St. Mary's County,
Employee Status: Normal
Office Status: Normal
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.
|For questions regarding
operations or maintenance at public landings, please call the Parks
Division at (301) 863-6068. Number should be (301) 863-8400 ext. 3570.