Opportunities for Larger Recreational Transient Vessels

Do you own a larger (26’ or longer in length) recreational vessel?  If so, you understand that it can be difficult to plan a visit to a town or city because of a lack of available transient dockage for bigger boats.  With that in mind, the department has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and several local jurisdictions to help address your needs.

The federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program is administered by FWS and provides grant funding to states to create or improve tie-ups and related services needed by recreational transient vessels 26’ or more in length while staying no more than ten consecutive days. Services vary from facility to facility, however all BIG-funded facilities have and must maintain at least 6’ of water (mlw). Although BIG funding is primarily intended to address the needs of larger recreational vessels, recreational vessels of all sizes are welcome at BIG-funded facilities.

BIG funding provides up to 75% of the cost of the BIG-eligible portions of these facilities with the match typically coming from the state Waterway Improvement Fund and/or local funds. For further information about BIG grant requirements and funding opportunities, please visit http://dnr.maryland.gov/boating/Pages/big.aspx.

Below is a list of facilities in Maryland that have received federal BIG grants.

Please contact each facility for up to date information before your visit!

City of Annapolis

Annapolis City Dock

BIG funding has been and continues to be used to assist the City of Annapolis with the on-going renovations of the Annapolis City Dock which is located on Spa Creek/Severn River in the heart of historic Annapolis. Annapolis is a premier recreational boating destination and is rich in cultural, historical, and outdoor activities. The U.S. Naval Academy is a short walk away and several restaurants are nearby. In the near future, BIG funding will also be used to upgrade 28 mushroom moorings to Helix moorings capable of accommodating vessels up to fifty five feet in length.

Lat/Long:  38º58’36.08”N / 76º29’07.50”W

Contact: 410.263.7973 or http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us/government/city-departments/harbormaster

City of Baltimore

Baltimore Inner Harbor Marine Center

BIG funding was used to assist with the complete renovation of the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marine Center. Located on the south end of the Inner Harbor, the marina is within walking distance of the Baltimore Visitor Center, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, and downtown shopping and dining.

Lat/Long: 39º16’56.92”N / 76º36’37.52”W

Contact: 410.837.5339 or http://www.baltimoremarinecenters.com/Inner-Harbor.aspx


Finger Piers West Shore Baltimore Inner Harbor

BIG funding was used to assist with upgrading the electrical service at the Finger Piers West Shore Baltimore Inner Harbor, which is located at the west end of the Inner Harbor adjacent to the Baltimore Visitor Center. The facility is within walking distance of the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, and downtown shopping and dining.

Lat/Long: 39º16’59.27”N / 76º36’39.58”W

Contact: 410.394.3174 or http://www.baltimoredockmastersoffice.com/

City of Cambridge

Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin

BIG funding was used to assist the Town of Cambridge with funding seven transient slips at Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin which is located on the Choptank River near the mouth of Cambridge Creek. Cambridge is one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland and is known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, vibrant arts scene, one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and services.

Lat/Long: 38º34’38.25”N / 76º04’13.64”W

Contact: 410.228.4020 or http://www.choosecambridge.com/index.php/city-marina-parks/

Town of Denton

Choptank Crossing

BIG funding was used to assist the Town of Denton with the construction of an approximately 210’ wharf which accommodates transient boats along the Choptank River in Denton. The dock does not have utilities but it is located within walking distance (about ¼ mile) of historical attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Lat/Long: 38º53’17.22”N / 75º50’19.35”W

Contact: 410.479.2050 or http://www.dentonmaryland.com/

Town of Oxford

Oxford Town Dock

BIG funding was used to assist the Town of Oxford with the renovation of the Oxford Town Dock which is located on the Tred Avon River adjacent to the Oxford ferry boat landing. Oxford is one of the oldest towns in the United States and, in 2011, the readers of Yachting Magazine voted Oxford one of the top 50 waterfront towns in the world. The Oxford Town Dock (also known as the N. Morris Street Timber dock) provides boaters with easy access to the Town’s historical and cultural sites as well as a variety of restaurants.

Lat/Long: 38º41’38.02”N / 76º10’27.15”W

Contact: 410.226.5122 or http://www.oxfordmd.net/

Town of Port Deposit

BIG funding was used to assist the Town of Port Deposit with the installation of a floating dock that provides boaters with easy access to the historical and cultural attractions of Port Deposit. Located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, the area was visited by Captain John Smith in 1608 and the Town later became a “port of deposit” for trading ships sailing up the river to meet and exchange goods with rafts and arks from Philadelphia. The entire town was placed on the National Historic Register in 1978 and prides itself on maintaining its historic character while moving into the future.

Lat/Long: 39º36’11.64”N / 76º07’05.20”W

Contact: 410.378.2121 or http://portdeposit.org/

Somers Cove Marina

BIG funding was used to assist Somers Cove Marina with upgrading the electrical service at the marina’s transient slips. Owned and operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Somers Cove Marina is a 485-slip facility that is located in the Town of Crisfield which is off Tangier Sound, near the mouth of the Annemessex River. The Town of Crisfield goes back nearly three hundred years and many crabbers and watermen still bring their catches into the nearby seafood packing plants. Shuttle service is available to take visitors to nearby historic and cultural sites.

Lat/Long: 37º58’35.00”N / 75º51’21.82”W

Contact: 410.968.0925 or http://www.somerscovemarina.com/