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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:

Ramp Hours

Ramp hours are from sunrise to sunset year round for all boat ramps except Inverness Park and Turner Station Park.

Inverness Park and Turner Station Park Boat Ramp Hours

  • 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • November
    • December
  • 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • April
    • May
    • September
    • October
  • 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • June
    • July
    • August

All boaters are asked to be out of the parks by the closing time.

Boat Ramp Fees and Permits

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 trailer parking fee and individuals with kayaks, canoes and jet skis are charged the individual admission rate.

Boat Ramp Locations

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.

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

Cox's Point Park

820 Riverside Drive
Essex, Maryland 21221

Directions

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

Vessel Size: Large
Community: Essex-Stembridge
 

Inverness Park

A photo of Inverness Park Boat Ramp.
Inverness Park

2025 Inverness Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Directions

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

Vessel Size: Large
Community: West Inverness
 

Merritt Point Park

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

7800 Dunmanway Extended
Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Directions

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

Vessel Size: Large
Community: Dundalk-Eastfield
 

Rocky Point Park

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

2200 Rocky Point Road
Essex, Maryland 21221
Directions

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. 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: Agriculture, Nature and Special Facilities
 

Southwest Area Park

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

3939 Klunk Drive
Brooklyn, Maryland 21225

Directions

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
 

Turner Station Park

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

23 Rayme Road
Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Directions

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

Vessel Size: Large
Community: Turner Station
 

Wilson Point Park

The boat ramp at Wilson Point Park.
Wilson Point Park

950 Beech Drive
Middle River, Maryland 21220

Directions

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
 

Loch Raven Fishing Center Rentals

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 November 10, 2016        

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