Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Helps Visitors Explore the Bay’s Special Places
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

New Map & Guide Available; Companion Website On-line

Annapolis, MD (07/31/01) - A new Map & Guide to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is now available to help visitors explore the special places and stories of the Chesapeake Bay. A companion website,, provides extensive information about the
Gateways Network and each participating Bay destination.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a system of 89 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities, and water trails in the Bay watershed. Each of these “Bay Gateways” tells a part of the multi-faceted Chesapeake story. Together, as the Gateways Network, they provide a way for people to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.

“The Gateways Network is a tremendous way for people to enjoy and learn more about one of the nation’s treasures - the Chesapeake Bay,” said Fran Mainella, Director of the National Park Service. “Building personal connections with this great estuary’s special places and stories is a key step in supporting the ongoing Chesapeake Bay conservation effort.”

Visitors can explore the Chesapeake’s natural areas at Gateways like Maryland’s Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge or Virginia’s York River State Park. The Bay’s history can be found at sites as diverse as Jamestown in Virginia and the Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Kayakers, canoeists and boaters can explore a series of developing water trails along Bay tributaries from Norfolk to New York State.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is coordinated by the National Park Service in a joint effort with the Chesapeake Bay Program, and their many partners. The Bay Program, a partnership of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of olumbia, the Bay Commission and the Federal government, works to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Map & Guide is available free of charge at most Gateway sites, as well as in many state welcome centers in Maryland and Virginia. To order a copy by phone, call toll-free, either: 1-866-BAY-WAYS (1-866-229-9297) in Maryland or 1-888-824-5877 in Virginia. Copies may also be ordered on-line from the Gateways Network website: The Gateways website also provides descriptions and links for all designated Gateways, as well as the ability to search for Gateways by activities, areas of interest or geographic location.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network will continue to expand in the future, adding additional sites and water trails. The National Park Service and other partners provide financial and technical assistance to designated Gateways to help tell the Bay story, improve public access and undertake conservation and restoration efforts.

For more information contact: John Maounis (410) 267-5778

Electronic version: Portable Document file (.pdf) - 21.7 kb

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY