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By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Boating In MarylandMaryland's boating culture is a cherished part of the state's recreational activities. With its extensive coastline along the Chesapeake Bay and numerous inland lakes, Maryland offers boaters a diverse range of waterways to explore. Boating is a beloved pastime for locals and visitors alike, drawing enthusiasts who seek the tranquility of sailing, the thrill of water sports, or simply the joy of spending time on the water with family and friends.

Among the popular boating destinations in Maryland, Deep Creek Lake stands out as a favorite among boaters. Nestled in the heart of the state's western region, Deep Creek Lake offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and plenty of opportunities for water-based adventures. Boaters can be seen cruising the lake on various types of boats, enjoying fishing, water skiing, or simply basking in the beauty of nature.

Pontoon boats are a common sight on Maryland's waterways, especially on the larger lakes and rivers. These spacious and stable boats are a preferred choice for families and groups of friends looking to relax and socialize on the water. Pontoon boats often feature comfortable seating, ample deck space, and sometimes even water slides or grilling stations, making them an excellent option for leisurely outings and gatherings.

Family boats are also in high demand, providing a balance between comfort and versatility. These boats are designed with families in mind, offering ample seating, storage space, and amenities for a day of fun and relaxation. Whether it's a picnic on the water, fishing with the kids, or exploring hidden coves, family boats are well-suited to create lasting memories on Maryland's scenic waterways.

Various types of boats cater to different interests and activities. From speed boats designed for water sports enthusiasts to sailboats for those seeking a more traditional boating experience, Maryland's boating industry accommodates a wide array of preferences. Fishing boats, with their specialized features for angling, are also popular choices for those keen on catching the plentiful fish in the Chesapeake Bay and the state's numerous lakes.

Rental boats are readily available throughout Maryland. Boat rental facilities offer a variety of watercraft, including kayaks, paddleboards, fishing boats, and pontoon boats, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy a day out on the water without the commitment of ownership. These rental options provide a convenient and accessible way to explore the beauty of Maryland's waterways and make the most of its boating opportunities.

Maryland's boating scene is thriving, with a wide range of boat types available for various activities and interests. From the serene waters of Deep Creek Lake to the iconic Chesapeake Bay, the state offers a picturesque backdrop for boating adventures. Whether it's a leisurely cruise on a pontoon boat, a family outing on a comfortable family boat, or the excitement of trying out different boat types through rentals, Maryland's boating experiences are sure to create cherished memories for all who embark on its waterways.

Find plenty of fun places to go boating in Maryland. Whether it's a family outing or just the guys going fishing or skiing, boating is fun for all. And there is boating in all corners of of the state. Whether you live in the northwest, northeast, southwest or southeast part of the state, chances there are plenty of opportunities to go boating nearby.

Boating in MD

Maryland is a boating paradise, get out in the great outdoors and enjoy it every chance you get.

For further information about boating in Maryland, contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Boating Licenses located at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. The phone number is 877-620-8367.

Maryland locator map - boating opportunities.
Maryland Resources


A B Seas Marine Services Inc
8099 Hillmark Ct, Ste C
Frederick, MD 21704
301 663-1994

Marine G D
4618 Wedgewood Boulevard
Frederick, MD 21703
301 831-4391


Valley Mill Kayaks
15101 Seneca Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301 840-7388


C & C Marine
216 Werner Rd
Baltimore, MD 21226
410 360-9143

Baltimore Marine Center
2701 Boston St
Baltimore, MD 21224
443 524-8829

Traveller Marine
6608 Ft Smallwood Rd
Baltimore, MD 21226
410 636-8682

Michaels Bay Marine
4432 North Point Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21219
410 477-3440

Sherrod Marine
1473 Stevenson St
Baltimore, MD 21230
410 752-2870

Marine Terminal Corp East
3001 Childs St, Ste B
Baltimore, MD 21226
410 355-1906


American Marine Cargo Inc
2700 Broening Hwy, Ste 103A
Dundalk, MD 21222
410 282-1190

Universal Marine Terminal
2700 Broening Highway
Dundalk, MD 21222
410 285-4973

Independant Marine Supply CO
8500 Cove Road
Dundalk, MD 21222
443 407-0136

Glen Burnie

K R Marine Inc
810 Crain Hwy N
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410 760-8982

West Marine Inc
6651 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410 761-5901

Daves Boat Trailer Sales
434 Crain Hwy N
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410 761-6460

Boatland Marine Discount Centers
7328 Ritchie Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410 768-3500

West Marine - Fairfield- Glen Burnie
105 Chesapeake Center Court
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
410 590-6556

Professional Power Sports
175 Penrod Court Suite N
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410 761-1337


Owens Ski And Sport
3070 Festival Way
Waldorf, MD 20601
301 645-8746

D And S Marine Service
2802 Old Washington Rd
Waldorf, MD 20601
301 374-6678


West Marine Inc
163 Jennifer Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
410 573-5744

