Admission & Passes

Hours of Operation

  • 7 a.m. to sunset, year-round (excluding Christmas Day)
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mid-November - January 2 due to Lights on the Bay program
  • Fishing - 24 hr. access year-round; fishing requires that all persons must be actively fishing including children
  • Boating - 24 hr. access year-round

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.​

Day-use Admission Fee

  • May 1- September 30 - Weekends and holidays: $5/person, Weekdays: $4/person
  • October 1 - April 30 - $3 per vehicle
  • Facility service charges are non-refundable. If you leave the park, you must re-pay to re-enter.

Park Passes

  • Where can I buy a season pass?
    ​Maryland Park Service Season Passport can be purchased at Sandy Point State Park headquarters or at the contact station when entering the Park. They can also be purchased online at https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/annualpass.aspx​.

  • ​​​ If I have a Season Pass, how do I get into Sandy Point State Park if there is no one at the tollgate?
    ​​If you have a Season Pass, stop by Park Headquarters to pick up a magnetic entry card that will allow you access to the Park when the contact station is not staffed. You may also email, mail or fax a copy of your Season Pass and mailing address to Park Headquarters and a magnetic entry card will be mailed to you. In order to avoid having to pick up your magnetic access card separately, we encourage you to purchase your Season Pass at the Park, and your entry card will be issued with the Season Pass.

  • Can I show my auto toll swipe card if I forgot my Season Pass?
    Auto toll swipe cards are issued for a number of different park passes and cannot be shown to an attendant for entry without an accompanying pass. It is recommended that you keep your pass and swipe card together. The Concession Attendant must see a current physical pass to allow entry.

Service Charges

  • Do persons with disabilities get in free?
    ​There is no charge to persons with disabilities if they possess a Maryland Park Service Disability Pass. The pass holder and one guest are admitted at no charge. Handicap tags on the vehicle or the rear view mirror do not gain free access to the Park. Applications for the Park Service Disability Pass can be found at http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/parkpass.asp

  • Does Active Military get in free?
    All Active Military, as well as dependants, enter the park at no charge. Dependants are issued a “dependant” ID which needs to be presented for entry into the park at no charge. Anyone who does not hold an active military ID or a dependent ID must pay the prevailing service charge to enter the park.

  • Do you honor National Park Service Golden Eagle Passports?
    No, we do not accept the National Park Service Golden Eagle Passport for park entry into Maryland State Parks; however, the Maryland Park Service has an equivalent pass, the Golden Age Pass​, for visitors 62 years old or older. The Golden Age Pass is $10 and is a lifetime pass that entitles entry into all Maryland State Parks for the cardholder only, not the entire vehicle. If you would like to purchase a Maryland Park Service Golden Age Pass, stop by Park Headquarters with your identification and a pass can be issued to you. 

  • Do you honor AARP membership cards?
    No, AARP cards can be obtained at age 50. Our Golden Age pass is only valid for adults aged 62 and older.

  • Is there a special youth group rate?
    The youth group rate for entering the Park on Monday through Friday, non-holidays is $3.00 per person. This applies to organized youth groups only, i.e. Camps, Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops, or church groups under the age of 18.

  • I’m coming to the Park on a bus with a group, is there a charge for a bus?
    There is a $17.00 bus reservation charge that should be made in advance. There is a maximum of 5 bus reservations per day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and 10 bus reservations per day during the week. Youth groups and schools that arrive by bus on a non-holiday weekday (Monday - Friday) will be discounted to $3.00 per person.

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