Cartop Boat Launch at Mayo Beach Park

Mayo Beach Park cartop boat launch is located on the South River in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Mayo Beach Cartop Boat Launch Closure

Cartop Boat Launch at Mayo Beach Park will be temporarily closed starting October 16, 2023 through April 2024 due to shoreline construction. Visit the Cartop Boat Launch page for other water access points.

  • Available seven days a week from 7:00am until dusk. Closed weekdays the last week of June through the second week of August between the hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm for our yearly Adaptive Camp.
  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, including Sundays in September, all visitors will need a pass to enter, even people using the cartop launch. You must obtain a pass at in order to utilize the cartop launch.
  • Approximately 20 parking spaces are available at the cartop launch. The parking surface is a mixture of grass and sand. If it is raining or muddy, use the regular gravel parking lot at the top of the hill.
  • Those accessing the cartop launch may not picnic, swim, or hang out in the park during non-public open swim days. A boat/watercraft of some sort must accompany the vehicle with the intention of launching that day.
  • Port-a-Potties are available for use.
  • No overnight parking.

  • Our cartop launch is located inside the main gate of Mayo Beach Park. Directly on the left after entering the main gate, you will see a yellow chain with a lock at the entrance.
  • To access the launch, you will need to fill out our Cartop Launch Access Request form.
  • After filling the form out, you will receive a combination code in the next browser window. The code changes randomly. Please fill out this form each time you enter and as close to the time of launch as possible.
  • This form helps us know how many people are utilizing the cartop launch and will help in the event that someone does not return to their vehicle.