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Recreation and Parks - Public Landings

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The matrix below lists the public landings in St. Mary's County.<> For more information, please see our Guide to Public Boating Access.

Further below is a listing of County and State parks that have water access. Public Beach Water Quality Monitoring.

Beach Water Quality Hotline (301) 475-4330 ext. 7837. Park and Public Landings Locator Map

The publication: Water Trails in Western St. Mary's County, Maryland can be obtained at the Recreation and Parks main office or by accessing https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/things-to-do/water/water-trails/

St. Mary's County Landings - Location & Information

Landing Location

Boat Slip
Pier
Boat Launch Area
Boarding Pier
Floating Dock/Platform
Picnic Table
Charcoal Grill
Portable Toilets
Portable Toilets - Seasonal
Paved Parking

Additional Comments

Amenities with the are ADA Compliant
Abell's Wharf
21620 Abell's Wharf Road, Leonardtown
Rt. 5 to Rt. 244 to Abell's Wharf Road, Leonardtown

NOTE: access to Floating Dock/Platform is on boat launch and may partially exceed slope requirements.

Bushwood Wharf
36803 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood
Rt. 242 to end of Rt. 239, Bushwood
Camp Calvert Landing
22530 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown
Rt. 5, end of Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown

Canoe/kayak launching only Minimal Parking

Chaptico Wharf
23975 Old Chaptico Wharf Road,
Rt. 234 to Rt. 238 to end of Chaptico Wharf Road, Maddox
Clarke's Landing
245417 Clarke's Landing Road, Hollywood
Rt. 235 to end of Clarke's Landing Road,

Minimal parking

NOTE: access to Floating Dock/Platform is on boat launch and may partially exceed slope requirements.

Forest Landing
44600 Forest Landing Road, Hollywood
Rt. 235 to Sotterley Rd. to Forest Landing Road

NOTE: access to Floating Dock/Platform is on boat launch and may partially exceed slope requirements.

Fox Harbor Landing
16490 Dunbar Lane, Ridge
Rt. 5 to Rt. 235, to Fox Harbor Rd to end of Dunbar Lane, Wynne

Minimal Parking

Great Mills Canoe/Kayak Launch
20228 Point Lookout Road, Great Mills
Rt. 5 in Great Mills (near Post Office)
Canoe/kayak launching only
Paul Ellis Landing
37385 Paul Ellis Road, Avenue
Rt. 242, end of Paul Ellis Road, Avenue
Minimal parking
Piney Point Landing
17139 Piney Point Road, Piney Point
Rt. 5 to Rt. 249, before the St. George's Island Bridge
River Springs Landing
37250 River Springs Road, Avenue
Rt. 242, end of River Springs Road, Avenue
Minimal parking
St. George's Island Landing
16036 Thomas Road, St. George's Island
Rt. 5, Thomas Road, St. George's Island
Canoe/kayak launching only
Minimal Parking
St. Inigoes Landing
46621 Beachville Road, St. Inigoes MD
Rt. 5 to end of Beachville Road, South of St. Inigoes

NOTE: access to Floating Dock/Platform is on boat launch and may partially exceed slope requirements.

Tall Timbers Landing
18536 Herring Creek Road, Tall Timbers
Rt. 5 to Rt. 249, end of Tall Timbers Road, Tall Timbers

Minimal Parking

Wicomico Shores Landing
35222 Army-Navy Drive, Mechanicsville
Rt. 234 to Aviation Yacht Club Road, turn right on Army Navy Drive, continue to end

Restroom Building open year round

NOTE: access to Floating Dock/Platform is on boat launch and may partially exceed slope requirements.

County Parks with Water Access.

Elms Beach Park
Rt. 235, Bay Forest Road
Dameron
 

Public beach with unsupervised swimming, fishing and crabbing.

Myrtle Point Park
Rt.4, Patuxent Boulevard
California

Public beach with unsupervised swimming, fishing and crabbing.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Park
Rt. 5 to Rt. 249
Lighthouse Road, Piney Point

No fishing or crabbing area is available at this site; a boater/visitor pier is available.

Snow Hill Park
26590 South Sandgates Road, Mechanicsville.

Public beach with unsupervised swimming, fishing and crabbing.


Town of Leonardtown Public Landings

Leonardtown Wharf Park
Rt. 5. to end of Washing Street, Leonardtown
Visit historic Leonardtown Wharf Park by car or boat; docking facilities; no pier or boat ramp.  

Port of Leonardtown Park
Rt. 5 in Leonardtown, next to KFC and Exxon
Canoe/kayak launch located on McIntosh Run; pull out at Leonardtown Wharf or Camp Calvert Landing; future site of park and winery.


State Parks with Water Access

Point Lookout State Park
Rt. 5 Point Lookout, Scotland - Public beach with unsupervised swimming, fishing and crabbing.

St. Clement's Island State Park
Rt. 242 to Coltons Point - Public beach with unsupervised swimming, fishing and crabbing.

St. Mary's River State Park
Rt. 5, Camp Cosoma Road, Leonardtown - Fishing and boating at this site.

Greenwell State Park
Rt. 235 to Sotterley Road to Steer Horn Neck Road, Hollywood - Public beach with unsupervised swimming, fishing and crabbing. 

PUBLIC LANDING REGULATIONS

  • Landings are closed between sunset and sunrise; with the exception of loading and unloading boats

  • Do not block ramps, parked vehicles, bulkheads or access to piers
       
  • Overnight parking, camping, night fishing or open fires are not allowed
       
  • Obey "No Fishing or Crabbing" signs where posted
       
  • Do not leave boats or equipment at landing
       
  • Do not leave residential trash in trash cans
      
  • No alcohol consumption at landings
      
  • No glass bottles or containers; no littering
       
  • Those fishing and crabbing need to move fishing and crabbing lines as boaters use the boat ramps.
 

St. Mary's County Recreation & Parks
301-475-4200 ext. 71800
webtrac@stmarysmd.com
Director: Arthur Shepherd