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The Best Fishing in Maryland

Looking for the best fishing in Maryland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maryland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fishing spots in and near Maryland

  • Nanjemoy, Maryland

    Paddle through the Ghost Fleet of the Potomac at Mallows Bay

    4.5
    The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay, as it's now known, is the result of our great nation's call for 1,000 wartime transport vessels to be built in 18 months. The quick deadline led to hasty construction and, when World War I ended before the contract was fulfilled, hundreds of ships sat unused. Attem...
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  • Baltimore, Maryland

    Paddle Dundee Creek

    1.5 mi
    Follow the main entrance road down and to the right of the nature center to a turn around loop, where a car can be temporarily parked to unload/load boats onto the pier. You can launch canoes and kayaks on the end of the pier which goes directly out to Dundee Creek. From the launch site, paddlers...
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  • Laurel, Maryland

    Hike the South Tract Trails at Patuxent Research Refuge

    5 mi
    From the visitors center, start on the Fire Road trail. From there, it's a choose-your-own adventure (choose-your-own ecosystem, actually). Pick the Laurel and Valley Trails to stay in the quiet (and maybe enchanted? It felt enchanted) forest. Goose Pond trail is a short jut to a--yup--pond, wher...
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  • Columbia, Maryland

    Hike the Lake Elkhorn Trail

    4.0
    1.99 mi / 22 ft gain
    To get started on the Lake Elkhorn Trail, park in the lot to access the trail (see map). This is an ideal trail to walk with kids, or to do by yourself! Dogs are welcome too. 
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  • Laurel, Maryland

    Hike the Cash Lake Loop - Patuxent Research Refuge Trail

    4.0
    2.17 mi / 52 ft gain
    Park in the lot off of Tram Route Rd (see map) to access the trailhead. This is a short, popular hike that is great for kids and is dog-friendly.
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  • Crisfield, Maryland

    Kayak Camp at Janes Island State Park

    5.0
    Everyone goes to the Eastern Shore. Few people get to experience the Bay like this. The journey out to the Long Point backcountry site is a bit arduous, especially if you haven't studied the tide charts (guilty). The last mile or so requires a paddle through rough, open waters. Crab and cruising...
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  • Edgemere, Maryland

    Hike the Black Marsh Trail at North Point State Park

    2.5 mi
    First, a few disclaimers: The parking lot may be "at capacity" if you choose to visit the park in the summer. Do not despair; there is an auxiliary lot of sorts just near the gate.The park may be "full" but chances are you'll have the trails to yourself. Most people are here to hang in the design...
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  • Cambridge, Maryland

    Kayak the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

    5.0
    The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect place to get away for a day. It offers more than 28,000 acres of marsh, forrest, and croplands which are teeming with wildlife.  The refuge has a visitors center which is a good place to start the adventure and acquire knowledge of the area, th...
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  • Annapolis, Maryland

    Kayak into downtown Annapolis via Spa Creek

    There is no better way to travel into Annapolis then by under your own power on water.  Put in your kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board at the Truxton Park Boat Launch (run by the City Parks Department) and paddle into downtown Annapolis on Spa Creek.  Pass other boaters, beautiful waterfront ...
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  • Huntingtown, Maryland

    Paddle the Patuxent River through Maryland

    While there are many parks along its length, one of the best places to explore along the 115 mile long Patuxent River is by putting in at Kings Landing Park.  There is ample parking near the launch, and while vehicles are not allowed to park near the water, vehicles are encouraged to open the gat...
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  • Fishing Creek, Maryland

    Kayak to Barren Island

    3 mi
    Barren Island is an uninhabited island located in the Chesapeake Bay. It is part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex and is known to be a swan nesting ground, as well as an active restoration project led by Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, the FWS, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, an...
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  • Wye Mills, Maryland

    Kayak around Wye Island NRMA

    With over 2,400 acres of managed land, Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area is the perfect spot to explore via the water.  There is a public boat launch in Wye Landing near the island, put in your boat there and head south a little to connect with the island's coast.  To fully circle the i...
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  • Berlin, Maryland

    Assateague Island Trail

    9.62 mi / 151 ft gain
    Assateague Island Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Ocean City, Maryland.
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  • Kingsville, Maryland

    Old Quarry and Little Gunpowder Loop

    3.14 mi / 354 ft gain
    Old Quarry and Little Gunpowder Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Kingsville, Maryland.
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  • College Park, Maryland

    Lake Artemesia Natural Area Trail

    2.43 mi / 82 ft gain
    Lake Artemesia Natural Area Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near College Park, Maryland.
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  • Boonsboro, Maryland

    Big Red Trail

    5.02 mi / 823 ft gain
    Big Red Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Boonsboro, Maryland.
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