner Road intersect on the south side of Stafford Bridge, Havre De Grace, Maryland 21078. Harford County ADC map 13 C6 or Cecil County ADC map 8 C6. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek. No restroom. Best to use restroom at Lapidum on the drive up. Parking for about eight vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Susquehanna State Park
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    Trestle Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast side of Stafford Road and southwest of the foot bridge over Deer Creek, 0.5 mile north of where Stafford Road meets Rock Run Road, Havre De Grace, Maryland 21078, Harford County ADC map 13 E7 or Cecil County ADC map 8 E7. See map.

    PHONE: 410-557-7994

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 9, 2017

    NOTES: Access to the mouth of Deer Creek where it flows into the Susquehanna River.

    No restroom. No ramp. Wooden stairs lead down to the water. Parking for five vehicles. Use restroom at Lapidum on the drive up. Lapidum is 1.5 miles downstream on the Susquehanna River. There are many fishing spots where one can park and launch along Stafford Road between this place and Stafford Bridge but this location is the best place to launch on Deer Creek downstream from Stafford Bridge. If the lot is full, consider launching from Rock Run.

    BLOGS: April 9, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Susquehanna State Park
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    Walters MillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 1202 Walters Mill Road, Forest Hill, Maryland 21050. Harford County ADC map 10 F5. See map.

    PHONE: 410-638-3570 Harford County Park & Recreation

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Deer Creek. Located 19 miles upstream from the mouth, where Deer Creek flows into the Susquehanna River. Also located six miles upstream of Benjamin's Bridge. Parking for 14 vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bel Air News and Views - Harford County opens new canoe/kayak launch in Forest Hill
    Chesapeake Bay Magazine - New Deer Creek Water Trail Opens New Kayak Launch in Harford Co.
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    Willoughby Beach Launching RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South end of Kennard Avenue on the east side, Edgewood, Maryland 21040. Harford County ADC map 29 K1. See map.

    PHONE: 410-612-1608

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Bush River. Boat ramp available. No restrooms. No fee. See Aberdeen Proving Ground warning.

    BLOGS: November 7, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Harford - Willoughby Beach Landing
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    Howard County doesn't connect to the Chesapeake Bay or any large rivers so it isn't known for its paddling. But it is bordered by the Patapsco River, the Patuxent River, the Triadelphia Reservoir, and the Rocky Gorge Reservoir which is also known as the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir. So there are indeed places to launch.

    See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Big BranchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Triadelphia Mill Road, 0.6 mile southeast of where Triadelphia Mill Road and Triadelphia Road intersect, Dayton, Maryland 21036. Howard County ADC map 4932 F4 or Montgomery County ADC map 13 A6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 7, 2020

    NOTES: Access to the Triadelphia Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled. Ramp and porta-john available.

    Pay to launch. For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    This is site 100 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Big Branch
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Triadelphia Map
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    Bragdon WoodOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast end of Bragdon Wood in Clarksville, Maryland 21029. Howard County ADC map 4934 D4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 7, 2020

    NOTES: Parking for two vehicles. Access to the Middle Patuxent River. No restroom. No ramp. Launch just upstream of route 108 and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Paddle four miles downstream to Simpsonville.

    According to American Whitewater - Middle Patuxent - Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill, one should launch when USGS 01594000 Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD reads 4.5-5.6 feet.
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    Brown's Bridge - Howard CountyOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southeast side of Browns Bridge Road, 0.6 mile southwest of Lime Kiln Road, Highland, Maryland 20777. Howard County ADC map 5051 G7 or Montgomery County ADC map 23 A8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 22, 2020

    NOTES: Also called Browns Bridge. Access to the Rocky Gorge Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This is part of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled. No restroom. Ramp. One can paddle about 1.3 miles upstream on the Patuxent River before having to portage over some riffles.

    I don't think you can launch here easily if the water is low.

    I've only driven by this place...never launched here because I've always chosen Brown's Bridge in Montgomery County which has more parking, is deeper, and has a porta-john. But this location could be better in the sense that one can park your car near the ramp rather than have to move it to a different location.

    For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Rocky Gorge Reservoir Map (location on this map is unnamed and appears east of the named "Brown's Bridge" launch)
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    Carroll MillOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Bridge on Carroll Mill Road 0.4 mile west of Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042. Howard County ADC map 4814 B8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 7, 2020

    NOTES: Parking along the shoulder. Access to the Middle Patuxent River. Launch on the southeast side of the bridge. No restroom. No ramp. Watch out for poison ivy. Paddle four miles downstream to Bragdon Wood. Expect lots of downfalls.

    According to American Whitewater - Middle Patuxent - Carroll Mill Road to Savage Mill, one should launch when USGS 01594000 Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD reads 4.5-5.6 feet.

    BLOGS: June 6, 2020
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    Daniels AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2090 Daniels Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043. Howard County ADC map 4695 K10. See map for the launch site upstream of the Daniels Dam.

    See map for launch site downstream of the dam. If launching from here, be sure to use a boat that can take some abuse. Expect low water in the summer unless it has rained very recently. Not sure of the best place to take out.

    PHONE: 410-461-5005

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 22, 2022

    NOTES: Access to the Patapsco River in Patapsco Valley State Park. No boat ramp. Porta-john available.

    Parking for five vehicles in the small lot and up to ten in the big lot which is a tenth of a mile north of the small lot. If the small lot is full, you can drop off your boat there and then park in the big lot. If there isn't room to park anywhere, then expect to get a parking ticket if you park illegally.

    This is a really popular place for outdoor activities so the lots fill up quickly. In December 2020, I reached out the park manager to inquire about parking at Daniels. He replied
    There are no plans to increase parking in any of our trail heads. We are limiting parking at trailheads for several reasons. There are unsafe road conditions at many of these places. There is a lot of unintended use at trailheads, not be used as a launching point to get into the park and back out. There are also trail heads that are getting 'loved to death' (carrying capacity well overpassed). We ask people not to park illegaly. If our Day Use areas are full and there is no legal parking, we ask folks to go home and try again later. We tweet every closure due to capacity to keep the public informed.

    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources website states the following:
    Paddlers can enjoy this section of the Patapsco year-round. Water is backed up behind the dam to provide about 2 miles of flat water even during low water conditions and when the river is running high, paddlers can travel from Woodstock Road (Rt. 125) to the Daniels area, approximately 4.7 river miles.

    BLOGS: April 13, 2014, April 5, 2017, and April 20, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Daniels
    Maryland DNR - Daniels Area Trailhead
    Birder's Guide to Maryland and DC - Patapsco Valley State Park - Daniels Area
    Spring Peeper Paddle on the Patapsco
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    HenrytonOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Between the railroad tracks and the South Branch of the Patapsco River on the southwest side of the Marriottsville bridge, Marriottsville, Maryland 21104. This is south of Henryton Road and north of the railroad tracks. Howard County ADC map 4694 G4 or Carroll County ADC map 36 A6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 8, 2018

    NOTES: Parking for about 16 vehicles. Access to the South Branch of the Patapsco River, just upstream of the confluence with the North Branch. Not sure how easy it is to launch from here. Didn't actually go to the water. Beware of rapids at 39.350928, -76.887058. Portage around rapids on north side.

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    Historic SavageOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Foundry Street, about 300 feet north of Gorman Road in Historic Savage, Maryland 20763. Howard County ADC map 5053 H9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: March 31, 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Little Patuxent River. Check river flow at USGS Real-Time Water Data at Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD. Ed Gertler mentions that one should have at least 3.8 feet and 90 cubic feet per second of discharge.

    Pay close attention to no parking signs.

    I found it easiest to launch on the southeast side of the bridge. No ramp. Porta-john on the west side of the street at the start of the Savage Mill Trail. Consider taking out at Piney Orchard.

    BLOGS: March 31, 2010
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    IlchesterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East side of Ilchester Road just south of the train tracks. This place is 0.1 mile north of Bonnie Branch Road but south of River Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228. Howard County ADC map 4816 H10 or Baltimore County ADC map 40 K7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 28, 2016

    NOTES: This is an informal launch site that is of more interest to whitewater kayakers. Put in just downstream of the railroad bridge on the west (Howard County) side of the Patapsco River. No restroom or ramp. Parking for about 30 cars but parking is pretty spread out so if you don't want to have to carry your boat very far, I suggest arriving early if it is a nice weekend since this place is popular with hikers that access trails in Patapsco Valley State Park on the east (Baltimore County) side. Disjointed parking also exists along the side of River Road northwest (upstream).

    There are some riffles both upstream and downstream of this location. Launching here will put you downstream of the former Simkins/Thistle Dam but upstream of the former Bloedes Dam. You can drive along the river for a few miles upstream to see what it is like but you can't drive along it downstream. I expect that after Bloedes Dam was removed in 2018, the area tends to be shallow.

