Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway
Lusby, MD 20657

Park Office: 410-586-1477 
Reservations: 410-535-5327 

Directions

Just 10 miles south of Prince Frederick, look for the sign along ROUTE 4 and turn LEFT onto Flag Ponds Parkway.
Flag Ponds Parkway is 3 miles south of the traffic light at Calvert Beach/Ball Rd.

Get a Directions to the Park

Trail Map (pdf)


NOTICES & UPDATES

Please check the Park Hours and Trail Closings updates from the Natural Resources Division.

Due to high volume of visitation on weekends and holidays, expect temporary closures and delays for vehicular entry into the park. See details below.

Jellyfish are present in the Bay's brackish waters. Contact the park for the latest jellyfish update.


Hours*:

Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend

  • Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm
  • Sat-Sun: 9am-8pm

After Labor Day until Memorial Day weekend

  • Fri & Mon: 9am-4pm
  • Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
  • Tue, Wed,Thu: closed

*Please note that the beach and gate closes one half hour before the park closes. 

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day.

Entrance Fees

The entrance fee / park pass is per vehicle.  (Personal vehicle, such as a car, van, truck, or motorcycle)

Society membership does not include free entrance into Flag Ponds.

Daily Entrance Fee

Fee is per vehicle and good for the day of issue. If a visitor leaves the park, there is no guarantee of re-entry it to the park.

January - March:
$5.00 in-county resident or non resident.

April - October:
$5.00 for in-county residents
$8.00 for non residents

November - December 2017: $5.00 in-county resident or non resident.

Walk-in/Bike: $2 person

Bus (commercial, private, or public vehicle able to carry more than 15 people): $30 per bus

Annual Park Pass

$20 for in-county residents
$30 for non residents.
Vehicle registration is required for annual pass holders.

$10 for each additional vehicle registered in the same name.

Temporary Closings and Delays

During periods of high visitation, when Flag Pond's capacity has reached maximum it will be closed and traffic will be stopped at the entrance. When that occurs, no additional vehicles will be allowed to enter, including those with members of their party who may have already entered. If you are not traveling in the same vehicle with others in your party, we suggest that you all arrive at the same time or carpool. If any vehicle leaves the park it will not be permitted to re-enter until the park reopens. When the park is closed due to being full to capacity, individuals and groups with program reservations will be admitted, as parking is reserved for those purposes.

Things To Do

See a Calendar of All Our Programs

Program participants do not pay the entrance fee on the day of the program.

Upcoming Program

06/27/2017 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
06/28/2017 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
  • Beach
  • Beach Combing
  • Birdwatching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Fossil Hunting
  • Managed Hunting (permits through Maryland DNR)
  • Metal detecting (beach only)
  • Nature Study
  • Scuba diving
  • Swimming (no lifeguard on duty)

Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach or at the picnic area. No grills are allowed on the beach; we provide grills at the picnic area by the Visitor Center.

Park Regulations

Dogs are permitted in the park and on the beach, but they must be kept on a leash. Owners must pick up after their pets.

Groups of 30 or more must make reservations to schedule a naturalist-led program and pay any applicable fees.

Check the Tide Tables for Long Beach

Interesting Facts

  • Millions of years ago, sharks, whales, crocodiles and other creatures inhabited the waters and shores of this area.
  • Most of these animals are now extinct, others are just no longer found here.
  • To the sharp-eyed visitor, sharks teeth and other Miocene fossils may be found along the park's shoreline

Flag Ponds Nature Park is also part of Maryland's history.

  • From the early 1900's until 1955, three shanties housed fishermen during the main fishing season who  worked a major "pound net" fishery supplying croaker, trout and herring to markets as far away as Baltimore.
  • Known as "Buoy Hotel", the last shanty was destroyed in 2012 in a fire. It was rebuilt in 2015.

Public Beach Advisories Available Online 
The Calvert County Health Department conducts routine water samplings of the county’s public bathing beaches from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Before you head to the beach this summer, check for advisories by visiting the health department online. 

Call 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, ext. 334 or visit www.calverthealth.org.

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County‚Äôs natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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