2 young children wearing life jackets

Life Jackets for Kids

All children under the age of 13 must WEAR a United States Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device while underway on a recreational vessel under 21 feet in length on Maryland waters.

kids at fishing rodeo

Free Fishing Rodeo - June 24

June 24 - Enjoy a morning (8am -11am) of fishing, food, and prizes at the Pond on Cottman Lane, off Route 13 in Somerset County. Open to kids ages 15 and under. Click here to register.

NRP Officer on patrol on the South River

"If you See Something Say Something"

We are the lead law enforcement agency for maritime incidents on Maryland waterways that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the United States Coast Guard.


The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with statewide police authority in all cases.

The mission of the men and women of our police force is to protect Maryland's residents and visitors on public lands and waterways. It also is charged with protecting fish and wildlife and leading search and rescue efforts. In addition, Natural Resources Police is the state's lead maritime homeland security agency.

With an authorized strength of 262 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteers, the Natural Resources Police carries out its mission by remaining faithful to its core values of courtesy, integrity, dedication and professionalism.