On March 25, 1634, the first English settlers under the Baltimore proprietorship sailed to St. Clement's Island on the Ark and the Dove (a replica of the Maryland Dove is seen to the right). The 40 acre park contains a memorial cross dedicated to the memory of the first Marylanders. Accessible only by boat.
Boat tours to historic St. Clement's Island are offered on a weekend schedule. The 26 passenger vessel, The Water Taxi II, is fully insured and a certified tour boat by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Water Taxi II leaves the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum beginning the first weekend in June and continuing every weekend through September 1st. Call ahead for an updated schedule for time of departure. Passengers are welcome to leave on the early boat and return on the last trip.
The Water Taxi II may be chartered by private parties and commercial tours during the daylight hours throughout the week.
For additional information, contact the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum at 301-769-2222. The St. Clement's Island Museum is open March 25 through September 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. From October 1 through March 24 the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Contact the museum for current admission fees.
Blackistone Lighthouse will be open by appointment only. Please call St. Clements Island Museum for further information.
- Pets are allowed in St. Clements Island State Park.
Fishing, hiking trails, hunting, picnicking, pavilions (first come/first serve), portajohn.
St. Clements Island State Park offers no accessible amenities. For available accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
From Washington, D.C.:
Take 495/95 Beltway to Exit 7A (Route 5 south to Waldorf). Follow Route 5 to Waldorf, make a left in Waldorf to continue on Route 5. In Mechanicsville, Route 5 turns right. Continue on Route 5 to Morganza. Turn right on Route 242. Follow to Colton's Point. Turn left onto Bayview Road and follow Museum signs.
Take Route 301 to Route 234 (turn at the White House Hotel). Take Route 234 south to Clements. Turn right onto Route 242 and follow to Colton's Point. Turn left onto Bayview Road and follow Museum signs.
Photographs by Michael Humphreys and Charles Calvert, also a thank you to the Historic St. Mary's City Commission for help obtaining the photographs. For more information about Historic St Clement's Island and St. Mary's City check out the commission's web site at http://www.smcm.edu/hsmc/
St. Clements Island is located in the Potomac River, off the shore of St. Mary's County
St. Clements Island State Park
c/o Point Lookout State Park
11175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, MD 20687
Contact St. Clements
St. Clements Island is part of the Point Lookout complex and can be reached by calling Point Lookout at:
Phone: (301) 872-5688
Hours of Operation
Sunrise to Sunset
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.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us