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Canoe & Kayak Launch Sites and Fishing Spots
Cartop Boat Launch Site Guide
Anne Arundel County’s Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to provide you information pertaining to its Cartop Boat Launch program. Included within this site you will find information such as locations, number of parking spaces, permit information, hours of operations, contact phone numbers, fees, park amenities and more.

You will also find a section entitled “Fishing Spots”, which provides park locations within the county where fishing is permitted. Please take the time to navigate through the site to become familiar with the program.

For additional information contact the Park Administration office at
(410) 222-7317.


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Cartop Boat Launch Sites
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Fishing Spots
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Rules and Regulations
Relevant to Cartop Boating
  • Park hours are 7:00 a.m. to dusk unless posted otherwise
  • No swimming
  • No camping
  • No trailers
  • No alcohol
  • No fires
  • No overnight parking
  • All trash must be taken with you or place in a trash receptacle



Certain Inflatable Kayaks Now Allowed at Anne Arundel County Cartop Boat Launch Sites

Inflatable kayaks must have multiple air chambers and be made of heavy duty PVC-coated polyester, Hypalon or similar material. These kayaks are meant to perform in a similar manner as rigid kayaks (example shown). Inflatable toy kayaks or rafts which are not designed to be placed in moving or rough water are prohibited from using the County Cartop Boat Launch sites. There is a distinct difference between these two different types of inflatables and for safety purposes you should never launch any craft that is not designed for the body of water being entered.

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 What is a Cartop Boat?

In general a cartop boat refers to a canoe or kayak, although a boat that can be carried on or in a passenger vehicle that can be transported by hand to the water may qualify as a cartop boat. None of the cartop boat launch sites has a ramp for trailered boats. 

For further information or special access needs please call (410) 222-7317.

Please note that some sites are a long carry to the water or are difficult to access.



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