    BLOGS: February 28, 2016
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    Lake ElkhornOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Maryland 21045. Across the street from McDonald's which is located at 7244 Cradlerock Way. Howard County ADC map 5053 E1.

    PHONE: 410-715-3000, Columbia Association

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 9, 2020

    NOTES: Limited parking because this is such a popular place. This lake is deep enough for a small boat but the vegetation is very thick in the summer which makes paddling difficult. No restroom.

    There are two places to put in. I only recommend the west launch which is located just south of the playground. There is a parking lot very close to this but it tends to fill up quickly. If that is the case, consider parking in the big lot just north of McDonald's.

    The other place to put in is the east launch. There is no parking lot nearby and I see no advantage of putting in here unless you are fortunate enough to live in one of the houses nearby.

    BLOGS: July 9, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Howard County - Lake Elkhorn: Ignore the address listed. It is not for the lake.
    Columbia Association - Lakes
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    Mink Hollow RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mink Hollow Road, 0.8 mile north of Ashton Road (route 108), Highland, Maryland 20777. Launch on the northwest side of the Mink Hollow Road bridge over the Patuxent River. Howard County ADC map 5051 A4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 3, 2020

    NOTES: No restroom. No ramp. Narrow and slightly steep carry to the water. There is room for two vehicles right near the steep dropoff dirt launch to the river. Watch out for poison ivy.

    There is room for another four just across the river at parking lot. One word of caution for this four space lot...try to enter it on the side closest to the river unless your car has a lot of ground clearance.

    This launch site is about 3.3 miles from Brown's Bridge in Montgomery County but one can extend this trip by paddling upstream.

    BLOGS: June 3, 2020 and June 20, 2020
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    Old Columbia RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Old Columbia Road, 0.8 mile north of Gorman Road, Columbia, Maryland 21046. Howard County ADC map 5052 J4. See map.

    PHONE: 410-313-4700, Howard County Recreation & Parks Department

    DATE LAST UPDATED: December 26, 2012

    NOTES: This area is known as Gorman Stream Valley Natural Resource Area and Gorman Park. Access to the Middle Patuxent River. No restroom or ramp. This may be a slightly difficult launch since it really isn't a launch area.

    It is also the westernmost trailhead for the Gorman Stream Valley circuit hike. It is a nice place to go for an easy hike. If hiking, look for trails on either side of the river heading downstream.

    There is parking on both sides of the road south of the river with room for about ten vehicles. The best lot is here.

    In my opinion, the best place to put in is on the west side of the road at some rip rap. I don't know of anyone that has ever launched here except maybe Chip, who has launched everywhere. I don't recommend it unless it has been raining hard and then you'd better watch out for strainers.

    Rather than launch here, I recommend putting in upstream at Simpsonville. Regardless of whether you launch here or Simpsonville, I recommend taking out at Wincopin Park. Shortly after that, it becomes whitewater and then rough whitewater. I don't know where one can find water flow information for the Middle Patuxent River, but downstream of where it merges with the Little Patuxent River in Savage, water flow is measured at USGS 01594000 - Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD.

    BLOGS: April 27, 2014, April 13, 2019, and April 28, 2019
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    Old Frederick RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Southwest of where Old Frederick Road crosses over the Patapsco River, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043. Howard County ADC map 4816 D1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: December 8, 2018

    NOTES: Parking for about 16 vehicles here. No restroom. One can access trails on both sides of the river from here. Just be careful crossing the bridge since there is no room for pedestrians.

    BLOGS: February 3, 2019 (hiking blog with river photos)
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    Pig TailOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 5600 Green Bridge Road, Dayton, Maryland 21036. Howard County ADC map 4932 J7 or Montgomery County ADC map D9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Triadelphia Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled.

    Pay to launch. For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    This is site 98 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Pig Tail
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Triadelphia Map
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    Savage ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Where the River Trail and an unnamed trail meet in Savage Park, just downstream from the confluence of the Little Patuxent River and Middle Patuxent River, Savage, Maryland 20763. Howard County ADC map 5053 G9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 13, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the Little Patuxent River. Check river flow at USGS Real-Time Water Data at Little Patuxent River at Savage, MD. Ed Gertler mentions that one should have at least 3.8 feet and 90 cubic feet per second of discharge.

    The best place to park is at the Savage Mill Big Lot but this is just for Savage Mill customers. This is also the location for the closest restroom. If you do launch here or use the facilities, please spend some money at the mill.

    There is a big open area that is closer to the launch site. This is not accessible to public vehicles...only construction vehicles.

    You will definitely need a kayak cart. When taking out, look for the Savage Mill dam ruins, a good landmark. This is a good take out after putting in at Old Columbia Road. Don't put in here unless you are a skilled whitewater paddler because it gets really rough downstream.

    BLOGS: April 13, 2019
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    Scott's CoveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 11004 or 10845 Harding Road, Laurel or Scaggsville, Maryland 20723. I've seen combinations of these addresses used. Howard County ADC map 5052 H9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 30, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the Rocky Gorge Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This is part of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled.

    Porta-john and boat ramp available. Lots of parking on Harding Road.

    Pay to launch. For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    This is site 83 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 30, 2019 and June 30, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Scott's Cove
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Rocky Gorge Reservoir Map
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    SimpsonvilleOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Parking area on south side of Harriet Tubman Lane near Cedar Lane, Columbia, Maryland 21044. See Howard County ADC map 4934 H10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 28, 2019

    NOTES: This is my favorite launch site on the Middle Patuxent River. Carry down to a beach area under Cedar Lane. It is about two miles downstream to Old Columbia Road. It is about four miles upstream to route 108. Too much portaging and too strong of a current to paddle upstream more than a half mile. No restroom.

    Near route 32 (the first bridge, about 0.45 mile after launching), there is a two foot drop. Pull ashore on the northeast side (the left side) to scout things before continuing. Staying to the right will help you avoid a big rock just below the drop.

    Room for about nine vehicles at lot

    BLOGS: April 28, 2019 and June 6, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wikipedia - Simpsonville, Maryland
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    Swinging Bridge at Orange GroveOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Where River Road meets the Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove section of Patapsco Valley State Park, Elkridge, Maryland 21075. Howard County ADC map 4936 K2. See map.

    PHONE: 410-461-5005

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 25, 2012

    NOTES: Access to the Patapsco River. I've never seen anyone launch a kayak here and I have no idea if it is permitted. I'll assume it is until someone posts a sign indicating it isn't. There is a good amount of parking here and a restroom. Getting down to the water is not easy but doable.

    Consider taking out nine miles downstream at Southwest Area Park.

    This area overlaps significantly with the route where one puts in 1.8 miles downstream at Gun Road so check out my notes for this area as well.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Patapsco Valley State Park - Avalon/Orange Grove/Glen Artney Historic Sites
    Wikipedia - Patapsco Swinging Bridge
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    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • National Park Planner - C&O Canal Boat Ramp Map

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Angler's Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 12 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, south side of Macarthur Boulevard, 0.7 mile west of where Macarthur Boulevard and Brickyard road intersect, Potomac, Maryland 20854. Montgomery County ADC map 34 A12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 1, 2022

    NOTES: This place is sometimes called Anglers Canoe Launch. Access to lots of serious whitewater on the Potomac River.

    This place fills up fast on weekends so it is best to arrive early. Restroom available.

    Park across from Old Angler's Inn which resides at 10801 Macarthur Boulevard, Potomac, Maryland 20854. See map. Then carry your boat west on Berma Road and then south across Angler's Footbridge to the launch area for a total of 0.2 mile.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Biking routes - Anglers Inn
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Anglers Inn
    Paddle the Potomac - Old Anglers Wayside
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    Black Hill Regional Park - Boat RentalOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Park is located at 20920 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland 20841. Within the park, the beach is located just south of the Visitor Center which is at 20926 Lake Ridge Drive. Montgomery County ADC map 9 A13. See map.

    PHONE: 301-528-3466

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Cabin Branch and Little Seneca Creek. Pay to launch. Carry/cart your boat at least 0.1 mile to the beach. Or rent a boat. Parking for 50+ vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Montgomery Parks - Black Hill Regional Park - Boating and Fishing
    Montgomery Parks - Black Hill Regional Park - Boat Rentals
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    Black Hill Regional Park - Public RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Park is located at 20930 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland 20841. Within the park, the boat launch is located on the south side of Black Hills Road, on the north side of Cabin Branch. Montgomery County ADC map 9 A11. See map.

    PHONE: 301-495-2595

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Cabin Branch and Little Seneca Creek. Boat ramp. Parking for 25+ vehicles. Pay to launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Montgomery Parks - Black Hill Regional Park - Boating and Fishing
    Montgomery Parks - Black Hill Regional Park - Boat Rentals
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    Brown's Bridge - Montgomery CountyOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2200 Ednor Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20905. Montgomery County ADC map 23 A8, Howard County ADC map 5051 F7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 18, 2021

    NOTES: Also called Browns Bridge. Access to the Rocky Gorge Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This is part of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled. Porta-john. Ramp. One can paddle about 1.3 miles upstream on the Patuxent River before having to portage over some riffles.

