Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park

Office Phone (Harriet Tubman SP): 410-221-2290

Duty Ranger Phone: 443-477-0526

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Talbot County
29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive
Trappe, MD 21673

Dorchester County
Off of Route 50, at the intersection of Rambler Road & Radiance Drive
Cambridge, MD 21613

See Information page for driving directions Limited parking available. Information about additional parking can be found here​​.

Park sign with fishing pier in background going out into the Choptank River
The sign that welcomes visitors to Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park. Photo credit: Angela Crenshaw, DNR


  • Talbot Pier: 7 a.m.-sunset daily, April 1-December 31. Closed December 25.
  • Dorchester Pier: 7 a.m.-sunset daily, year-round. Closed December 25.
  • Talbot Trails & Shoreline: Sunrise-sunset daily.

Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park consists of approximately 25 acres of park property, split between Talbot County and Dorchester County, on either side of the Choptank River. The Talbot County side includes about 1 mile of trails and a 1 mile pier, while the Dorchester County side includes a ½ mile pier. The piers are quite popular because of the variety of fish that can be caught including perch, striped bass, croakers, sea trout, and catfish. The pier adjoins Sailwinds Park via the walkway under the bridge. Portable toilets are available on both sides of the pier.

On July 22, 2009 the Board of Public Works approved re-naming The Choptank River Fishing Pier to Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park in honor of Bill Burton, a reporter, writer, and fisherman who has, for more than 50 years, chronicled outdoor opportunities for Maryland citizens. Mr. Burton was instrumental in preserving the bridge for a fishing pier when the new bridge was constructed.​

The consumption of alcohol at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park is prohibited. Hunting and swimming are prohibited. All pets must be kept on leashes.