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Boat Ramps

The Chesapeake Bay, Maryland's crown jewel, can be accessed by the boat ramps located in these County parks, which are open year round:

Cox's Point Park | Inverness Park | Merritt Point Park | Rocky Point Park | Southwest Area Park | Turner Station Park | Wilson Point Park

Ramps at these parks open daily year round at 6 a.m. All boaters are asked to be out of the parks by the closing time posted at the ramp.

Ramp Closing times

November, December, January, February and March
5:30 p.m.

April, May, September and October
8 p.m.

June, July and August
8:30 p.m.

Baltimore County does not charge a fee or require a permit to use the Chesapeake Bay access ramps at any of its parks. However, boaters using the ramp at Rocky Point Park from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day are charged a $5 trailer parking fee and individuals with kayaks, canoes and jet skis are charged the individual admission rate.

Cox's Point Park

A photo of Cox's Point Park Boat Ramp.
Cox's Point Park

Cox's Point Park, located on Back River, features one two-lane boat launch.

Vessel Size*: Large
Community: Essex
Community Office Phone: 410-887-0255

Directions to Cox's Point Park
I-695 exit 36 - Route 702 exit Eastern Boulevard towards Essex. Left on Riverside Drive. Park is at the end of the road.

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Inverness Park

A photo of Inverness Park Boat Ramp.
Inverness Park

Inverness Park, located on Bear Creek, features one two-lane boat ramp.

Vessel Size*: Large
Community: West Inverness
Community Office Phone: 410-887-7529

Directions to Inverness Park
I-695 exit 39 - Merritt Boulevard. Left on Wise Avenue. Right on Lynch Road. Lynch Road bears to the left. 

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Merritt Point Park

A photo of Merrit Point Park Boat Ramp.
Merritt Point Park

Merritt Point Park, located on Bull Neck Creek, features one two-lane boat ramp.

Vessel Size*: Large
Community: Dundalk
Community Office Phone: 410-887-7155

Directions to Merritt Point Park
I-695 East to Dundalk - Exit 39 Merritt Boulevard. Proceed two miles and turn left at Dunmanway traffic light. Follow to entrance into park.

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Rocky Point Park

A photo of Rocky Point Park deep water boat ramp.
Rocky Point Park

Rocky Point Park is located on the bay at the mouth of Back River. The park features both a deep water two-lane ramp and a shallow two-lane ramp. However, boaters using the ramp at Rocky Point from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day are charged a five dollar trailer parking fee and individuals with kayaks, canoes and jet skis are charged the individual admission rate.

Vessel Size*: Large
Community: Enterprise Division
Office Phone: 410-887-2818

Directions to Rocky Point Park
I-695 exit 36 - Route 702. Follow Route 702 south past its merge with Back River Neck Road. Continue on Back River Neck road for 2.3 miles. Left on Barrison Point Road. Right on Rocky Point Road, follow to park entrance. Main ramp is on the right past the gatehouse.

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Southwest Area Park

A photo of Southwest Area Park boat ramp.
Southwest Area Park

Southwest Area Park features Baltimore County's only public boat ramp on the Patapsco River. It is for shallow draft boats only.

Vessel Size*: Small
Community: Baltimore Highlands
Community Office Phone: 410-887-1453

Directions to Southwest Area Park
I-695 to Exit 9 - Hollins Ferry Road East. Right on Daisy Avenue Right on Annapolis Road. Left on Georgia Avenue - park is at end of road

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Turner Station Park

A photo of Turner Station Park boat ramp.
Turner Station Park

Turner Station Park is located on Peach Orchard Cove. It can accommodate large vessels at its four ramps.

Vessel Size*:  Large
Community:  Turner Station
Community Office Phone:  410-887-7155

Directions to Turner Station Park
I-695 east towards Dundalk. Take Exit 39 - Merritt Boulevard. Proceed for approximately two miles until Merritt Boulevard ends at traffic circle. Exit circle at Sollers Point Road. Go approximately one mile to traffic light at Dundalk Avenue. Proceed through signal for approximately 1/2 mile and turn left onto Avondale Road. Go approximately another 1/2 mile and turn left onto Rayme Road. Follow to park entrance.

Wilson Point Park

Photo of Wilson Point Park boat ramp.
Wilson Point Park

Wilson Point Park, the County's newest waterfront park, is located on Dark Head Creek and features one two-lane boat ramp.

Vessel Size*: Large
Community: Middle River
Community Office Phone: 410-887-0234

Directions to Wilson Point Park
I-695 east towards Essex. Exit onto Route 702 towards Essex. Take the Eastern Boulevard exit (east). Make a right on Wilson Point Road. Make a right on Beech Drive. Follow to park entrance.

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* Vessel Size is intended as a general reference to ramp capacity. Generally, vessels less than 16 feet in length are considered small and those greater than 16 feet as large.

In addition to the bay, the Department also provides access for boaters to the Loch Raven Reservoir at the Loch Raven Fishing Center, where boats may be rented for a relaxing day on the 2,400 acre reservoir.

Revised February 11, 2015

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