The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $12.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state.

One of the grants will go towards renovating the marina comfort station at Sandy Point State Park. Photo courtesy Maryland Department of the Environment

This critical Fiscal Year 2019 funding will go toward 57 projects in 18 counties, from Garrett to Wicomico counties as well as Baltimore City.

“Boating is a cherished way of life our state, both as an industry and for recreation,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We are committed to expanding opportunities for our citizens and visitors to appreciate all that our waterways, coastal bays, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean have to offer, and these grants will allow even more Marylanders to make memories out on the water.”

Funded projects include the dredging of local and federal navigation channels, maintaining public boating access facilities, improving and upgrading existing infrastructure such as bulkheads, parking, piers and ramps, and purchase of rescue equipment for emergency and first responders.

“Boating is a way of life in the Old Line State, with the boating and maritime industries supporting thousands of jobs in Maryland and contributing billions of dollars to our economy and environment,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The Waterway Improvement Fund is a vital state resource that ensures that residents and visitors alike can access world-class recreational boating opportunities safely and enjoyably.”

Waterway Improvement Fund Projects Include:

Anne Arundel County 

  • Solley Cove Park, Curtis Bay
  • Bodkin Creek, Pasdadena
  • Cypress Creek, Severna Park
  • Eli, Sloop, and Long Cove, Pasadena
  • Lake Ogleton, Annapolis
  • Cornfield Creek, Lake Shore
  • Sandy Point State Park
  • Cox Creek, Curtis Bay
  • Snug Harbor, Shady Side
  • Cattail Creek, Severna Park
  • City Dock, Annapolis

Baltimore City

  • Middle Branch Park
  • Baltimore City Fire Department

Baltimore County

  • Merritt Point Park, Dundalk
  • Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department, Middle River

Calvert County

  • Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons
  • Hallowing Point State Park, Prince Frederick
  • Calvert County Department of Public Safety Fire-Rescue-EMS

Caroline County

  • Choptank Marina, Preston
  • Crouse Park, Denton

Cecil County

  • Elk River Park, Elkton

Charles County

  • Smallwood State Park, Sweden Point Marina

Dorchester County

  • Cambridge Marine Terminal, Cambridge
  • Elliott Island Marina
  • Town of Vienna Waterfront, Vienna
  • Taylors Island Road
  • Town of Secretary

Garrett County

  • Deep Creek Lake, Arrowhead Cove
  • Deep Creek Lake State Park, Swanton

Harford County

  • Otter Point Creek and Bush River, Abingdon
  • Otter Point Creek Boat Launch, Abingdon
  • West Taylors Creek, Joppa
  • Rumsey Island and Taylor Creek, Joppa
  • Havre de Grace City Yacht Basin

Kent County

  • Chestertown Marina
  • Quaker Neck Landing Road, Chestertown

Montgomery County

  • Seneca Landing Park, Poolesville

Prince George's County

  • National Park Service, Fort Washington Marina

Queen Anne's County

  • Princes Creek, Stevensville
  • Kent Narrows, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Channel, Chester
  • Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center, Chester
  • Matapeake Marine Terminal, Stevensville
  • Centreville Wharf
  • Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department

Somerset County

  • Rumbley Harbor
  • Ewell County Dock, Smith Island

St. Mary's County

  • Leonardtown Wharf
  • Ridge Volunteer Fire Department

Talbot County

  • Tongers Basin, Knapps Narrows, Tilghman Island
  • Oxford Boating Facilities
  • Back Creek Park, St. Michaels

Washington County

  • National Park Service, Four Locks Boat Ramp, Clear Spring
  • Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro

Wicomico County

  • Cedar Mill Marina, Bivalve

For specific project details and grant amounts, visit the Maryland DNR.