Muller Marine
616 Third St, Ste 5
Annapolis, MD 21403
410 626-1238

Lunbar Marine
1214 Sterling Cir
Annapolis, MD 21403
410 990-0970

American Global Marine LLC
726 Second St, Ste 3A
Annapolis, MD 21403
410 263-0741

Passport Yachts East Inc
326 First St, Ste 404
Annapolis, MD 21403
410 263-0008

Passport Yachts East Inc
326 First Street Suite 404
Annapolis, MD 21403
410 263-0008


Elzey Custom Boats Inc
10 Washington St
Cambridge, MD 21613
410 901-9799

R And D Boat Supply Inc
22 Washington St
Cambridge, MD 21613
410 228-0674


J P Marine
29230 W Kennedy St
Easton, MD 21601
410 822-7439

B & E Motorsports
9541 Ocean Gtwy
Easton, MD 21601
410 822-6855

Castaways Marine LLC
29311 E Kennedy St
Easton, MD 21601
410 770-3338

West Marine Inc
8226 Ocean Gtwy
Easton, MD 21601
410 770-3080

Marine Mart
Po Box 702
Easton, MD 21601
410 822-0166

Abell Marine Yacht Sales LLC
8949 Mistletoe Dr
Easton, MD 21601
410 822-7700

Ocean City

West Marine Inc
12638 Ocean Gtwy, Unit 1
Ocean City, MD 21842
410 213-7543

Harbor Marine Inc
12731 Sunset Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
410 213-2296

Ake Marine Inc
12930 Sunset Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
410 213-0421

Boat Doctor Marine Inc
11850 Ocean Gtwy
Ocean City, MD 21842
410 213-1391

General Marine Supply
12658 Sunset Avenue
Ocean City, MD 21842
410 213-8123

Action Watersports
106 52nd Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
410 524-4769


Bayliner Marine Corp
6635 Benita Ave
Salisbury, MD 21804
410 546-8313

Silverton Marine Corp
2000 Industrial Pkwy
Salisbury, MD 21801
410 677-3530

Ellison Marine Inc
117 Clemwood St
Salisbury, MD 21804
410 546-3199

Bayliner Marine Corp
2305 Northwood Dr
Salisbury, MD 21801
410 546-0779

Hills Marine Services
602 Naylor Mill Rd
Salisbury, MD 21801
410 860-8363

Ellison Marine
1918 North Salisbury Boulevard
Salisbury, MD 21801
410 546-3199


This website focuses on all aspects of boating including new and used boats for sale, boat rentals, repairs, accessories, storage and more.

For convenience, resources are listed first by area of the Maryland, then by proximity to cities, waterways, parks, campgrounds and other relative attractions in MD. Cities listed in this section include Bowie, Columbia, Ellicott City, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Baltimore, Bel Air South, Dundalk, Glen Burnie, Towson, Clinton, Fort Washington, Hillcrest Heights, La Plata, Waldorf, Annapolis, Cambridge, Easton, Ocean City and Salisbury.

Resources are also identified nearby campgrounds including Casselman River State Park, Savage River State Forest, Youghiogheny River State Park, Hart-Miller Island State Park, Seneca Creek State Park, Susquehanna State Park, Chapel Point State Park, Purse State Park, Smallwood State Park, Pocomoke River State Park, Sandy Point State Park and St Mary's River State Park.

Rivers & Lakes For Boating in MD

Maryland lakes with boating opportunities are listed within quadrants of Maryland include Deep Creek Lake, Lake Jenkins, Rocky Gorge Reservoir, Triadelphia Reservoir, Youghiogheny River Lake, Liberty Lake, Loch Raven Reservoir, Mason Dixon Pond, Piney Run Lake, Prettyboy Reservoir, Back Creek, Bankhead Cove, Gilbert Pond, Gilbert Run Lake, Trinity Lake, Blackwater Ponds, Lake Lariat, Potomac River Reservoir, Savanna Lake and St Mary's Lake. Many of these lakes offer multiple boat launching facilities at various locations around the lake.

Maryland also affords some boating or canoeing on rivers like Potomac River, Youhiogheny River, Chester River, Monocasy River, Potomac River, Patuxant River, Choptank River and Nanticoke River.

MD boating equipment and gear.

Throughout Maryland you can find boat dealers, outdoor centers, sporting good stores, bait and tackle stores, RV centers and discount stores offering a wide variety of boating equipment, accessories and supplies.

Go boating in Maryland

Gather up the family along with some snacks and refreshing beverages and go enjoy the thrill of fresh air in your face and the sun on your back. When boating you can see parts of Maryland accessible only by water. Often you'll see birds and wildlife not normally seen in city areas. Plus, sunrises and sunsets always seem more majestic when you are in the great outdoors.

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