Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center


Merkle has five fishing ponds open to the public. Guy fishing in 1 of 5 fishing ponds open to public at Merkle State ParkThey are stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and various other species. Along with fishing, visitors can also enjoy wildlife observation and photography as these ponds provide prime habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Merkle ponds open April 1st of every year and close October 1st of every year. Please obey park hours.

If you plan to fish, please sign-in at our sign-in box located outside of the visitors center. Please obey the special fishing guidelines specified on the sign-in sheet and make sure you have your fishing licenses. All vehicles should be parked at the visitor center. Special parking arrangements can be made for those with disabilities who have an Access Maryland pass.

Fishing is regulated to help us manage the fish populations within the pond. Be aware that only two fishing lines may be in a pond at a time. If you have two lines, you are the only one allowed to fish. If someone else has a line in, you may only fish with one fishing line.