Quiet Waters Park: Water Access
Cartop Boat Launch
Easy Access to Water/ Long Carry to Water
Longitude 76° 30’ 35.03” W
Latitude 38° 56’ 10.86” N
Nestled between the South River and Harness Creek, Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis offers a launching site off of Harness Creek. Situated in a protective area, the winds are generally mild.
- The launching site is 0.32 mile or 1,700 feet from the “I” parking lot (Blue Heron Center Parking Lot) to cartop boat launch area.
- Do not launch from the floating piers.
- Please launch from the shoreline area that is next to the boat house.
Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center. There is a daily vehicle entry fee of $6.00 per car. The park is open 7:00 a.m. to dusk. The park is closed on Tuesdays.
The park has a wide variety of family activities. Visitors can walk, jog, or bike on over six miles of paved trails winding through hardwood forests and past grassy fields, play at the multi-level children’s playground, enjoy the vistas of the South River Promenade and Scenic Overlook, observe the beautiful colors as the leaves begin to change, or picnic among 340 acres of beautiful park land. The park also has a dog park. The park’s Visitor Center includes formal gardens, art galleries and public restrooms. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the park during the warm weather months.
For more information call Quiet Waters Park at (410) 222-1777.
Quiet Waters Park offers a fishing spot on Harness Creek. Special rules may apply as noted. Please observe all state licensing requirements. Follow this link to view additional information about fishing in the parks
From Annapolis, take US-50 west. Take Exit 22, Route 665 (Aris T. Allen Blvd). Stay on Route 665 until it ends and merges with Forest Drive. Follow Forest Drive for 2 miles. Turn right at the Exxon Station onto Hillsmere Drive (There is a sign in front of Exxon saying “Quiet Waters Park-Next Right”). The park entrance is 100 yards on the right-hand side.