Point Lookout State Park

​Spending A Day

PLO-Beach.pngBeach Picnic Area

Open daily 7 a.m - sunset (May through September) or 8 a.m. - sunset (October through April). Special weekend hours (6 a.m. - Sunset) apply for weekends/holidays between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Limited parking is available near the entrance of the beach picnic area. The beach area has grills, picnic tables and a playground. Limited numbers of grills and picnic tables are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Beaches - State park beaches are open for outdoor exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming and fishing. Beaches will be in an unguarded status, as per the protocols detailed in the individual park’s Beach Management Plan. If lifeguards are available, they will be deployed in a response-based status for swimmer assists/rescues. All visitors, including parents/guardians of children, are primarily responsible for their own safety, and must exercise personal responsibility for observing social distancing and gathering size restrictions.

Facilities include showers and restrooms. Jelly fish may be found in our swim area. The number of jelly fish changes depending on the time of year and rainfall. For the safety of our visitors, tents are not permitted in the day-use areas. Only see-through sun shelters without a bottom floor are allowed.


This facility can accommodate 100 people maximum; reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Price does NOT include the per person service charge May through September on weekends and holidays, and the per vehicle service charge weekdays year-round. The pavilion contains a large open grill and picnic tables. The pavilion is located in the beach picnic area with the swimming area and a small playing field nearby.

Park Store

The park store is open May - September. The park store offers snacks, ice cream, drinks, bait, ice, souvenirs and boating, picnicking and camping supplies. Canoe rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call the park for hours of operation.

Point Lookout State Park Civil War Prisoner of War camp signageCivil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center

The nature center and museum are located within the campground. Open to the general public, day visitors as well as campers. Museum and nature center are open seasonally, closed during the winter. Offers programs in nature and Civil War history. May through October, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours may vary. Please call the park at 301-872-5688.

Historic weapons safety guidelines for interpretive demonstration purposes as authorized by the Maryland Park Service.