Point Lookout State Park

​Spending A Day

PLO-Beach.pngBeach Picnic Area

Open daily (6 a.m. – Sunset) starting Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Open year round with pedestrian access only during the winter season from sunrise to sunset. 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.

Visitors are encouraged to swim in the designated swimming area when lifeguards are on duty. Guards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Facilities include showers and restrooms. Jelly fish may be found in our swim area. The number of jelly fish changes daily 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 service 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.