Stemmers Run MHA

Attention MHA Users!

Due to security and safety concerns related to the Army Corps of Engineers construction project, Stemmer's Run MHA will be CLOSED to ALL VISITORS until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Located in southeastern Cecil County, Maryland along the Elk 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

Stemmer’s Run MHA provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species, primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, and songbirds.

What To Do

This area is open to hunting for all game species 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. Outside the hunting season this area is open to hiking, fishing, bird watching, nature photography, etc. with non-hunting permit required.

Area Regulations

  • Access to Stemmer’s Run MHA is restricted from September 1 through February 15 for the hunting season to seasonal permit holders. During the spring turkey season, the area is open to turkey hunters with a hunting permit and non-hunting permit holders.
  • Click here to apply for the free Central Region Public Hunting Permit.
  • ATV’s and other unlicensed motor vehicles prohibited.
  • Parking is available in designated parking lots.
  • Six waterfowl blind sites are available.
  • Six daily reservations are available during deer firearms/muzzleloader seasons.
  • Boat use is restricted to waterfowl hunting and fishing only.
  • Non-Hunting Users

    • Outside the hunting season Stemmer’s Run MHA is open to hiking, fishing, bird watching, nature photography, etc. with seasonal non-hunting permit.
    • To apply for the C&D Canal Lands Non-Hunting Permit.


    Stemmer’s Run MHA is located in the southeast portion of Cecil County, Maryland. Take Rt. 213 to Rt. 282 east (Crystal Beach Rd.) Take Stemmer’s Run Rd to Pond Neck Rd. See map for available parking lots and boat ramps. 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.​