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Cartop boat launch is available at Mayo Beach Park through Mayo Wind.  Mayo Beach Park is a great launch site windsurfers and kiters as well as for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. There are several water trails that can be paddled to with several historic and scenic points of interest.
Access to the launch site is located off the entrance to the park just to the left after crossing the bridge. The area has a grassy rigging area and sandy beach. Parking is available at the site and it is a short distance to the water to launch. Parking or driving on the beach area is not allowed. There are limited services available in the park.
Mayo Beach requires a valid permit to utilize the launch area. No motorized watercraft may launch, land or park on the beach. Mayo Beach Park is not open to the general public, this permit is for boat launching only. No picnic or swimming is allowed. 

Mayo Wind Application

Permit Information

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Create an account and then register for Mayo Wind Permit. Once you have registered for the permit, you will receive an email confirmation with the combination code for the gate lock. 

Permits will enable you to park in the Mayo Wind launch area and launch watercraft in that area of the beach. Valid permit users only may use the Mayo Wind small craft launch area. Permit users must be accompanied with cartop watercraft, when  using the park. The beach is not available for picnicking or swimming while the permit holder is on their watercraft. If the area is full or it is wet, you should unload and then park at the top of the hill. Driving or parking is NOT permitted on the beach. 

Your permit should be displayed in a manner that it can be easily seen through the front driver’s side window of your vehicle. If you have more than one vehicle, place the permit on clean plastic or metal to display. It is mandatory to display your permit 

Restrooms and an outside shower are limited to when park staff is on site. Port-a-pots are available after April 1. Cartop launch is available 7 days a week from dawn until dusk with the exception of camp days. From the 3rd week in June through the 2nd week in August (approximately), camp is in session and the launch area is available after 3pm. Park availability may also be restricted due to special events. Please do not disturb the functions or intrude on ceremonies.

Please follow our rules and be careful on the water. The park has no rescue capabilities. You should sail with a buddy. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your permit being revoked.

Related Information

Windsurfer Info

The best wind direction for windsurfers is southeast and south, but east and northeast are also great. North, northwest, and west can be good, but if you break down, it’s a long drift to the Eastern Shore. The water is shallow for the first 200-300 yards then drops off. The river swell can get very large depending on the tide. Two to three feet swells are normal for the winds in the 12-18 mph range but can become significantly larger in higher winds. The swell is the long rolling variety but can get choppy with increased boat traffic. The water on the inside is good for beginners and the outside swell is good enough to loop. This site is good for all levels of windsurfers and kite boarders. Some of the attractions to see will be Thomas Point Lighthouse, Quiet Waters Park, Beverly Triton Beach, and London Town farther up the river. There are many small creeks along the shoreline to explore.

Water Trails History


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