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Mallows Bay Public Access Project Complete

Nanjemoy, Md. (October 6, 2010) – The new public boat ramp facility is now open at Mallows Bay Park near Nanjemoy in Charles County. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held September 29 for the $397,000 project that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Charles County partnered on to provide new access to Mallows Bay on the Potomac River.

"This is another example of a local government partnering with DNR to expand public boating access for the citizens of Maryland," said Bob Gaudette, Director of Boating Services for DNR. "I think that boaters are really going to like this new facility."

Mallows Bay Park provides much-needed boat launch facilities to the middle section of the Potomac River. Not only will the park provide residents tremendous fishing access, it will also allow boaters an up close experience with the famous “ghost fleet” of Mallows Bay.

The facility includes a 50 foot timber boarding pier, concrete boat launch, access road, vehicle and trailer parking and storm water management features. DNR contributed $297,000 to the total project cost through the Waterway Improvement Fund, which is funded by the five percent excise tax paid when a boat is registered in Maryland. Charles County contributed the remainder.

Attending the ceremony were Charles County Commissioners Dr. Edit J. Patterson, Samuel N. Graves, Jr., Rueben B. Collins, II, and Tom Roland, Chief of the County Department of Public Works.

“This project represents another State and Charles County Government partnership that will bring much-needed boating opportunities to the Potomac River,” said Roland. “Recreational boaters will experience immediate access to some of our nation’s best tidal fishing.”

   October 6, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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