    Parking for ~12 vehicles on the northwest side of Ednor Road just across the entrance for the boat launch. Here, you will find an old maintenance road that parallels the river on the west side of the lot. Smaller hiking trails branch off from this maintenance road, loop back to it, or lead to the water.

    One can paddle about 1.3 miles upstream on the Patuxent River before having to portage over some riffles if the water is low.

    Consider launching from Mink Hollow Road and paddling about three miles to Brown's Bridge.

    For information about purchasing permits for launching or hiking, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    This is site 90 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: June 3, 2020 and June 20, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Rocky Gorge Reservoir - Brown's Bridge
    Patuxent Water Trail - Browns Bridge Launch - Rocky Gorge Reservoir
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Rocky Gorge Reservoir Map
    Martins Kayak - Paddling Rocky Gorge Reservoir
    Paddling.net - Rocky Gorge Reservoir
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    Edwards FerryOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 31 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, southwest of the southwest end of Edwards Ferry Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837. Montgomery County ADC map 24 E3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 4, 2010

    NOTES: Also called Edward's Ferry. Access to Potomac River. Boat ramp. Drinking water at mile 26 and 30.5 on towpath. Porta-john at mile 30.5. Parking for 14. Be careful of potholes near parking lot.

    Located near C&O Canal Trust Lockhouse 25.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Edwards Ferry Boat Ramp
    Potomac River Guide - Edwards Ferry
    C&O Canal Trust - Lock 25 Edward's Ferry
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    Great Falls Visitor CenterOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 14.4 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, 11710 Macarthur Boulevard, Potomac, Maryland 20854. Montgomery County ADC map 33 H9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-767-3714

    DATE LAST UPDATED: February 1, 2022

    NOTES: Calm water paddling on the C&O Canal. Pay to enter. Restroom available. Not sure of the best place to launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Biking routes - Great Falls
    National Park Service - Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
    National Park Planner - Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
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    Green BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 310 Green Bridge Road, Brookeville, Maryland 20833. Montgomery County ADC map 13 C11. Howard County ADC map 4932 H9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 9, 2020

    NOTES: Some maps call this site Greenbridge. Southermost access to the Triadelphia Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. Porta-john and boat ramp. Lots of parking including an overflow lot slightly uphill and west of the main lot. This is part of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled. Be sure to visit the Brighton Dam Azalea Garden which is only two miles away.

    For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    This is site 97 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: June 9, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Green Bridge
    Patuxent Water Trail - Green Bridge
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Triadelphia Map
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    Lock 5 Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 5 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, off Ridge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20816. 156 feet south of the Ridge Drive and 61st Street intersection, follow a road that heads south to Lock 5. Montgomery County ADC map 40 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the C&O Canal and the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Lock 5
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    Lock 10 Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 10 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, off the eastbound side of the Clara Barton Parkway, 0.5 mile east of northbound highway 495, Cabin John, Maryland 20818. Montgomery County ADC map 40 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the C&O Canal and the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Lock 10
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    LOCATION: Near mile 16.7 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, 10700 Swains Lock Road,, Potomac, Maryland 20854. Montgomery County ADC map 33 J3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Calm water paddling on the C&O Canal.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Lock 21 Canoe Launch
    Horse Hints - Kayaking Swain's Lock #21
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    Lock 22 - PennyfieldOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 19.6 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, 0.1 mile southeast of the southeast end of Pennyfield Lock Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854. Montgomery County ADC map 27 B12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the C&O Canal and the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Lock 22 Canoe Launch
    American Whitewater - Violettes Lock to Pennyfield Lock
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    Lock 23 - Violettes LockOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 22 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, south end of Violettes Lock Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854. Montgomery County ADC map 26 F9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 14, 2019

    NOTES: Sometimes spelled Violette's Lock. Access to the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Two porta-johns available. Parking for about 17 vehicles. This site is special in that it has a small gravel boat ramp for those who wish to paddle in the canal. One can also carry your boat a short distance west on the towpath and launch on a nice flatwater section of the Potomac River, just upstream of Dam 2.

    BLOGS: October 14, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Lock 23
    American Whitewater - Violettes Lock to Pennyfield Lock
    Canal Trust - Lock 23 - Violettes Lock
    Paddling.com - Potomac River at Violette's Lock in Maryland
    Still Waters Run Deep at Seneca Slackwater
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    Seneca Creek State Park - Clopper LakeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. The boat launch area is in the park at the end of an unmarked road on the south side of Seneca Creek Road, just south of the Pines Picnic area and west of the boat center. It is also on the northcentral side of Clopper Lake. Montgomery County ADC map 18 G8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-924-2127

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Clopper Lake. Rental watercraft available. Private small watercraft may be launched at the hand-launch area. Restrooms available.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Seneca Creek State Park
    Maryland DNR - Seneca Creek State Park - Boat Center
    Wikipedia - Seneca Creek State Park
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    Seneca Landing ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 23 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath and Rileys Lockhouse, on Rileys Lock Road, a half mile south of the intersection of Rileys Lock Road, River Road, and Seneca Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837. Montgomery County ADC map 26 D9.

    PHONE: 301-495-2595

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 4, 2013

    NOTES: Access to Seneca Creek and the Potomac River. The boat ramp will be on the west with parking on the east, immediately across from the ramp. Parking for about 40 vehicles.

    Heading downstream on Seneca Creek will put you on the Potomac River. Heading east (downstream) on the Potomac will quickly take you to class 3 whitewater rapids (as told to me by a local boater). West (upstream) on the Potomac is very calm.

    Porta-john at north end of lot. Water fountain and picnic tables at towpath. Drinking water at mile 26 and 30.5 on towpath. Porta-john at mile 30.5.

    There are numerous places one can launch a kayak further upstream on Seneca Creek. None of these are nice beach launches. But at least you will find parking nearby. You'll only want to use a plastic boat or something you don't mind getting scratched up.

    It is recommended that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 01645000 Seneca Creek at Dawsonville, Maryland gauge read at least 2.2 feet before you launch though my personal experience is that it you'll still be scraping bottom at such levels.

    The following Seneca Creek launch sites appear in order of location from downstream to upstream. The riverkeeper and various volunteers do their best to help keep the creek accessible to kayakers. Paddlers should have good control and maneuverability to get through narrow openings and around rocks in a moderately strong downstream current. I list mileages from where Seneca Creeks meets the Potomac River.
  • Berryville Road: 2.2 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 26 F5. Just upstream from this location is a small dam that one can paddle over though I recommend scouting it on foot first.
  • Darnestown Road (route 28): 6.9 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 17 E11. There is a dam here at the launch site along with some nice graffiti under the bridge. Launch on the south side of the road. Depending on which map you have, upstream of Darnestown Road, the tributary to follow is Great Seneca Creek which goes to the east.
  • Black Rock Road: 8.8 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 17 H11 on Great Seneca Creek. This is a popular family gathering place. You can launch from the northwest or the southeast side. The Black Rock Grain Mill is on the southwest side. This dates back to 1815.
  • Germantown Road (route 118): 10.2 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 18 A12. Launch area is on the southwest side.
  • Riffle Ford Road: 12.9 miles upstream from the mouth at Montgomery County ADC map 18 E10. Launch area is on the southwest side. Pull into a rocky road to drop off your boat. Plenty of parking on the side of the road. There are a couple of steep drop-offs down to the water. If the water is very high, you might want to launch downstream at another area on the south side. There is supposedly a short connector trail to this launch area.

  • The downstream current on Seneca Creek and Great Seneca Creek is strong enough so that except in the last couple miles from the mouth, you'll want to do a one way trip. Hence, you'll need to shuttle. Consider making this a hike shuttle along the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail.

    Seneca Landing Park is the home of Calleva Outdoor Adventures.

    Consider the biking/kayaking between Edwards Ferry and Seneca Landing Park.

    BLOGS: July 4, 2010 and July 4, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: River Explorer - Seneca Landing Boat Ramp
    Montgomery Parks - Seneca Landing Special Park
    Montgomery Parks - Montgomery Parks Completes Fully Accessible Boat Launch at Seneca Landing
    National Park Planner - Seneca Landing Boat Ramp
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    Sycamore LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 27.2 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath at the south end of Sycamore Landing Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837. Montgomery County ADC map 25 B8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 29, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. This site borders the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. This is a less than mediocre place to launch. There is a small gravel parking lot that holds about five vehicles. You'll have to carry your boat about 120 feet to the water. Watch out for bicycles as you cross the C&O Towpath. Carry your boat down some decrepit wooden stairs to a dirt launch area. No restroom. Launch site is just across from Van Deventer Island which is owned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

    BLOGS: September 29, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sugarloaf Regional Trails - Potomac Bottomlands Trail
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    Triadelphia Lake Recreation AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 2601 Triadelphia Lake Road, Brookeville, Maryland 20833. Montgomery County ADC map 12 H5. Howard County ADC map 4932 D3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-206-7485

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 9, 2020

    NOTES: Access to the Triadelphia Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This is part of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed. Boat ramp and porta-john. Parking for about 15 vehicles. This is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled. This is the most upstream launch site on the Triadelphia Reservoir so it is the best place to launch if you want to paddle upstream to the scenic Cattail Creek.

