Situated at the north end of the St. Mary’s River watershed, in the center of the county, the park consists of approximately 2,000 acres of land with a 250-acre fishing lake. The relatively flat landscape of St. Mary’s County is not usually thought of as mountain biking terrain; however, the nine-mile course encircling the 250-acre lake at St. Mary’s River State Park is a little known treasure. This course is also available for hiking.
Located at the tip of St. Mary’s County at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, Point Lookout served as a watch post during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. During the Civil War, it served as a Union hospital and a prison camp for captured confederate soldiers. There are 143 wooded campsites available; 26 of these have full hook-ups. 31 of these have electric. One campsite for youth groups is also available; reservations are required for the youth group site by calling the park. The park features three fishing areas available 24 hours, including a 710 foot pier (24 hour operation May 1-November 30). A valid Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing license and appropriate stamps are required. Swimming is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach area has grills, picnic tables, and a playground. Facilities include showers and restrooms. A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. Boat rentals and supplies are also available at the camp store. The Civil War Museum/Nature Center is open seasonally. Park open daily dawn to dusk April – October and 10AM to 4PM, November – March. Call for museum hours. Point Lookout occasionally fills to capacity on summer weekends and holiday weekends. During these times you will not be able to enter the park, nor will you be able to drive through the park. You may call 301-872-5688 to check on our visitation volume, however we can make no guarantees that we will not be filled to capacity by the time you arrive.
Located just one mile from the main stem of the Potomac River, Sweden Point hosts many bass tournaments. The marina has six boat ramps and piers to facilate launching. Many park amenities are available. Take Route 301 to Route 225 West in La Plata and left onto Route 224 and follow signs to the parks. From Route 210, take Route 225 East in Indian Head to right onto Route 224 and follow signs to the park.
16320 Cobb Island Rd, Cobb Island, MD 20625
Shymansky’s has a single ramp located in quiet waters near Cobb Island with easy access to the Wicomico and Potomac Rivers. To reach from Route 301, travel East on Route 257 (Rock Point Rd) to Route 254 (Cobb Island Rd). Follow Route 254 to Shymansky’s, on the left just before the bridge. Boat Ramp and restaurant
Captain John’s Restaurant in Cobb Island has a single concrete ramp and limited parking. Boaters must park at roadside after launching. Ramp fee. Route 301 travel east on Route 257 (Rock Point Road) to Route 254 (Cobb Island Road). Follow Route 254, on the right just before the bridge.
Adjacent to the Harry Nice Bridge, this marina sits in a central location to some of the best rock fishing in the state with excellent large-mouth bass fishing a short distance upstream. There is a single concrete ramp, as well as a protected marina with a ships store and gas pumps. The ships store is an official checking station for stripers, and has fishing tackle and accessories for anglers.
Located on a Potomac River tributary, the 628-acre park features a marina, boat launch, camping, tournament level bass fishing, the Mattawoman Creek Art Center and Smallwood’s Retreat, home of Revolutionary War General William Smallwood.
This ramp, with pier, is located along deep water in Mattawoman Creek. The boat ramp is maintained by the Town of Indian Head and is part of Mattingly Park. The ramp can best be described as adequate and is most often frequented by bass boaters and small boat owners. There is a ramp fee honor box at the rampside. Parking is available for approximately 15 vehicles. Follow Indian Head Highway (Route 210 South) to the end of the road, about 18 miles from the Washington Beltway. Turn left onto Mattingly Ave to the ramp.
The Marshall Hall Ramp is a double-wide concrete ramp with pier located on the main stem of the Potomac River just west of the town of Bryans Road. No launch fee with ample parking available. Indian Head Highway (Route 210) in Bryans Road. West to the dead end at the ramp.
Open seasonally. Within this scenic wooded parkland are hiking and nature trails, picnic areas (grills and tables), picnic pavilions, playground areas, fishing piers, and a boat ramp (electric motors only, please). The main attraction is a 60 acre fresh water lake which affords fishing, pedal boating, rowboating and canoeing. Fishermen are able to catch bass, bluegill, trout and catfish. Fishing supplies, fishing licenses and concessions are available. Gilbert Run Park is located 8 miles east of La Plata on Route 6.