Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park provides its visitors with endless memories and unforgettable stories to be passed down from one generation to the next. The park is open year round and is a site on the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.

This 786-acre Maryland State Park is located along the Northwestern shore of the majestic Chesapeake Bay. The park’s beaches and picnic areas are well known for their breathtaking scenic water views that overlook one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay. The park was first opened on June 25, 1952 and has provided its guests with various activities and services ever since. Some of these activities and services include Swimming Beaches, Picnicking, Fishing, Crabbing, Boating, Hiking, Youth Group Camping, Areas of Historical Interest and Wildlife Viewing. The Park also offers a marina store and boat rentals.

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Hours

January 1 through March 31 -- 7 a.m. to sunset
April 1 through October 31 -- 6 a.m. to sunset
November 1 through December 31 -- 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fishing -- 24 hour access January through mid-November
Boating -- 24 hour access year round

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

When the Contact Station is not staffed, the automatic toll will be in operation. The automatic toll machine accepts exact change only in the form of $1’s, quarters, MasterCard and VISA credit cards.

Day Use Service Charges on Weekends and Holidays

  • January 1st to March 31st -- $3.00 per vehicle
  • April 1st to October 31st -- $5.00 per person for Maryland resident -- $7.00 per person for non-Maryland resident
  • November 1st to December 31st -- $3.00 per vehicle

Day Use Service Charges Weekdays (not including holidays that fall on a weekday)

  • January 1st to April 30th-- $3.00 per vehicle
  • May 1st to September 30th -- $4.00 per person for Maryland resident -- $6.00 per person for non-Maryland resident
  • October 1st to December 31st -- $3.00 per vehicle

Sunrise to Sunset boating and fishing cost $3.00 per vehicle, year round.

History

Because it was a port town and state capital, nearby Annapolis feared it would be a British target during the War of 1812. But with a military camp and four forts to protect it, the British passed the city by for easier marks.  The British fleet blockaded Annapolis in April 1813 and again in July.  In August 1814, British warships came close to Annapolis on their way to Baltimore after burning Washington.  Seven British deserters came ashore at Sandy Point. At the time, the land was the home of 1st Lt. Baptist Mezick. His house still stands in the park.  Residents of Annapolis panicked, thinking their city was the next target.  Lookouts used the dome of the Maryland Statehouse to track the British navy’s movements, and alarm guns and signals from Forts Madison and Severn sounded as far as Sandy Point.  But Annapolis was lucky—the British never landed near the city, and it survived the war untouched.

he Sandy Point Shoal lighthouse was built in 1883 and features a 37-foot Empire-style, eight-sided red brick tower with a white roof and black lantern, which houses a 4th order Fresnel lens. This structure replaced an earlier Sandy Point Light that had been built on land where Sandy Point State Park is located now. The original lighthouse, a brick tower constructed in 1858, was located on shore and situated in a poor location.

Activities

Sandy Point's marina facility offers 22 launching ramps and a concession that sells bait, tackle, fuel, and fishing licenses. The park also rents rowboats and motorboats.

The park provides lifeguards on its beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and there's a food concession adjacent to the park's South Beach. There are 12 picnic shelters for group rentals.

Sandy Point also features several hiking trails and a playground.

The park supports youth group camping year-round. Call the park office to reserve a campsite.

Fishing from the shoreline is permitted in designated [A couple fishes at Sandy Point's South Beach] areas. There are several rock jetties in the park and a fishing pier located next to the boat launch ramps. The park allows night fishing; however, only people who are actively fishing can be in the park after the park closes. The Chesapeake Bay blue crab is a delicious treat and can be caught on the park’s fishing and crabbing pier located at the south end of the boat launch ramps. 

The park’s grassy picnic areas are located next to the swimming beach.

Facilities

Sandy Point State Park contains a marina with 22 launching ramps and a store, 12 picnic shelters, youth-group campsites, and a playground.

The Sandy Point Nature Center, located in the heart of the park, is an education center which displays collections of local wildlife including a snake, turtles and frogs. Visitors of all ages will also enjoy hands-on displays and an area where they can dress up like a ranger. The park also offers a wide variety of interpretive programs for visitors of all ages, as well as environmental education programs for grades 3-8.

The Marina Store, located near the boat launch ramps, is open from mid-April through mid-October. Here you can purchase a variety of boating, fishing, crabbing and picnicking supplies. Boat fuel, ice, snacks and drinks are also available for sale. Rowboats and 6hp motorboats are also available for rent on a first come first served basis.

Accessibility

Sandy Point State Park offers accessible food and beverage concessions, fishing, picnic areas, shelters, bathhouses, sailing concessionaire, and playgrounds.

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the thrill and freedom of sailing to persons with disabilities, recovering warriors, and disadvantaged youth. C.R.A.B. operates a fleet of sailboats from floating docks at the Sandy Point State Park marina. The dock and boats are fully accessible for persons with limited or no mobility. C.R.A.B. offers Group Sails Tuesday and Thursday of the week and on the third Sunday of the month. Sail Frees are open to everyone. Please visit the CRAB website for more information and scheduling.

Pets

Pets are welcome from October 1 through April 30 only. No pets are allowed from May 1 through September 30.

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