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Floating Dock Installed at Port Deposit


The new floating dock at Marina Park in Port Deposit, Cecil County.
Photo by Don O’Neill

The Town of Port Deposit and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services have finished installing a new floating dock on the Susquehanna River at Marina Park in Cecil County. The dock provides slips for boats 26 feet and longer, affording visiting boaters easy access to this historic tourist destination.

“Port Deposit is very excited that this project has come to fruition,” said Mayor Wayne Tome. “We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of DNR Boating Services. All of our Council Members and residents are extremely grateful and proud of our new docks.”

The dock, installed using steel piles, is 300 feet long, 6 feet wide and can accommodate up to 20 boats. The project also features an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible gangway with railings and a gate.

 The total cost of the project was $253,790, with $100,000 provided through Federal Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant funds and $153,790 through State Waterway Improvement Funds. The Federal Sport Fish Restoration fund is derived from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. This user-pay, user-benefit program assists in funding public recreational motor boating projects. The revenue from the State Waterway Improvement Fund comes from the 5 percent vessel excise tax paid when someone purchases and titles a boat in Maryland.

  • Linda Katz

    Can shore fisherman use it?

    • kking

      Hi Linda,
      The Port Deposit floating dock should be used primarily as a boating site. The funds provided for the installation of the dock are derived from State motor boat excise taxes and the federal tax on motor boat fuels, making it a product for boaters.

      However, there are a few fishing piers in the area. There is one at on the VA Hospital grounds just south of Perryville and a few others on Harford County side of the river at Havre de Grace including the Lighthouse pier, Congress Avenue pier and the Lockhouse pier.

      For a complete list of fishing locations check out the Chesapeake Bay Public Access Guide 2000. It was produced through a multi-state partnership and the Chesapeake Bay Program, the map shows public access sites within the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

      To receive a printed copy send an e-mail request to with “Map Request – Chesapeake Bay Public Access Guide 2000” noted in the subject line and include your name, complete mailing address, email, and phone number.

      Thanks for your inquiry!

  • Timothy Gravely

    Instead of a boat pier, Id like to see some of the money spent on decent bathrooms at the ramp. Those outhouses are disgusting. I mean stink as smell. The other boat ramps like Lapidum and Perryvillie has nice bathrooms. Clean up the Port Deposit Bathrooms Please.

    • kking

      Mr. Gravely, thank you for your interest in boating in Maryland. The Town of Port Deposit is in the process of renovating the restroom facility at Marina Park with funding from Program Open Space (

      Angie Crenshaw
      DNR Boating