St. Mary's County,
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Elms Beach Park
MD 235, Bay Forest Road; open water of Chesapeake Bay, Dameron. Launch or visit by water.
Myrtle Point Park
MD 4, Patuxent Boulevard; paddle Mill Creek or Patuxent River; California. Launch or visit by water.
Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Park
MD 5 to MD 249 Lighthouse Road, Piney Point. No launch area; paddlers may visit by water.
|County operated public landings are closed between sunset and sunrise.
No overnight parking, camping, or open fires at public landings.
No glass bottles or containers and no littering at landings; paddlers are encouraged to adopt the “carry-in, carry-out policy.”
Always leave word with someone about your paddling plans.
Always check the weather forecast before paddling; weather can change suddenly and create dangerous conditions. Calm conditions in sheltered areas can easily disguise more hazardous conditions offshore.
Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket.
Carrying a cellular phone is a good idea, though some areas may have weak coverage.
Please be aware that most of the shoreline in St. Mary’s County is privately owned and trespassing is unlawful.
|St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation & Parks is interested in promoting canoe/kayaking opportunities in local waterways. Please contact
Ken Spring with the Calvert Marine Museum Canoe and Kayak Club if you would like to join the club and participate in activities.
For more information on the PaddleQuest group, please visit the PaddleQuest website. PaddleQuest is a working guide to canoe and kayak trails of Southern Maryland. This site contains trip descriptions for bodies of water in St. Mary’s, Charles, and Calvert counties.
Kayak handling classes are periodically offered at the Great Mills Swimming Pool. Please call Bill Gallagher at (301) 373-5279, or the pool at (301) 866-6560, for more information. For questions regarding operations or maintenance at public landings, please call the Parks Division at (301) 863-6068.