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Anne Arundel County’s Department of Recreation and Parks is pleased to provide information pertaining to Cartop Boat Launch sites.

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


  • Park hours are 7:00 a.m. to dusk
  • 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

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.
Certain Inflatable Kayaks Allowed at 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. 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.




(410) 222-7300