    For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    This is site 101 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: June 9, 2020 and July 3, 2020

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Triadelphia Lake Recreation Area
    Patuxent Water Trail - Triadelphia Recreation Area
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Triadelphia Map
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    White's FerryOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Near mile 35.5 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath at 24801 Whites Ferry Road, Dickerson, Maryland 20842. Montgomery County ADC map 14 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-349-5200

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Porta-johns available. Parking for about 30 vehicles. Wide, well maintained boat ramp. Pay to launch.

    I don't know if it is still in operation but there was a ferry that could take cars and bicycles across the river for a fee. There is a store and restaurant near the launch area.

    Historic White's Ferry was first authorized by an act of the General Assembly of Maryland entered January 19, 1782. It is the only public ferry operating on the Potomac River or its tributaries. The name of the ferry is the General Jubal A. Early.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: C&O Canal Trust - White's Ferry
    Poolesville - White's Ferry
    White's Ferry Store & Grill
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    Prince George's CountyOpen accordion icon
    This county is bordered on the northeast and east by the Patuxent River and on the west by the Potomac River, so naturally it has several access points for these bodies of water.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • PG Parks - Patuxent River Park - Boat Ramps and Canoe/Kayak Launches
  • Salt Chef - Prince George's

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Bladensburg Waterfront ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710. Prince George's County ADC map 12 D7 or map 5529 K1, Metro Washington, DC ADC map 11 D7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-779-0371

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 1, 2023

    NOTES: This location is a Mecca for outdoor activity in an urban environment. It is a great place to access the Anacostia River Trail which is paved and runs into Washington D.C.

    Boat ramp and restroom available.

    They rent boats, bikes, and fishing rods. A lot of outfitters go out of business quickly but this place is run by the county so I expect they will be around awhile.

    Turning left from Annapolis Road (route 450) into the park is extremely difficult when traffic is heavy. Instead, it is better to continue straight onto Bladensburg Road across the river, turn left at 41st Avenue (which has a traffic light), make the first left on Newark Road, turn left on 43rd Avenue, then turn right on Bladensburg Road so you can make a right turn into the park.

    Paddle 2.3 miles south to National Arboretum on the right (west) or 2 miles south to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on left (east). It is eight miles south to the Potomac River from the park.

    Paddling north, you'll be lucky to get one mile before you start scraping bottom. Both the Northwest and Northeast Branches are man-made and lined with boulders. Nothing interesting or scenic north of where the branches split. A small dam will require portage at Rhode Island Avenue on the Northwest Branch.

    I suggest timing your trip with the high tide. You can paddle at low tide but it isn't as pretty and you won't get far on any tributaries.

    Expect to see a lot of litter. If you can ignore it, the place is quite attractive.

    BLOGS: May 20, 2007, July 11, 2010, August 22, 2010, July 14, 2018, July 25, 2019, August 30, 2020, and June 1, 2023 trip reports.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: MNCPPC - Bladensburg Waterfront Park
    High Tide and Exotic Blooms
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    Cash Lake Fishing Area - Patuxent Research RefugeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Laurel-Bowie Road (route 197), 0.2 mile west of where route 197 meets Old Laurel Bowie Road. Prince George's County ADC map 5290 D5. Floating pier for launch at map.

    PHONE: July 29, 2023

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to northeast side of Cash Lake in Patuxent Research Refuge - South Tract - National Wildlife Visitor Center. Big gravel parking lot. Restroom at map.

    You can fish and see beautiful water lilies in the summer but you can't paddle far.

    BLOGS: July 29, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fishing - Patuxent Research Refuge
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    Cedar Haven Fishing AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 18400 Phyllis Wheatly Boulevard, Eagle Harbor, Maryland 20608. Prince George's County ADC map 6120 A8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Located just south of Jacks Creek and north of Trueman Point. Access to the Patuxent River. This is site 26 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Cedar Haven Fishing Area
    MNCPPC - Cedar Haven Fishing Area
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    Clyde Watson Boating Area / Magruders FerryOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 17901 Magruder's Ferry Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613. Prince George's County ADC map 42 A9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2018

    NOTES: This area is sometimes called Clyde E. Watson Boating Area, Magruders Ferry, Magruder's Ferry, or McGruder Landing. It is part of Patuxent River Park.

    Restrooms, picnic tables, boat ramp, and parking for about 25 vehicles. Provides access to the Patuxent River. 1.3 miles upstream to Lower Marlboro Wharf/Pier. 1.6 miles downstream to Kings Landing Park. 10.75 miles paddling distance to Jackson's Landing, 10 miles paddling distance to Selbys Landing. About a half mile downstream from the Clyde Watson Boating Area is the Milltown Landing Canoe Campsite.

    This is site 31 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    Launching from here, it is 20 miles to Hallowing Point if you don't explore the tributaries.

    BLOGS: September 30, 2012 and April 14, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: PG Parks - Clyde Watson Boating Area
    Patuxent Water Trail - Clyde E. Watson Boating Area
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    Farmington LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 14100 Wharf Road at the north end in Piscataway Park, Accokeek, Maryland 20607. Prince George's County ADC map 23 C12 or map 5880 H9. Also check out Charles County map 2 K2. See map.

    PHONE: Department of Natural Resources 877-260-8367

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Dirt parking lot holds about 12. No ramp. Gravel and grass beach launch. No restroom. Watch for fishing lines. Access to the south side of Piscataway Creek. Paddle left (west) to reach the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Service - Farmington Landing
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    Fort Washington MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 13600 King Charles Terrace, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. Prince George's County ADC map 30 A11 or map 5880 F8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-292-7700

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the north side of Piscataway Creek. The marina has two boat ramps.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Service - Fort Washington Marina
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    Governor Bridge Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 7600 Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, Maryland 20716. Prince George's County or Anne Arundel County map 5413 J8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 29, 2019

    NOTES: The launch area has parking for about 4 vehicles. It is site 58 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. You'll need the combination to the locked gate to drive your vehicle on the dirt road that leads to the water. Call the above phone number and inform the park staff that you want to drive to the launch site and they will give you the combo.

    The park has 2 porta-johns, parking for about 20 vehicles in the main lot, and about 2.65 miles of hiking trails.

    To monitor river conditions in this area, see U.S. Geological Survey Real-Time Water Data (Patuxent River near Bowie). Ed Gertler says you need at least 4.1 feet of water as listed on this survey. I strongly suggest bringing a lopper and saw to get past downfalls. Expect some light portaging.

    BLOGS: March 31, 2009, August 25, 2013, August 24, 2019, and August 29, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Governor Bridge
    MNCPPC - Governor Bridge Natural Area & Canoe Launch
    Patuxent Water Trail map
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    Iron Pot LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 6900 Green Landing Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Prince George's County ADC map 5769 E3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 5, 2023

    NOTES: Sometimes "Iron Pot" appears as one word, "Ironpot." It is located a mile upstream from the mouth of Western Branch and Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park on the east side of the river. This is site 44A on Camp Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Not a launch site, just a campsite. It features a porta-john, picnic table, fire ring, pier, and floating kayak/canoe launch. Reservations are required for camping, but if unoccupied, it also makes a great rest stop.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Iron Pot Landing
    Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park - Prime Real Estate
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    Jacksons LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 16000 Croom Airport Road in Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Prince George's County ADC map 5769 G7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 2, 2022

    NOTES: I've seen this written as "Jacksons Landing," "Jackson's Landing," and "Jackson Landing." The only thing consistent is "Landing."

    Porta-john near the boat ramp and regular restroom near the visitor center.

    They say they open at 0800 but I've been there as early as 0715 and been able to get in.

    Be careful driving up or down to the water since the road to it is narrow and it is hard to see oncoming traffic. I suggest turning on your headlights for this part.

    This is one of the first places I paddled once I bought a kayak. It is still one of my favorites. It is in Patuxent River Park, which is a place I go to when I want to be surrounded by nature. Unfortunately, they aren't open as early or as late as I would like. So I often end up going to Patuxent Wetlands Park instead.

    If you paddle upstream (north), the river will split after about a mile. Veer right (east) to stay on the main part of the river. Heading left (west) will take you to the Western Branch and to Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, which is just after the split on the left. About a mile upstream from Mount Calvert on the Western Branch is Iron Pot Landing. 1.6 miles upstream from the mouth of Western Branch, you'll come to a bridge at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) water filtration plant. Paddling much further beyond this may be difficult due to fallen trees but with just one portage, I was able to get 0.7 miles upstream of the bridge at high tide.

