Notice to Boaters
South River (Beacon #17)
Anne Arundel County

The Department of Natural Resources has received a request to change the current speed limit on a portion of the South River between the Route 2 Bridge and the Riva Road Bridge. The area is between Beacon #17 and the shoreline of the Edgewater Beach Community, Community Beach. The request is to establish a 6-knots (6.9 MPH) speed limit all year. The current speed limit is 35-knots (40.25 MPH) sunrise to sunset (daylight) and 20-knots (23 MPH) sunset to sunrise (nights) during the boating season only, which is April 15 through October 15.

The petitioner is requesting this action based on his belief that such a restriction is necessary to promote safety and to protect the assets of the community’s shoreline, personal property and the environment.

The Department will conduct a survey and study of this area during the 2012 boating season. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comment on the requested regulatory change. Written comments will be accepted until September 7, 2012. You may enter comments on our website or send them directly to or they may be mailed to:

Mike Grant
Regulations Coordinator
Boating Services
Maryland Dept Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave E-4
Annapolis MD 21401
410 260-8013
410 260-8453 (fax)

Additional boating information may be found at:

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229

to report any of the following

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity