Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area


Fishing & Boating

Doin What He Loves, photo by Sharon Bast RyleFishing is also permitted from the shoreline at Wye Island NRMA. All anglers 16 years of age and older must have a Maryland Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing License and any other applicable permits required. Anglers are reminded to follow Leave No Trace (LNT) practices and reduce their personal impact on the sensitive vegetation along the shoreline.

The Wye River is a very popular destination for boaters looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy fishing and crabbing. Kayaking and canoeing are excellent ways to explore the beautiful, ever-changing shoreline. A soft launch is located at the Granary Creek Picnic Area for non-motorized vessels only. There is limited parking at the site, with some additional parking at a small lot approximately 1/4-quarter mile away. Please note - parking is prohibited along the road.

Wye Island CanoeingOther nearby public launch facilities, including those that accommodate motorized boats, can be found at Queen Anne's and Talbot County parks. Information on access to these sites can be found by contacting the Queen Anne County Parks Department at 410-758-0835 (www.qac.org), or Talbot County Parks and Recreation Office at 410-770-8050 (www.talbotparks.org).

The coves found around Wye Island provide excellent anchorage for the night or weekend. Consult local navigational charts for details. The most popular spots are Granary Creek and Dividing Creek, located off the Wye East River and anchorages near Drum Point on the Wye River. Boaters are permitted to come ashore and explore. When coming ashore boaters are urged to use good judgement, and pick a spot where the shoreline is gently sloped to minimize any ecological damage.