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April 17, 2014

Assateague State Park Project Puts Hold on Campsite Reservations for 2015

by kking

camper at AssateagueAssateague State Park is holding off on accepting reservations for the 2015 camping season until it has a more finite schedule for a proposed winter project. The park will announce an update on the project’s status and designate an opening date on its website October 6. Staff will not have any further information until this time.  

The proposed Dune Realignment Project aims to reduce future storm impacts to the park by relocating certain sites and amenities. The Maryland Park Service anticipates that most or all of the campsites will be available for reservation at the start of the 2015 season, which begins in late April, but wants to ensure all work will be complete before booking guests.

“As a barrier island, Assateague is a dynamic system that is always on the move,” said Park Manager Angela Baldwin. “The Maryland Park Service is working to protect the resources of the island while still providing the best access to the park for our visitors to enjoy. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to get this significant project up and running.”

The proposed project would relocate the southern portion of the dune approximately 115 feet to the west, also moving many of the camping loops and pads, and rerouting campground roads. The total number of campsites would remain at 350. The new alignment would continue northward and merge into the existing alignment between A and B loops. Once the sites are realigned, fencing, clay and dune grasses would be installed.

The update, including a final map with the new numbering system and site locations, will be posted October 6, 2014 to dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/assateague.aspx. Customers can call or go online to schedule their reservations on or after this date.

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