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|Brief Description:||Located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River, Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area offers 2,800 acres of habitat for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife. The area also boasts more than 30 miles of shoreline that park officials fight to protect from erosion.
This Eastern Shore island's flat topography means easy access to a variety of trails that provide glimpses of endangered species such as the Delmarva Fox Squirrel. The island also offers quiet coves where boaters frequently drop anchor for a night or weekend.
|Location / Directions:||Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area is located in Queen Anne's County, MD, just five miles south of U.S. Route 50 via Carmichael Road in Queenstown.
From Bay Bridge/Eastern Shore: Travel 12.5 miles eastbound on U.S. Route 50, and turn right onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5.1 miles on Carmichael Road until you cross the Wye Island Bridge. From the Wye Island Bridge, you travel south on Wye Island Road for approximately 4.2 miles. Park in any of the public parking areas along Wye Island Road.
From Easton, MD and south: Travel westbound on U.S. Route 50 to the MD Route 213 traffic light. Continue west on Route 50 for 3 miles, and look for signs for Wye Island National Resource Management Area (NRMA). Turn left onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5.1 miles on Carmichael Road until you cross the Wye Island Bridge. From the Wye Island Bridge, you travel south on Wye Island Road for approximately 4.2 miles. Park in any of the public parking areas along Wye Island Road.
|Address:||Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area |
632 Wye Island Road
Queenstown, MD 21658
|Visitor Phone:||(410) 827-7577|
|Activities:||The island has carved out approximately six miles of trails for hiking and wildlife viewing. The most popular trails are the School House Woods Nature Trail, the Wye Island Holly Tree Trail, and the Ferry Landing Trail. Wye Island also supports horseback riding and bicycling in some areas. Caution: Hikers, cyclists, and equestrians should avoid traveling on agricultural fields on the island.
Boaters tend to prefer Granary Creek and Dividing Creek off the Wye East River and anchorages near Drum Point on the Wye River to drop anchor and come ashore. Note: There are no boat launching facilities on the island.
Three primitive group campsites, including pit toilets, enable group camping (by reservation only). However, individual campsites are not permitted on Wye Island.
Wye Island prohibits alcoholic beverages, fires, and weapons. Keep motorized vehicles off of trails, fields, field edges, buffer strips, and grass waterways.
You must keep pets on a leash at all times (except while participating in an authorized hunt or chase). The island does not permit pets at the conference lodge or the group camping areas.
The island hosts managed deer hunts by permit only from mid-October to mid-December to maintain the ecological balance between the whitetail deer herd at Wye Island and their habitat. There also is limited fox chasing and raccoon hunting by permit only. In November, Wye Island hosts the National German Shorthaired Pheasant Association National Field Trial Championship. (Call the facility for more details about hunting events.) You also can go fishing from the island’s shoreline with the proper permits.
|Operating Hours:||Wye Island is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.|
|Fees:||There are no fees to visit Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area. Call the Wye Island office for fees to use the conference lodge or outdoor pavilion.|
|Visitor Facilities:||Wye Island also rents out the DNR Conference Lodge (Duck House) and accompanying grounds. The lodge itself accommodates 25-30 people. There is a self-service kitchen and an outdoor grill available to users. There are overnight accommodations for 12 people in a dormitory setting.
A new 100-person outdoor pavilion opened in Spring 2000. Call the Wye Island office to make reservations for the outdoor pavilion or the conference lodge.
|Accessibility:||The conference lodge is handicapped accessible. However, there are no paved trails at Wye Island.|