Recreation & Parks - Museum Division
CURRENT OPERATING SCHEDULE:
Due to current guidelines regarding COVID-19 restrictions, the following information is the current schedule at St. Clement’s Island Museum:
• Public Water Taxi operation to St. Clement’s Island State Park is now available 7 days a week at 4 times per day. Blackistone Lighthouse on the island is closed. For more info, please visit: https://bit.ly/watertaxi2020 or call 301-769-2222.
Water Taxi Tours to St. Clement's Island State Park from St. Clement's Island Museum
• The St. Clement's Island Museum is temporarily CLOSED until further notice.
• The pier and outside grounds, paths and picnic areas are OPEN to visitors from dawn until dusk. PLEASE: Observe social distancing best-practices while there.
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Water Taxi Hours of Operation
Water taxi service is available most days starting March 25 and available through October. The water taxi leaves the pier at the St. Clement's Island Museum at 10AM and makes continuous trips to St. Clement's Island State Park and back until 2PM. (The Boat Captain will take a lunch break from 12:30PM to 1PM). The 2PM departure from the museum is the last trip over to the island and the last trip back to the mainland from the island is 3PM.
PLEASE NOTE! ALWAYS call ahead (301-769-2222) to confirm water taxi operation and weather conditions. High wind, rough water, rain or storms and other extenuating circumstances will prevent the water taxi from operating.
Water Taxi Rate (for group rates, see below)
Rates are $7 per person, which includes children of any age. Dogs are not allowed on the water taxi unless they are an official Working Guide Dog (they ride free). The water taxi fee includes admission to the museum.
Blackistone Lighthouse Tours
The St. Clement's Hundred provides volunteers for guided tours of the lighthouse, normally on weekends and special events during summer hours. Call St. Clement's Island Museum for an updated lighthouse tours schedule at 301-769-2222.
There is no fee for guided tours but donations are gratefully accepted and are used for lighthouse maintenance expenses.
Private Chartered Tours and Rates
The museum Water Taxi may be chartered outside or regularly-scheduled operations. Prices are based on a 20 person minimum. Groups under 20 people may charter the boat if they pay the remaining balance.
Student and Youth Group Charters are $7 per person ($140 minimum payment). This rate includes 3 hours of educational programs in the museum and on St. Clement's Island State Park. Teachers may rent the boat for additional hours at $50 per extra hour. Teachers are free. Only one chaperone for every ten students will be admitted for free. Additional chaperones will be charged the full program fee. Student charters are subsidized by St. Mary’s County Government.
Adult Group Charters are $10.00 per person ($200.00 minimum payment). This rate includes 2 hours of time on St. Clement's Island. A guide is provided by request for an additional $25.00. Group leaders may rent the boat for additional hours at $50.00 per extra hour. Prepayment must be paid in full. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $25.00.
Contact St. Clement's Island Museum site supervisor Christina Barbour at 301-769-2222 or 301-769-4723 to arrange for group, student and bus tours or water taxi charters.
PLEASE NOTE: Water Taxi transportation to St. Clement’s Island State Park is subject to cancellation due to unsafe water/weather conditions or other extenuating circumstances. Therefore, please call the museum the day you intend to visit for current information. If you decide to cancel your charter, you must cancel with at least 24 hours advanced notice for a refund.