Maryland's Online Water Access Guide

PUBLIC NOTICE: As of March 31, 2020, Recreational boating is prohibited until the governor lifts the executive order or until the State of Emergency has ended. However, if an individual is boating to seek food for them or their family, boating is permitted. Boats used to transport essential employees or goods as defined in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce are also permitted.

Since kayaking and paddle boarding are a form of exercise, they are permitted under the executive order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

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This web page provides information on public water access sites in Maryland. Sites listed include boat ramps and soft launches (specifically for non-motorized vessels). Detailed information on each site is organized by jurisdiction. In Maryland, non-motorized vessels may launch from boat ramps but are encouraged to use separate soft launch areas if one is provided at the same site.

The majority of public water access sites in Maryland are managed and maintained by the local jurisdictions in which they are located. Fees, permits and regulations vary by jurisdiction so it is highly recommended that you contact the managing entity to clarify requirements before you go. Phone numbers for site managers are listed in the site details.

Maryland Public Water Access Guide

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The information on this site changes frequently. Input and comments are welcome and can be submitted by e-mail to or sent to:

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Public Access, Water Trails and Recreation Planning Program
580 Taylor Avenue, E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401