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Parks are open from Dawn to Dusk. Public Landings are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Park pavilions and trail areas can be rented for gatherings and walk/run/bike activities. Conquest Beach rental is reserved for private parties such as weddings, family reunions, and company picnics. Matapeake Clubhouse is currently not for rent, but that may change for “off season” usage in the future. Matapeake Clubhouse does host a Café during the summer months.
Public Landing usage is by parking permit only. These annual and daily permits are sold over the counter by 16 vendors located throughout Queen Anne’s County. The Permit Application is available on the website. Matapeake and Romancoke Piers utilize a Kiosk machine for parking. The machines accept exact change or credit card and the cost is $10 per car.
Public Landings Officers and Park Rangers patrol the facilities for patron assistance and can issue citations for infractions of the rules and regulations. Payment of these citations can be done through the mail, or at our office. If a citation is left unpaid, the vehicle registration will be flagged and a release from our office will be needed to renew the tags. MVA charges a fee for this service above the amount of the citation.
Various season sport leagues and travel teams reserve our baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse fields and lights for practices, games, and tournaments. If a field has not been marked for play and a team is not utilizing the field, pick-up games are allowed. Field conditions due to inclement weather will be listed on the website.
Events on County owned property where the attendance for any type of event is expected to exceed 400 people or impact County services such as police, ambulance, fire departments. Sporting events with more than 10 teams.
At various times throughout the year volunteers are needed for various projects, such as tree plantings and clean-ups. Eagle Scout projects can also be arranged through the Department.
The Department encompasses 22 Parks including two equestrian trails, 10 Nature Areas, two beaches, 18 Public Landings - 10 of which has boat ramps, 3 Boat Slip Marinas, 2 fishing piers, Blue Heron Golf Course with Driving Range, and the Bay Bridge Airport. It works with both the public and private sectors to plan, acquire, design and develop, maintain, preserve and enhance the County’s natural resources, open spaces and waterfront properties while providing remarkable public recreation opportunities to the growing population. These amenities serve to stimulate economic development by spurring development of hotels, restaurants, fishing charters, organized water and sports activities, adventure tours and other ancillary uses of the County’s natural resources.