Current Regulation Requests and Disposition of Regulations

The timeframe for implementing the review of existing regulations during a boating season expires on April 15 each year.

Please visit UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS to learn the date, time and location of the next BAAC meeting concerning current regulatory requests which are listed below.

Get more information on how to request a proposed Boating Regulation.


The Boat Act Advisory Committee has received the following citizen requests for regulatory review during the 2019 boating season.

DAYS COVE & GUNPOWDER FALLS ONLY: Remove the current 6K All Times speed restriction. Replace it with 6 Knots Sunset to Sunrise and 35 Knots Sunrise to Sunset. Local fisherman are requesting this change due to the shallow nature of these bodies of water which makes it necessary for them to be on plane to avoid underwater obstructions.

LITTLE ANNEMESSEX RIVER: In the area West of the Harbor Lights Condominiums, implement a 6 Knot All Times Speed Zone from approximately marker “11” to “11A”. Residents of the condominiums and other citizens cite excessive and dangerous vessel wakes causing damage to bulkheads and dangerous boating situations.

MIDDLE RIVER MAIN STEM: From the entrance of Middle River at the Chesapeake Bay to Galloway Point, implement a 6 Knot All Time speed restriction for all twin screw inboard vessels 36 feet in length and larger. Citizen cites excessive wakes from larger vessels causing very dangerous situations for smaller powered and non-powered vessels.

TRED AVON RIVER, DIXON CREEK - WESTERN BRANCH: Implement a 6 Knot All Time speed zone for the length of the Western Branch. Riparian owners cite excessive speed and wakes causing shore erosion and hazardous situations for non-powered vessels.


The official comment period for regulations is as listed in the publication date that appears in the Maryland Register.

For more information on any Regulation Requests or Proposed Regulations please contact Mike Simonsen at or 410-260-8272.


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