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Update Regarding Maryland’s Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation

UPDATED April 29, 2021

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Maryland is taking decisive action to address COVID-19. The Hogan administration’s highest priority is keeping Marylanders safe. Find the latest information on Maryland’s covidLINK website

Here are the latest guidelines for outdoor exercise, recreation, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) properties:


Recreational boating activities, including motorized and non-motorized vessels and personal watercraft, are permitted:


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting reservations for overnight tent and RV camping as seasonally allowed in state forests, parks, and other campgrounds, and for cabin rentals:


Recreational fishing activities are allowed:


Horseback riding activities, including riding on certain state lands, is allowed:

  • CDC guidance on facial covering and social distancing in public areas must be followed. 


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Service Centers are open by appointment only. Customers can schedule appointments online or call a local service center for assistance. Licenses, permits, and stamps can be obtained by using the department’s online COMPASS portal.

The department is reminding recreational hunters and anglers that they must have a valid license and any required permits or stamps to hunt or fish in Maryland. Due to the pandemic and the temporary closure of DNR’s licensing centers, a grace period was in place for existing license holders whose recreational hunting and fishing licenses expired during the state of emergency. That grace period ended January 1, 2021. 


Maryland public lands are open for safe outdoor activity although some indoor facilities are temporarily closed. Information specific to Maryland State Parks can be found by visiting the Maryland Park Service website

Visitors should observe CDC guidelines on visiting state parks and recreational facilities