State Park Regulations

State Park Lake sceneI. Proposed Regulations

A. Background

This is a summary of regulation proposals submitted by the Maryland Park Service. Consult the Maryland Register, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), and the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland for full legal text. The Maryland Park Service welcomes public comment on proposed regulations. However, only comments provided during the official public comment period specified in the appropriate Maryland Register announcement become part of the official regulatory record. The official public comment period is 30 days after publication of the proposed regulation in the Maryland Register. Receiving comments on the proposal provides the Department with invaluable information and perspectives on the views of the public regarding the proposed regulation that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. The Maryland Register notice will provide contact information where all official public comments may be sent.

Interpreting proposed regulations requires some understanding of the convention for reading proposed regulation changes as developed by the Division of State Documents. The convention is as follows:

  • Roman type indicates existing text of the regulation
  • Italic type indicates proposed new text
  • [Single brackets] indicate text proposed for deletion
  • (text unchanged) indicates none of the text for that section is proposed to be changed

In order to ensure public safety, protection of the resource, and the best service to State Park visitors and other interested parties, the Maryland Park Service may propose amendments to park regulations from time to time.​

II. Existing Regulations

This content area provides information on access to the existing Use of State Parks, Deep Creek Lake, and Youghiogheny Wild River regulations found in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), Title 08. Also included is a link to current information on proposed regulations published in the Maryland Register and/or submitted to the Maryland General Assembly’s Administrative, Executive, Legislative and Regulatory (AELR) Committee.

Use of State Parks Regulations (MD COMAR

Deep Creek Lake Regulations (MD COMAR 08.08.01-.09)​

Youghiogheny Wild River Regulations (MD COMAR 08.15.01-.04)​

Statewide State Park Policies