The Maryland State Boating Act was enacted in 1960 to work in harmony with the United States Coast Guard regulatory scheme and provided that revenue generated through regulating boating activity would be earmarked for boating and maritime purposes. Perhaps the most important idea was that in Maryland, boaters would administer boating with the support of the boating community.
The Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee, BAAC, was established as part of the Boating Act in 1960. The purpose of the Committee is to make recommendationsto the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources on boating regulation requests. Members of the Committee include boaters and representatives from different water use organizations. The members are appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and have a variety of experience and expertise in boating related matters. The Committee meets on a regular basis to review regulatory requests. Meetings are open to the general public and public input is encouraged by the Committee members. To obtain information on the next Committee meeting, please view the ‘Upcoming Committee Meetings’ section or view the department's calendar online or contact Mike Simonsen at 410-260-8272 or Jeannine Moaney at 410-260-8417.
Thornell Jones, Chairman
Jon Sheller, Vice Chairman
Position Vacant, Officer at Large
Mike Simonsen, State Committee Liaison
Jeannine Moaney, Staff Contact
Maryland's waters offer wonderful opportunities for recreational boaters. With the ever-increasing number of boaters on our waters, it is the responsibility of all of us to work together to ensure that our waters are clean and safe.
Please invest the time to educate yourself in the practices necessary to be a safe and responsible boater by reviewing the brochure, checklist and course listings below. They contain everything you will need to know in regards to recreational boating in Maryland and it will help you to make your boating experience a safe and memorable one.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the United States Army Corp of Engineers have established three “Controlled Ski Areas” in Maryland waters. These areas contain American Water Ski Association approved water ski courses installed and maintained by private ski clubs and used for slalom ski enthusiasts, and practice for competitive ski tournaments. These courses are for practice and may not be used for ski tournaments.
The controlled ski areas are located on Maynadier Creek (Severn River), Sunrise Beach (Severn River), and on the upper South River.
Vessels using the courses must display a Department of Natural Resources Ski Sticker. If your vessel is on the list of American Water Ski Association approved vessels listed in Maryland regulations
COMAR 08.04.16.02, you may call 410-260-8417 to make an appointment to receive a sticker for your vessel. If your vessel is not listed, you may be required to demonstrate that your vessel can perform safely on a ski course.
The courses are open to the public but contain operational restrictions on when they may be used, the type of vessel used and speed limits and other vessel restrictions in the areas surrounding the course. Click on the following link to COMAR 08.04.16.01 to review Maryland’s regulations concerning the use of a Controlled Ski Area.
Call 1-877-224-7229 to report the following
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)