Grove Neck MHA

Located in southeastern Cecil County, Maryland along the northern shore of the Sassafras River, this property is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the Department of Natural Resources for wildlife management and recreation.

What To See

Grove Neck MHA is a Designated Wildlife Sanctuary. Habitat includes forested land surrounding the sanctuary which is primarily a wetland area.

What To Do

This area is open for waterfowl hunting only from established blind sites located along the shore of the Sassafras River during the regulated hunting season established by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Hunters are required to have a permit to hunt and a daily reservation to access the area. Wildlife disturbance within the designated sanctuary is strictly prohibited.

Area Regulations

  • Access to Grove Neck MHA is restricted from September 1 through February 15 for the hunting season to seasonal hunting permit holders with daily reservations.
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • ATV’s and other unlicensed motor vehicles are prohibited.
  • Parking is available in designated parking lots.
  • Waterfowl hunting is restricted to two sites along the Sassafras River.
  • Non-Hunting Users

    • Outside the hunting season Grove Neck MHA is a Wildlife Sanctuary and is open for hiking, bird watching, nature photography, etc. with a seasonal non-hunting permit.
    • To apply for the C&D Canal Lands Non-Hunting Permit.


    Grove Neck MHA is located in the southeast portion of Cecil County, Maryland. Take Rt. 213 to Rt. 282 east (Crystal Beach Rd.) Take Grove Neck Rd. to the intersection of Tockwogh Dr. for available parking. For complete area regulations, information, or seasonal permits contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

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    This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.

    Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.

    Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.​