George Martinak deeded this land of forests, fields and marsh to the state in 1961 for preservation as a recreational facility and a natural area for the enjoyment of all. Bordered by the Choptank River and Watts Creek, this area supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Anglers may enjoy the opportunity to catch bass, perch, sunfish and catfish.
The park is located with a hardwood and pine forests on the Choptank River and Watts Creek. Modern campsites and boating access are available. Amenities include hiking trails, playground, shelters and a nature center. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except the shelter and cabins.
Martinak State Park Events for 2013
Martinak State Park to Host Santa’s Magic Workshop
When: December 7, 8 & 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Martinak State Park, 137 Deep Shore Road, Denton
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free, Nonperishable food donation encouraged
Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to Santa’s Magic Workshop! Guests are invited to visit with Santa in the old cabin, check out an array of festive train displays, take a hayride through the illuminated forest and create their own tree ornaments and pinecone birdfeeders.
Staff will be available to help young participants make their own unique holiday craft. Volunteers will be serving complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Throughout the events, the park will be hosting leisurely hayrides through the Enchanted Campground, which features a forest full of lights and holiday displays.
While there is no admission fee for the event, visitors are encouraged to bring donations for local charities and as in the past, the park will be collecting non-perishable food items for St. Martin’s Barn. Monetary contributions will go to support the efforts of the Caroline County Humane Society.
“Thanks to our generous visitors, over the past few years we have been able to provide more than 12 tons of canned and boxed goods for St. Martin’s Barn to benefit our neighbors in need,” said Park Manager John Ohler. “We are hoping that the local community enjoys this year’s Christmas program, and will make a donation to support these important groups and the work they do.”
Additionally, guests are invited to grab their friends and family for an evening of outdoor fun at Santa Chase, a two-mile run/walk through Martinak State Park, at 7:30 p.m. on December 14. Participants are encouraged to dress themselves – and dogs! – in their most festive holiday garb. Prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female runners in each age group, as well as the top three runner/canine teams. Special awards will also be given for the most memorable costumes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Caroline County Humane Society and Ridgely Lions Club.
Visitors can also take a captivating drive through the festive twinkling lights at the Enchanted Campground, open from sunset until 9 p.m., now through December 31. Donation boxes to benefit St. Martin’s Barn and Caroline County Hospice will be located at the entrance to the campground.
Martinak State Park has hosted Santa’s Magic Workshop for the past 23 years in cooperation with the Caroline County Recreation and Parks Department, and the all-volunteer Friends of Martinak and Tuckahoe State Parks.
Pets are allowed in the following areas of Martinak State Park:
- Pets are allowed in the campground
- Pets are allowed in the day-use area
- Pets are prohibited in the cabins
- Fishing and Boating: The Choptank River and Watts Creek offer opportunities for fishing and boating. A boat launch and a pier allow for easy accessibility to the waterways. Anglers will find excellent fishing with abundant catches of bass, perch, sunfish and catfish. A Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required for fishing in the tidal waters of the river and creek. Canoes can be rented for a daily fee (April-October). Check with park personnel for current rates.
- Camping: Sixty-three campsites are available for trailer or tent camping, thirty of which feature electric hook-ups. Each site is equipped with a camping pad, picnic table and fire ring. A modern bathhouse is centrally located in each camping loop. No water hook-ups are available, but potable water is conveniently located around each loop. A dump station is available for trailer use.
- Cabins: Martinak State Park boasts four camper cabins and one full service cabin. The full service cabin overlooks the Choptank River and is available for year round rental. The full service cabin sleeps four and comes fully equipped with kitchen, bath facilities, heat, air conditioning and a screened in porch. The four camper cabins are located within the A camping loop and are available for rental early spring through late fall. They each sleep four and are equipped with ceiling fan, electricity and air conditioning. Each cabin features an outside fire ring, grill and picnic table. Restroom and shower facilities are located a short walk away.
- Picnicking: Martinak's picnic areas contain picnic tables, playground equipment and restrooms. A pavilion overlooking the Choptank River may be reserved in advance for a fee by calling the Statewide Reservation System at 1-888-432-2267.
- Nature Center: Explore the exhibits and aquariums in Martinak’s Nature Center. Take a stroll around the building and see the butterfly garden and historical features. Free weekend programs are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day – check the bulletin boards throughout the park for schedule details. While visiting, you can also purchase a park souvenir, ice cream treats, or rent a canoe.
- Click here for camping season beginning and ending dates, and camping and shelter service charges.
Call 1-888-432-CAMP (2267) for reservations
Click here to make reservations on-line for Martinak State Park.
Location - The park is located on the Eastern Shore, two miles east of Denton, off RT. 404, on Deep Shore Road in Caroline County.
Martinak State Park
137 Deep Shore Road
Denton, MD 21629
Hours of Operation
Sunrise to Sunset
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
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