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Saint Marys River State Park
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11175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, Maryland   20687

Phone: 301-872-5688
Situated at the northern end of the St. Mary's River watershed, the park shows a wide range of habitats, from wooded acres and fields to swamps and small streams. With such a diversity, you can also find many different types of plant and animal species. Check out a map of the area.

St. Mary's River State Park is separated into two areas, Sites 1 and 2. The Site 1 area holds the 250 acre St. Mary's Lake. Located along Maryland Route 5, between Leonardtown and Great Mills, at the end of Camp Cosoma Road, the area has become a popular freshwater fishing spot. Several species of fish are common to the lake including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill and sunfish. The lake has been designated a trophy bass lake and as such, special fishing regulations may be in effect.
History of the Area
From as far back as 3000 B.C., evidence indicates that Indians lived in the Southern Maryland area. Several different tribes occupied the area at different times, some of which include the Piscataway-Conoy, Algonquins, and the war-like Susquehannocks. Many of the names they used for their villages and rivers are still used today. Items left by these people such as arrowheads, axe heads and pottery can still be found in the fields along the stream banks of the St. Mary's River.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. The 250-acre St. Mary's Lake is open to rowboats, paddle boats and electric motor boats only - gasoline powered motors are not allowed on the lake. A boat ramp is available at the site for easy access into the water, but no rentals are offered so guests must bring their own equipment.
Enjoy fishing in a 250-acre lake, home to largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. A valid license is required.

Saint Marys River State Park is located near California, Leonardtown and Lexington Park

Saint Marys River State Park offers picnic tables and grills, perfect for a family outing. No pavilion or shelter available.
Biking enthusiasts can explore the 7.5-mile trail, but be aware it's shared with hikers and horseback riders.

The terrain is mostly flat making for an easy ride; however, some sections may have loose gravel or roots.

Remember to always wear a helmet while biking as safety should never be compromised even on easier trails.

During wet weather conditions, cycling might become challenging due to muddy patches along the path so proceed with caution.

Be mindful of wildlife that you could encounter during your bike trip such as deer crossing paths unexpectedly.

Please note: there are no rental facilities available in this area - bring your own gear accordingly.
The park offers birding opportunities with diverse species including waterfowl, songbirds and raptors. Birdwatchers can explore the 7-mile trail around St. Mary's Lake for optimal viewing spots. The area is also part of the Maryland Bluebird Society's nesting box program which attracts various birds.

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