OCEAN CITY STATE PARK
Ocean City State Park is a year-round, 170-acre camping park, featuring ocean beach, dunes and dense thickets of shore pine. Migratory birds may be viewed at the park, and beachcombing is a popular activity.
The area is part of the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds and is adjacent to the migratory route of gray whales and other sea mammals.
A creek stained various colors by algae and shore plants separates the beach from dunes. Wildflowers, including buttercups, wild strawberry and lupine color the beach grasses. Dense shore pine hugs tidelands and surrounds fresh and saltwater marshes. The park offers an excellent example of coastal wetlands and dune succession.
The area has an annual average rainfall of 100 inches.
Native Americans traveled over the flat and wide beach and early settlers carried supplies from Aberdeen to Minard's Landing by crossing the peninsula to Oyhut, traveling north on the beach. Although necessary for survival back then, fishing and clamming are now recreational pasttimes at the park.
Camping Fees : Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations). An additional $1 per night is added to the basic camping fees listed below at this high-use park. Basic camping fees are:
Standard campsite, $15.
Utility campsite, $21.
Primitive campsite (accessible by motorized/non-motorized vehicles) and for water trail camping, $10
An additional $3 fee (standard) or $5 fee (utility) may be charged for select premium campsites at some parks.
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.
More about park hours : Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Length of stay: you may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31. Campsite Information : The park has 149 tent spaces, 29 utility spaces, one dump station, four restrooms and six showers. The utility sites provide electricity. Loop four sites may also have water and sewer. Maximum site length is 50 feet (may have limited availability). There are three primitive campsites, each with a picnic table and campfire pit. To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Group Accommodations : The park offers two group camps that accommodate 20-30 tent campers each. RVs cannot enter the group camp areas. Up to four vehicles are allowed in the group camp parking lots. Additional vehicles may park in the nearby parking lot and are subject to an additional vehicle parking fee. Group camp rental fees vary with the size of the group. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.