    You can rent kayaks and canoes here. The park sometimes has aquatic activities that start from Jacksons Landing. Several years ago, I got them to transport a bunch of kayaks to Patuxent Wetlands Park and let a group of us paddle downstream to Jacksons Landing.

    This is site 42 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    Selbys Landing is 1.5 miles south (downstream) from Jacksons Landing.

    BLOGS: April 14, 2007, March 25-28, 2007, March 31, 2007, April 5, 2008, March 27, 2009, April 4, 2009, April 6, 2013, April 17, 2013, July 10, 2016, June 29, 2019, July 2, 2022, and September 30, 2023.
    I've spent a lot of time here, partly because I've participated in lots of river cleanups.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Patuxent River Park - Visitor Center
    Patuxent Water Trail - Jackson's Landing
    Paddleboarding through Nature around Washington, D.C.
    Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park - Prime Real Estate

    Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 16801 Mount Calvert Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Prince George's County ADC map 5769 F5. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-1286

    DATE LAST UPDATED: May 5, 2023

    NOTES: Access to Western Branch and the Patuxent River.

    Designated the first seat of Prince George's County, Maryland in 1696 and named "Charles Town," this location was home to several taverns, shops, and a courthouse, then a large tobacco plantation.

    Mount Calvert is a brick plantation house built around 1789 on a hill opened to the public on May 20, 2005. It has a grassy area where one can launch, land, and stop for a break.

    This place is located mile upstream from Jacksons Landing.

    Mount Calvert is run by Patuxent River Park.

    The grounds of Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park are open every day from dawn until approximately one hour before sunset for drive-in, walk-in, or paddle-in visitors. Guests are also welcome to launch canoes, kayaks, and SUPs at the new soft launch on Western Branch. Paddlers are permitted to drive to the small beach to load or unload their boats and then park vehicles at the top of the hill. Swimming, fishing, and launching boat trailers are prohibited.
    - from MNCPPC - Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park - Plan Your Visit

    About a mile upstream from Mount Calvert on the Western Branch is Iron Pot Landing. After another 0.6 mile you'll come to a bridge at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) water filtration plant. Paddling much further beyond this may be difficult due to fallen trees but with just one portage, I was able to get 0.7 miles upstream of the bridge at high tide.

    You can drive right up to the soft launch and drop off your boat at the beach, but you’ll have to return back to the top of the hill to park and then walk 800 feet on the gravel road back down to the water. Since fishing is not allowed and trailered boats cannot launch here, Mount Calvert tends to be less busy than Jacksons Landing.

    There is no restroom access unless the building is open.

    This is site 44 on Points of Interest along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: July 2, 2022 and September 30, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: MNCPPC - Mount Calvert Museum and Historic Site
    Patuxent Water Trail - Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park
    Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park - Prime Real Estate
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    Milltown Landing Canoe CampsiteOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 17403 Milltown Landing Road, Brandywine, MD 20613. Prince George's County ADC map 6001 K9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: This is a paddle-in campsite with a restroom, fire pit, picnic table, and beach landing. Access to the Patuxent River. Reservations required.

    This site is due east of the hunter parking lot at the end of Milltown Landing Road. When Milltown Landing Road splits, take the right side. It will turn into a poorly maintained dirt road with "no trespassing" signs. You'll need to make sure you have approval from the park before proceeding down this dirt road. Don't try driving on this road with a nice car or if the road is muddy.

    If arriving by boat, launch from the Clyde Watson Boating Area, paddle a half mile downstream, and look for a "no swimming" and/or "site 30" sign on the right.

    A half mile further downstream on the right is the scenic and natural Black Swamp Creek which as of April 2005 has a large heron rookery on the north side of the creek. Keep in mind that this rookery is protected and not open to visitors though you will be able to see activity from your boat. Just paddle as far west as possible on Black Swamp Creek. Bring binoculars since it is still a good distance away.

    Just northeast from the mouth of Black Swamp Creek is Cocktown Creek. This is another scenic stream which is more wooded than Black Swamp Creek.

    Several years ago, five men were hired by a woman to kill her husband. They weighted down the body and threw it into Black Swamp Creek. At low tide, the body was easily found a few days later. The men were apprehended though one hid out in a barn in the area of the canoe campsite. A SWAT team had to be called in to capture him. The moral of the story is to make sure you check the water depth and tide tables before you dump a dead body.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Milltown Landing
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    National Colonial Farm at Piscataway ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Maryland 20607. Prince George's County ADC map 5879 K9.

    PHONE: 301-283-2113

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: The park has various short hiking trails, docking facilities for both small and large vessels, kayak launching ramps, and a shoreline landing spot for water recreation. There are kayak launches at both the Saylor Grove fishing pier and the boat dock. Access to the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Accokeek Foundation - Piscataway Park - Potomac River Access
    Accokeek Foundation - Piscataway Park - National Colonial Farm
    National Park Service - Piscataway - National Colonial Farm
    National Park Service - Piscataway - Outdoor Activities
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    National HarborOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 165 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745. Just south of the southern tip of the Washington, D.C. beltway (highway 495) on the east side of the Potomac River. Prince George's County ADC map 5764 H5. See map.

    PHONE: 877-628-5427

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River.

    I seriously debated whether or not to include this launch site. Why? According to Paddle the Potomac - National Harbor: A Good Paddle Isn't a Gamble:
    Launching your own boat at National Harbor is not recommended - the National Harbor Marina does not allow private boats to be launched from the dock.
    But I decided to include this because unlike places like the Baltimore Inner Harbor, this place actually rents kayaks and SUPs, not just paddleboats.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Harbor
    Boating in D.C. - National Harbor
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    Patuxent RiverkeeperOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 17412 Nottingham Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Prince George's County ADC map 5885 H7. See map.

    PHONE: 855-725-2925

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 27, 2019

    NOTES: Kayak rentals available. This place does not lock up so you can launch anytime. Just put your fee in the money box on the downstream side of the house (right, if facing water). There is a fixed pier and a floating pier for launching. It is a steep walk down to the water. You might want to bring a kayak cart. Parking for 10+ vehicles. A staff member told me if you launch at another place, feel free to stop there to use the restroom. Access to the Patuxent River.

    This is site 37 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: July 27, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Riverkeeper
    Patuxent Water Trail - Nottingham Patuxent Riverkeeper Center
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    Queen Anne Canoe LaunchOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Patuxent River 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774. Prince George's County ADC map 5534 B9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: April 7, 2012

    NOTES: Access to the upper Patuxent River. Entry is restricted by a locked gate. Call the above phone number to get the combination. Pleae lock the gate behind you. Drive 0.25 mile to the launch area. Parking for about 10 vehicles. Porta-john. There is a nice aluminum pier for launching. This is site 52 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: April 7, 2012

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: MNCPPC - Queen Anne Natural Area & Canoe Launch
    Patuxent Water Trail - Queen Anne Canoe Launch Patuxent River Park
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    Selbys LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: East end of Croom Airport Road in Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Prince George's County ADC map 5769 G10. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 2, 2022

    NOTES: I've seen this written as "Selbys Landing" and "Selby's Landing." Access to the Patuxent River.

    Porta-john near the boat ramp.

    They say this place opens at 0800 but I've been there a little earlier...0740. But in 2022, the gate was still closed at 0715.

    This is one of the first places I paddled once I bought a kayak. It is still one of my favorites. It is in Patuxent River Park, which is a place I go to when I want to be surrounded by nature. Unfortunately, they aren't open as early or as late as I would like. So I often end up going to Patuxent Wetlands Park instead.

    About a quarter of a mile to the right (south) of the ramp you'll encounter Mattaponi Creek which is an ideal nature area. It is 1.75 miles from Selbys Landing to the bridge over Mattaponi Creek.

    About 0.8 mile southeast of Selbys Landing is Lyons Creek, another scenic nature paddle. One can go up this about 1.75 miles. Just across and slightly downstream from Selbys Landing is House Creek which one can go up 0.7 mile. All of these are extremely scenic. There is no tree cover on House Creek.

    Jacksons Landing is 1.5 miles north (upstream) from Selbys Landing.

    This is site 40 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: April 14, 2007, June 25, 2011, March 17, 2012, April 25, 2016, June 22, 2017, June 24, 2017, September 28, 2018, March 31, 2024, and April 26, 2024

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hiking Trails - Patuxent River Park
    Patuxent Water Trail - Selby's Landing
    Paddleboarding through Nature around Washington, D.C.

    Spice Creek CampsiteOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: About 1.6 miles downstream of the Patuxent Riverkeper. Prince George's County ADC map 5885 H2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Located where Spice Creek and the Patuxent River meet. This is site 35A on Camp Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Not a launch site, but rather a good place to pull over to take a break.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Spice Creek
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    SuppleeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 16904 Supplee Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707; Prince George's County ADC map 5168 J1. See map.

