Point Lookout State Park
Scotland, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Point Lookout State Park sits at the southernmost tip of Maryland's western shore on a peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Recreational opportunities abound in this picturesque Bay setting. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed.

The park's peaceful surroundings belie its history as the location of a prison camp for more than 52,000 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. A museum on site recounts this vivid history.

Location / Directions: The park is at the southern tip of St. Mary's County, at the junction of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. It can be reached via Maryland Route 5.
Driving Directions
Physical Address: Point Lookout State Park
1175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, MD 20687
Mailing Address: Point Lookout State Park
P.O. Box 48
Scotland, MD 20687
Visitor Phone: (301) 872-5688

A Civil War Museum / Marshland Nature Center is operated seasonally, offering programs in nature and Civil War history.

Camping and campfire programs are available; call 1-888-432-CAMP(2267) for camping reservations.

The park features three fishing areas available 24 hours, including a 710 foot pier; a valid Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing license and appropriate stamps are required. A boat launch facility and fish-cleaning station are available for boaters. Boat rentals and supplies are also available at the camp store.

Swimming is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach area has grills, picnic tables, a playground, and shower and restroom facilities.

There are 200 acres set aside for deer hunting (bow & black powder only). A valid hunting license and appropriate stamps are required.

Park maps are available at the camp office, ranger station, headquarters, Civil War Museum / Marshland Nature Center, and/or camp store.

Boat Access Camping Fishing Hiking Picnicking Swimming

Operating Hours: The park is open year-around. Camping and some other activities are seasonal.

October - April: $3.00/vehicle for MD resident and $4.00/vehicle non-resident

May - September: Weekdays $3.00/vehicle for MD resident and $4.00/vehicle non-resident. Weekends and Holidays: $5.00/person for MD resident and $6.00/person non-resident

Visitor Facilities: Boat launch and boat rentals; 143 wooded campsites (26 with full hook-ups and 27 with electric only); six four-person camper/cabins available for overnight stays, beginning April 1; camp store; dump station; hiking trails; pet trail; picnic area; playground; swimming; Civil War Museum / Marshland Nature Center; pavilion and cottage.
Accessibility: A limited number of accessible campsites are available at Point lookout. The 710' fishing pier at Point Lookout is accessible. Accessible picnic sites are located at the beach area and at the first four sites at Green's Point.
Website: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/pointlookout.html

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