Maryland’s Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation

Due to the international COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Hogan issued a stay-at-home order for the state of Maryland, which remains in effect. Originally, the stay-at-home order allowed for very limited outdoor recreation opportunities and exercise. On Wednesday, May 6th, Governor Hogan issued an update that expanded outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state.

Check out the updated list of outdoor opportunities, and make plans to get out and safely enjoy some fresh air!

Fishing

Recreational fishing activities, including catch-and-release, are now allowed. Remember that when fishing on a boat, you must be with immediate family members, or people which you reside with. No more than 10 people may be on a boat at one time, this includes captain and crew. When you are fishing from shore, or at a pier, social distancing guidelines must be followed.

Please remember that all normal rules and regulations are in effect, and must be followed. This includes seasons, gear restrictions, limits, and more.

Boating

Recreational boating activities, including motorized and non-motorized vessels, and personal watercraft, are now permitted. Boaters must be with immediate family members, or people which they reside with, and no more than 10 people (including captain and crew) are permitted on the boat at one time. Boats must remain distanced from each other by at least 10-feet, and are prohibited from beaching, rafting up, or having rendezvous events.

Marinas can reopen to recreational boaters, but must adhere to Maryland Departments of Commerce and Health guidelines. Pump-out stations and boats may resume operations under the Departments of Commerce and Health guidelines.

Local jurisdictions may choose to open public boat ramps, but must ensure social distancing guidelines. All normal boating rules and regulations are in effect, and must be followed.

Beaches

All DNR-owned beaches are opened, and outdoor exercise such as; walking, jogging, running, swimming, and fishing are now permitted. Guidance on social distancing must be followed, as well at the prohibition on social gatherings. Chairs, blankets, and picnics are prohibited.

Camping

The Department of Natural Resources will have begun accepting reservations for overnight tent and RV camping in state forests, parks, and other campgrounds. Campers must be with immediate family members, or people in which they reside, and social distancing must be followed. No parties or reservations for groups over 10 people will be granted for any one site, and reservations for cabin rentals will not be accepted at this time.

The Maryland Park service is in the process of opening campgrounds in parks across the state, which is a multiphase process. This involves preparing visitor stations, opening restrooms and bathhouses, and bringing seasonal staff to manage the safety and well-being of visitors.

For more information, please visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Out-of-state visitors should follow the recommendations in their home states regarding travel and recreation, as well as the directives given by the state of Maryland.