    PHONE: See WSSC - Contact Us Directory

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 23, 2020

    NOTES: Porta-john, boat ramp, and lots of parking. Access to Rocky Gorge Reservoir which is a section of the Patuxent River. This areas is part of the T. Howard Duckett Watershed. It is a good place for training since the conditions are so controlled.

    One can also do a nice circuit hike starting from here.

    This is site 82 on the Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    Pay to launch. For information about purchasing permits, see WSSC - Watershed Recreation User Program.

    BLOGS: June 23, 2020 and August 30, 2020 (hiking)

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Patuxent Water Trail - Supplee
    WSSC - Watershed Regulations
    WSSC - Rocky Gorge Reservoir Map
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    White Oak LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Merkle Natural Resources Management Area. Prince George's County ADC map 5885 H2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-627-6074

    DATE LAST UPDATED: June 2016

    NOTES: Located on Mataponi Creek, a tributary of the Patuxent River. This is site 40A on Camp Sites along the Patuxent River Trail. Not really a launch site, but rather a good place to pull over to take a break or set up camp.

    BLOGS: June 25, 2011 and April 25, 2016

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - White Oak Landing
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    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Saint Mary's County Recreation and Parks - Public Landings
  • Salt Chef - Saint Mary's County
  • St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks - Guide to Public Boating Access

  • See map for launch sites in the county.

    Abell's WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21620 Abell's Wharf Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Saint Mary's County ADC map 15 K10. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Breton Bay. Supposedly, there is an Indian Village Archaeological Park just east of the launch site but I have been able to learn nothing about it.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Abell's Wharf
    National Park Service - McIntosh Run Trail: Port of Leonardtown Park to Abell's Wharf
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Beauvue Ponds and Abell's Wharf
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    Bushwood WharfOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 36803 Bushwood Wharf Road (route 239), Bushwood, Maryland 20618. Follow road to its west end. Saint Mary's County ADC map 13 F6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Also known as Robert E. Pogue Memorial Park. Boat ramp and porta-john present.

    Access to Bushwood Cove and the Wicomico River on the western shore. This should not be confused with the river of the same name on the eastern shore.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Bushwood Wharf
    National Park Service - Potomac Heritage - Wicomico River Trail: Wicomico Shores Landing to Bushwood Wharf
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    Buzz's MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 49675 Buzz's Marina Way (east end), Ridge, Maryland 20680. Saint Mary's County ADC map 30 C13. See map.

    PHONE: 301-247-7887

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Southern Prong and Saint Jerome Creek. Boat ramp. As of 2023, they charge five dollars for kayaks to launch.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Buzz's Marina
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    Camp Calvert LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 22530 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Saint Mary's County ADC map 16 B6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: October 28, 2019

    NOTES: Access to McIntosh Run. Very few parking spaces. No restroom. Beach launch that is easier to launch than at Leonardtown Wharf Park but nowhere near as much parking.

    BLOGS: November 19, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Autumn Kayaking on McIntosh Run and Breton Bay
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    Cather MarineOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 38270 Palmer Road, Coltons Point, Maryland 20626. Saint Mary's County ADC map 20 C2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-769-3335

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Saint Patrick Creek. I spoke to someone that works there on June 17, 2022. $5 per boat ramp launch. Park across the street. Good access to Saint Clements Island State Park which is only accessible by boat.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Cather Marine
    Following in the Footsteps of the Maryland Dove
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    Chancellor's Point Natural History AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At west end of an unnamed road near 18171 Rosecroft Road, Saint Mary's City, Maryland 20686. Saint Mary's County ADC map 29 A1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Saint Mary's River. I was told one can launch from a sandy beach. This should not be confused with Chancellor's Run Regional Park which is nowhere nearby.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Historic St. Mary's City - Chancellor's Point
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    Chaptico Wharf Recreation AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 23975 Old Chaptico Wharf Road, Maddox, Maryland 20621. Saint Mary's County ADC map 7 B11. Charles County ADC map 37 G4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Boat ramp, pier, seasonal portable toilet and picnic tables. Parking lot with 15 parking spaces and room for trailers.

    Watch for fishermen and stay away from fishing lines.

    Access to the Wicomico River on the western shore. This should not be confused with the river of the same name on the eastern shore.

    BLOGS: July 6, 2008

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Chaptico Wharf
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Chaptico Wharf
    National Park Service - Potomac Heritage - Wicomico River Trail: Wicomico Shores Landing to Bushwood Wharf
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    Clarke's Landing Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 45417 Clarkes Landing Road, Hollywood, Maryland 20636. Saint Mary's County ADC map 12 A9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 24, 2019

    NOTES: Sometimes this site is called Clark's Landing. Access to Cuckhold Creek, Mill Creek, and the Patuxent River. Ramp, no beach, no restroom. Parking for 12 if no trailers. Expect lots of boat traffic.

    This is site 5 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 24, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Clarke's Landing
    The Bay Net - County to debut improvements at Clarke's Landing boat ramp
    Patuxent Water Trail - Clark's Landing
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    Coltons Point MarinaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 38000 Kopels Road, Coltons Point, Maryland 20626. Saint Mary's County ADC map 20 C2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-769-3121

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored. $10 ramp fee or $75 for annual pass as of June 2022.

    NOTES: Access to Saint Patrick Creek.

    Good access to Saint Clements Island State Park which is only accessible by boat.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Coltons Point Marina
    Following in the Footsteps of the Maryland Dove
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    Elm's Beach ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 19350 Back Door Road (north end), Lexington Park, Maryland 20653. Saint Mary's County ADC map 26 B9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-475-4200

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Chesapeake Bay. No ramp. Not sure of the best place to put in but I'm guessing it would be the closest beach. Expect to carry or cart your boat 350 feet.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Elm's Beach Park
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    Forrest LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 44600 Forest Landing Road (east end), Hollywood, Maryland 20636. Saint Mary's County ADC map 11 G6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Sometimes this place is called Forest Landing. Access to Forrest Landing Cove and Cuckhold Creek.

    This is site 6 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Forrest Landing
    Patuxent Water Trail - Forest Landing Recreational Area
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    LOCATION: 20228 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills, Maryland 20634. Saint Mary's County ADC map 24 B2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 3, 2021

    NOTES: Access to the upper Saint Marys River. Park at lot. It is a 6.5-mile roundtrip goes from the launch site to the Tippity Whichity Island...if you can get there. I tried on July 3, 2021 and failed miserably. This is a pretty nice launch site but nobody clears the downfalls (which can be significant) so you can't get very far downstream. Upstream is too shallow.

    BLOGS: July 3, 2021

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Great Mills Canoe & Kayak Launch
    National Park Service - Potomac Heritage - Upper St. Mary's River Trail: Great Mills Launch to St. Mary's City
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    Greenwell State ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood, Maryland 20636. Saint Mary's County ADC map 11 H3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-872-5688

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 24, 2019

    NOTES: Located on the Patuxent River. Entrance fee paid via honor system box. Restrooms at launch area. Room for about 20 vehicles at the parking lot.

    Carry your boat down to the water. There is an aluminum pier with a narrow ramp in the middle for kayaks. Be careful, this ramp grows algae and is VERY slippery but it has a handrail. There are several boats at the launch area that are either for rent or for organized group activities.

    Launch here if you want to paddle to Historic Sotterley Plantation or look for shark teeth at Sotterley Point.

    This is site 9 on Points of Interest along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 24, 2019 and August 30, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Greenwell State Park
    Patuxent Water Trail - Greenwell State Park
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    Leonardtown Wharf ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: At the south end of Washington Street, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Saint Mary's County ADC map 16 A6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-475-9791

    DATE LAST UPDATED: November 19, 2019

    NOTES: Access to Breton Bay. This place has a nice restroom and is a good picnic stop. Gravel ramp. If you plan to explore the scenic McIntosh Run, time your visit for the high tide.

    It is about 5.5 miles to McIntosh Run / Port of Leonardtown Park and back.

    BLOGS: September 25, 2010, November 19, 2019, and August 5, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit Leonardtown - Leonardtown Wharf
    Autumn Kayaking on McIntosh Run and Breton Bay
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    McIntosh Run / Port of Leonardtown ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 23190 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Saint Mary's County ADC map 15 H3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-690-2192

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 5, 2023

    NOTES: Access to the scenic McIntosh Run. Boat ramp and parking for about 20 vehicles. You can drive to the gravel boat ramp to drop off your gear and then park.

    Try to time your launch and/or return within an hour of high tide. At high tide, you probably won't need to portage but at low tide you will need to do a few minor portages. No fee to launch.

    This launch site has a park, the Port of Leonardtown Winery, and PAC Outfitters, where you can rent kayaks.

    There is a public restroom in the building where the outfitter resides.

