Maryland's Online Water Access Guide

This web page provides information on public water access sites in Maryland. Sites listed include boat ramps and soft launches (specifically for non-motorized vessels). Detailed information on each site is organized by jurisdiction. In Maryland, non-motorized vessels may launch from boat ramps but are encouraged to use separate soft launch areas if one is provided at the same site.

The majority of public water access sites in Maryland are managed and maintained by the local jurisdictions in which they are located. Fees, permits and regulations vary by jurisdiction so it is highly recommended that you contact the managing entity to clarify requirements before you go. Phone numbers for site managers are listed in the site details.

Maryland Public Water Access Guide

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The information on this site changes frequently. Input and comments are welcome and can be submitted by e-mail to or sent to:

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning Program
580 Taylor Avenue, E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401