Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Point Lookout State Park
Scotland, Maryland
At the end of Route 5
St. Mary's County
Access Parking is available along the causeway, boat concession, fishing pier and near the lighthouse. Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day.
Skill Level Easy to moderate
Suitable For Families? Yes, depending on age and interest level of children.
Hazards/Restrictions Anglers ages 16 and over need a Maryland Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing license. Be aware of upcoming storms and strong winds. Be sure to check regulations posted on bulletin boards. Fishing is not allowed in swimming beach area.
Potable Water Potable water is available at the Point Lookout concession, the fishing pier and the Point fishing areas.
Species Hardhead, blues, rockfish, perch and sea trout
Natural Features The park is located at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Within the park's limit is Lake Canoy. A causeway connects the two portions of the park and fishing may be done along the sides. A swimming beach is available in the picnic area.
Historic/Cultural Features Point Lookout was the site of a Confederate POW camp and Fort Lincoln. Several walking trails are available and signage explaining the importance of the prison camp and fort are found scattered around the area. At times, living history programs are given. Call for information. A small museum devoted to this POW camp is located in the Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center. Also on the park property is the Point Lookout Lighthouse, open to the public only on the first Saturday of each month from April - November (except July and September when it is the second Saturday). This lighthouse is located at the furthest most southern point of Maryland's Western Shore.
Rentals Point Lookout Concession rents 16-ft. john dorries and canoes. Boats go quickly, so arrive early. Food, beverages and fishing supplies are also available.
Camping Camping is available at Point Lookout State Park. Mini Cabins are also available. Campers must be at their campsites before 10 p.m. No camping is allowed in the fishing and day use areas.
Other Amenities A fish cleaning station is available at the boat launch area. The park also has four launch ramps and 97 pull through parking spaces.
Other Points of Interest Just before entering the State Park, you will pass the Confederate Monuments and cemetery. This is worth a stop to take a look at the names of those who had perished here during the American Civil War.
Other Accommodations Several hotels and motels are available, as are bed and breakfasts. Contact the St. Mary's County Division of Tourism at 301-475-4411.
Fees or Permits An entrance fee is charged to enter the park. A valid Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing license is required for everyone over the age of 16. The camp office sells fishing licenses. A fee is charged for boat launch.
Description The pier at Point Lookout State Park juts out into the Chesapeake Bay 710 feet. During the hot summer months, the salinity changes allowing the middle Bay's fish to be caught from the pier. Fishing is also allowed along the entire length of the causeway. Large rip-rap boulders line some of the shoreline. Lake Conoy is also available for fishing.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Bring sun screen and insect repellent
  • Have fun, be safe and come back often