    McIntosh run opens up big and wide at Breton Bay.

    It is about 5.5 miles to Leonardtown Wharf Park and back.

    BLOGS: September 25, 2010, November 19, 2019, July 2, 2021, and August 5, 2023

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Port of Leonardtown Park/Mcintosh Run
    National Park Service - McIntosh Run Trail: Port of Leonardtown Park to Abell's Wharf
    Leonardtown Winery, Wharf, and Water Trail
    Autumn Kayaking on McIntosh Run and Breton Bay
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    Myrtle Point ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 24050 Patuxent Boulevard, California, Maryland 20619. Saint Mary's County ADC map 12 C11. See map.

    PHONE: 301-475-4200

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 24, 2019

    NOTES: Access to the Patuxent River. Watch out for fishing lines. Expect lots of boat traffic.

    Porta-johns and parking for about 12 at lot. Beach is about 300 feet from parking lot.

    This is site 4 on Launch Sites along the Patuxent River Trail

    BLOGS: August 24, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St Mary's - Myrtle Point Waterfront Park
    Birder's Guide to Maryland & DC - Myrtle Point Park
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    Newtowne NeckOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 21550 Newtowne Neck Road (route 243), Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Saint Mary's County ADC map 15 B11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Saint Nicholas Creek and Breton Bay. Parking for 14.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Paddle the Potomac - A Near New World Adventure at Newtowne Neck
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    Paul Ellis LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 37385 Paul Ellis Road (southwest end), Avenue, Maryland. Saint Mary's County ADC map 13 J12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 31, 2017

    NOTES: Access to Whites Neck Creek at the mouth of the Wicomico River. Parking for about four vehicles or two with trailers. No restroom. Minimalist ramp. If parking fills up here, launch at River Springs Landing.

    BLOGS: July 31, 2017

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Paul Ellis Landing
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Paul Ellis Landing
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    Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 44740 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point, Maryland 20674. Saint Mary's County ADC map 27 G7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-994-1471

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: I saw the announcement for this launch site on Facebook on March 9, 2022. They say to call the museum for information on hours of use. It appears to be a nice floating pier with a ramp and assist bars for getting into and out of your kayak. Looking at the photo, I can't quite tell where it is in relation to the park.

    Constructed in 1836, this lighthouse is one of only four in existence today on the Potomac River, and the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac.

    As with most all lighthouses, this one was built on a very exposed point. So it is subject to rough water, depending on which way the wind blows. This would be a very good place to launch if you want to explore Piney Point Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park
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    Piney Point Recreation AreaOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 17139 Piney Point Road, Piney Point, Maryland 20674. Saint Mary's County ADC map 28 B7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: July 19, 2015

    NOTES: Access to Saint George Creek and the Potomac River. Two boat ramps, three porta-johns, and parking for 30 vehicles.

    BLOGS: July 19, 2015

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Piney Point Landing
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    Point Lookout - CreekOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Parking lot entrance is on the west side of Point Lookout Road (route 5), 1.3 miles south of the Park Office in Point Lookout State Park, Scotland, Maryland 20687. Saint Mary's County ADC map 31 H9. See map.

    PHONE: 301-872-5688

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 22, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Point Lookout Creek which connects to the mouth of the Potomac River. Three boat ramps and parking for 50+ vehicles. No restroom but there probably is at the park store, just north of the ramp.

    BLOGS: September 22, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Point Lookout State Park - Boating
    Paddle the Potomac - Point Lookout State Park: Looking Out on Our Nation's River
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    Point Lookout - Lake ConoyOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: West side of Point Lookout Road (route 5), 0.7 mile south of the Park Office in Point Lookout State Park, Scotland, Maryland 20687. Saint Mary's County ADC map 31 H8. See map.

    PHONE: 301-872-5688

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 22, 2018

    NOTES: Access to Lake Conoy which connects to the mouth of the Potomac River. There is a ramp and lots of parking along the sides of Point Lookout Road (route 5). Access to Lake Convoy.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Point Lookout State Park - Boating
    Paddle the Potomac - Point Lookout State Park: Looking Out on Our Nation's River
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    River Springs LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 37250 River Springs Road (northwest end), Avenue, Maryland 20609. St. Mary's County ADC map 13 H12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Whites Neck Creek at the mouth of the Wicomico River. No restroom. If parking fills up here, launch at Paul Ellis Landing.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - River Springs Landing
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - River Springs Landing
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    Saint George Island LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 16036 Thomas Road, Saint George Island, Maryland 20674. Saint Mary's County ADC map 28 G12. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Island Creek, the mouth of Saint George Creek, the mouth of Saint Marys River, and the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - St. George's Island Landing
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    Saint Inigoes LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 46621 Beachville Road (east end), Saint Inigoes, Maryland 20684. Saint Mary's County ADC map 29 E11. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Smith Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - St. Inigoes Landing
    National Park Service - Potomac Heritage - St. Inigoes Trails
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    Saint Mary's CityOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 47498 Trinity Church Road (west side of road where it meets Point Lookout Road, aka route 5), Saint Mary's City, Maryland 20686. Saint Mary's County ADC map 25 B10. See map.

    PHONE: 240-895-4291

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 22, 2018

    NOTES: Also known as the James P. Muldoon River Center. Access to Saint Mary's River. There is a nice beach and a boat ramp for launching. But it is missing perhaps the most important thing...parking! It is clearly designed for students of Saint Mary's College that can walk there and use one of the boats that the city/college provides. According to Maryland DNR - Saint Mary's City Park, "parking is available off-site off of Old State House Road" but this is 0.2 mile away.

    BLOGS: September 22, 2018

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Service - Potomac Heritage - Upper St. Mary's River Trail: Great Mills Launch to St. Mary's City
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    Sotterley PlantationOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, Maryland 20636. Saint Mary's County ADC map 11 F2. See map.

    PHONE: 301-373-2280

    DATE LAST UPDATED: August 30, 2019

    NOTES: Also known as Historic Sotterley Plantation. Access to the Patuxent River. Pay to enter. I don't think the public can drive to the launch area and the parking lot is 0.7 mile away. Best just to land if you want to hike and visit the grounds. Closest launch is Greenwell State Park.

    This plantation has 300 years of history and over 20 historic buildings including a 1703 Plantation House and an 1830's Slave Cabin. There are also almost six miles of trails.

    I have found shark teeth at Sotterley Point.

    This is site 9 on Points of Interest along the Patuxent River Trail.

    BLOGS: August 24, 2019 and August 30, 2019

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Patuxent Water Trail - Sotterley Plantation
    Historic Sotterley
    The Patuxent Challenge - Challenge Accepted!
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    Tall Timbers LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 18521 Herring Creek Road, Tall Timbers, Maryland 20690. Saint Mary's County ADC map 23 E13. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400 extension 3570

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to McKay Cove and the Potomac River. Boat ramp. The county website says "landing and pier for commercial and recreational boating only." But it also says "no public parking." Not sure if there is room to park along the side of Herring Creek Road.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Tall Timbers Landing
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    Wicomico Shores LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 35222 Army-Navy Drive, Chaptico, Maryland 20621. Saint Mary's County ADC map 2 H7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-863-8400

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Wicomico River on the western shore. Boat ramp. Porta-john.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Visit St. Mary's - Wicomico Shores Landing
    National Park Service - Potomac Heritage - Wicomico River Trail: Wicomico Shores Landing to Bushwood Wharf
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Wicomico Shores Landing
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    This county has lots of launch sites on the Potomac River and Antietam Creek but very few on Conococheague Creek.

    For an overview of county launch sites, see
  • Antietam Creek Canoe - Trips - Details Page
  • Antietam Creek Water Trail
  • National Park Planner - C&O Canal Boat Ramp Map

  • See map for all launch sites in the county.

    Antietam AqueductOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 69.4 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Park on Canal Road near the bend, 0.1 mile west of where Canal Road intersects Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland 21782. Washington County ADC map 33 K7. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the mouth of Antietam Creek. Portage about 0.1 mile south on the towpath to the aqueduct. Not sure what side of the aqueduct is best to launch or how easy it will be. Consider launching at Canal Road / Antietam Creek Campsite as a backup.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: C&O Canal Trust - Antietam Creek and Aqueduct
    National Park Planner - Antietam Aqueduct
    River Explorer - Antietam Creek
    Antietam Creek Water Trail
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    Big Slackwater Boat RampOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 85.5 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. West end of Dam Number Four Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland 21782. Washington County ADC map 29 F4. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 7, 2013

    NOTES: Launch onto a deep water section of the Potomac River. Concrete boat ramp with parking for 30+ vehicles. Located adjacent to the Big Slackwater Picnic Area which has tables, grills, and a toilet.

    About 1.2 miles east (downstream) of the ramp is Dam Number 4 which has a huge drop. To get around it, portage on the north (left) side.

