The proposed action establishes coordinates for the eastern branch waterway of Dixon Creek and establishes a 6-knot speed limit in the newly defined area for Saturdays, Sundays and State holidays during the boating season. Click here to view the proposal.

The public comment period ended August 31, 2020. At the end of the 30 day comment period the Secretary of Natural Resources decides whether to approve or disapprove the proposed measure. A final action will be sent to the Division of State Documents (DSD) for printing in the Maryland Register. The final action will be posted here when available.

Boating Regulations and the Maryland State Boat Act

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.

Maryland State Boat Act Advisory Committee

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.

Boat Act Advisory Committee Members

Thornell Jones, Chairman

Jon Sheller, Vice Chairman

Position Vacant, Officer at Large

Robin Allison

Bob Lunsford​

Amy Craig

Bob Nickel

Russ Dwyer

Fred Levitan

Joe Hellner

Chris Parlin

Steve Kling

Ram​ona Trovato​​

Mike Simonsen, State Committee Liaison

Jeannine Moaney, Staff Contact


Maryland State and Federal Requirements for Recreational Vessels

Maryland's waters offer wonderful opportunities for recreational b​oaters. 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.​​​​​


Boat Act Advisory Committee Links

Shoreline Erosion Studies

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229 to report the following

  • ​Boating accident or reckless activity
  • ​Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetland violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity

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