    BLOGS: September 27, 2009 and September 7, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Big Slackwater Boat Ramp
    C&O Canal Trust - Big Slackwater
    Potomac River Guide - Big Slackwater Boat Ramp
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    LOCATION: West side of Burnside Bridge Road (some maps call this New Burnside Bridge Road), a half mile southeast of Burnside Bridge. Washington County ADC map 34 C1. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This site is also called Molly's Hole. Access to Antietam Creek. Just downstream of the bridge, expect a weir that drops three feet.

    I don't know if there is a fee to launch or who owns this site. I read that there are National Park Service campsites in this area.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Antietam Creek Canoe - Lower Map
    Antietam Creek Water Trail
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    LOCATION: Mile ~69 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Park on Canal Road near the bend, 0.1 mile west of where Canal Road intersects Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland 21782. Washington County ADC map 33 K6. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: January 29, 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River about 0.2 mile upstream of Antietam Creek. One can do a drop-off in a little gravel loop or park for longer periods on the west side of the road in designated areas.

    Signs seem to indicate parking might only be for people who pay to camp in the area. If that is the case, there will be a fee. You can't pay with cash upon arrival. Reservations need to be made. See National Park Planner - Antietam Creek Campground.

    Where does one actually launch? After crossing over the towpath, walk into the campground area. Without crossing through any occupied campsites, continue towards the water and look for a clearing. It is a short distance from the gravel drop-off loop. No ramp or designated launch area.

    Supposedly, there is a restroom about 0.2 mile north on Canal Road. A chemical toilet is located between Campsites #6 and #7; not sure if this is the same or a different one.

    A free option would be to launch at Antietam Aqueduct.

    BLOGS: January 29, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Antietam Creek Campsite
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    Dargan BendOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 64.9 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. West side of unnamed road that branches west of Back Road 0.8 mile north of the intersection of Back Road and Harpers Ferry Road, Sharpsburg, Maryland 21782. Washington County ADC map 36 E3. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-4200 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    DATE LAST UPDATED: September 8, 2013

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Restrooms, boat ramp, and parking for 30+ vehicles.

    BLOGS: September 8, 2013

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Dargan Bend Boat Ramp
    River Explorer - Dargan Bend Boat Ramp
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    Devil's Backbone ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 18934 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713. Washington County ADC map 26 E10. See map.

    PHONE: 240-313-2700

    DATE LAST UPDATED: January 29, 2010

    NOTES: Sometimes called Devils Backbone Park. Access to Antietam Creek. Parking for about 35 vehicles at or near this county park. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and drinking water though the restrooms will likely be closed during the winter. At 39.539094, -77.710332 is a dam about four feet tall. One can portage around it on the left side (facing downstream) which is the north side. No ramp. Unfortunately, I don't remember where, exactly, is the best place to launch in the park. But I think there are several good options.

    BLOGS: January 29, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: USGS Real-Time Water Data for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg
    Washington County - Devil's Backbone Park
    Antietam Creek Canoe - Lower Map
    American Whitewater - Antietam Creek
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    Four LocksOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 108.8 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. West side of Starliper Road, 350 feet north of the intersection of Starliper Road and Ankenney Lane, Clear Spring, Maryland 21722. Washington County ADC map 18 A10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Parking for 30+ vehicles, boat ramp, restroom.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Four Locks
    National Park Service - Four Locks Walking Tour
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    Funkstown FirehouseOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Just south of East Oak Ridge Drive on the east side of the bridge over Antietam Creek, Funkstown, Maryland 21734. Washington County ADC map 21 E11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: January 29, 2010

    NOTES: Access to Antietam Creek behind the firehouse. Parking for about 80 vehicles. I believe this is public land that is shared with the local businesses. There is a picnic bench, no ramp, and no restrooms. There is some light whitewater in this area. I suspect that during the late spring, the water could get rather low so I only recommend launching here if you know the water is high. 3.1 miles upstream of Rose's Mill Park.

    BLOGS: January 29, 2010 and March 20, 2010

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: USGS Real-Time Water Data for Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg
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    Greenbriar LakeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Northeast side of Greenbriar Lake in Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713. Washington County ADC map 27 K10. See map.

    PHONE: Camp Office: 301-791-4767

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Greenbriar Lake. I don't know why the lake and the state park have different spellings but they do. Parking for ~20 vehicles near the ramp with a plethora more parking in lots further south.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Maryland DNR - Greenbrier State Park - Swimming, Boating, and Fishing
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    Jerusalem ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of West Poplar Street, northeast of the intersection of West Poplar Street and North Westside Avenue (route alt 40), Funkstown, Maryland 21734. Washington County ADC map 21 F10. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This park has not yet been built.

    Access to Antietam Creek.

    On October 1, 2022, I was told by town council member Rich Gaver that
    The trailers have been cleared and the site is all grass at this time. Jerusalem Park will have a 40 foot round pavilion with charcoal grills. The canoe ramp and dry hydrant for the fire company. Plans for the site are in the works for the entire site at this time and hope to have funding by mid-summer of 2023.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Funkstown - New Public Park
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    Keedysville Road BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Keedysville Road on the east side of the bridge over Antietam Creek, Keedysville, Maryland 21756. Washington County ADC map 31 E7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Antietam Creek. Parking for 2-3 vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Antietam Creek Water Trail
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    Kemps Mill Road DamOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 11241 Kemps Mill Road, just east of the intersection of Kemps Mill Road and Rock Hill Road, Williamsport, Maryland 21795. Washington County ADC map 19 K9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to Conococheague Creek. Parking for about 18 vehicles. No restroom or ramp. This site is where you'll see a five foot dam. This is the only obstacle in the paddling route from Route 494 to River Bottom Park. It is 3.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Conococheague Creek. One can do an easy portage on the left (east) side facing downstream. Note that this is private property that the owners graciously opened up to fishermen and kayakers. You will see lots signs indicating it is private property. One (that may be hidden) reads "Fisher here is a privilage, not a right." Another at the gate to the dam reads "canoe and boat launching ok."

    BLOGS: June 6, 2009

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: USGS Real-Time Water Data for Conococheague Creek
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    Kiwanis ParkOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: 371 Dynasty Drive (south end), Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Washington County ADC map 21 J6. See map.

    PHONE: 301-739-8577 City of Hagerstown

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Antietam Creek.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Hagerstown - Kiwanis Park

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    Knoxville - Sandy Hook RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Where Sandy Hook Road passes under the route 340 bridge, Knoxville, Maryland 21758. Washington County ADC map 36 K10. See map.

    PHONE: For questions regarding river safety, rules, or regulations, call 1-800-628-9944.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Before 2010

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Room for about ten vehicles. You'll definitely want to get there early on a nice day since it will likely fill up. There is some space along both sides of the road and some on a dirt road between Sandy Hook Road and the river. If you park on this road, stay far to the south. There is a clearing that leads to the Potomac River, about 400 feet south.

    No restroom. The closest one is at the Exxon just east of the kettlecorn lot.

    Personal floatation devices (PFDs) must be worn on this section of the Potomac River.
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    Little Tonoloway / HancockOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 124.4 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. At the south end of an unnamed road off Berm Road, Hancock, Maryland 21750. This unnamed road branches south of Berm Road, 150 feet west of the intersection of Berm Road, South Pennsylvania Avenue, and Canal Street. Washington County ADC map 3 F8. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - Little Tonoloway Boat Ramp
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - Little Tonoloway / Hancock
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    Lock 34Open accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 61.5 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Southeast side of Harpers Ferry Road, 0.1 mile west of the intersection of Harpers Ferry Road and Hoffmaster Road, Knoxville, Maryland 21758. Washington County ADC map 36 E9. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the Potomac River. Boat ramp. Not closure dates of parking lot at National Park Planner - Lock 34.
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    McCoys LandingOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: Mile 110.4 on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. Southeast end of McCoys Ferry Road, Clear Spring, Maryland 21722. Washington County ADC map 17 G11. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: This site is also called McCoys Ferry. Access to the Potomac River. Restroom and boat ramp.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: National Park Planner - McCoys Ferry Boat Ramp
    Maryland Public Water Access Sites - McCoys Ferry
    Swim Guide - UPR-2 McCoy's Ferry Campground
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    Millers Church Road BridgeOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: North side of Millers Church Road on the northwest side of the bridge over Antietam Creek, 0.1 mile west of the intersection of Millers Church Road and Leitersburg Pike (route 60), Hagerstown, Maryland 21742. Washington County ADC map 12 A4. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to the upper Antietam Creek. Parking for three vehicles.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Antietam Creek Water Trail
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    Mount Aetna RoadOpen accordion icon
    LOCATION: South side of Mount Aetna Road just east of Antietam Creek. Washington County ADC map 21 F7. See map.

    DATE LAST UPDATED: Unexplored

    NOTES: Access to Antietam Creek. Launch just below the dam on the east side.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Antietam Creek Water Trail
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