Flag Ponds Nature Park

1525 Flag Ponds Parkway
Lusby, MD 20657

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

Get a Map to the Park

Note: The pier will be closed on Mondays and Fridays March 23 through May 22, 2015, due to educational programming.


Memorial Day-Labor Day

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

Labor Day - Memorial Day

  • Fri & Mon: 9am-4pm
  • Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm
  • Tue-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

An entrance fee is required per vehicle.

BCNES membership does not include free entrance into Flag Ponds.

Annual Park Pass

$15 for in-county residents
$20 for non residents.
Vehicle registration is required for annual passholders.

$5 for each additional vehicle registered in the same name

Daily Park Pass

Personal vehicle, such as a car, van, truck, or motorcycle:

April - October: $4.00 for in-county residents, $6.00 for non residents

November - March: $3.00 in-county resident or non resident.

Walk-in/Bike: $2 person

Bus (commercial, private, or public vehicle able to carry more than 15 people): $25 per bus



Things To Do

Trail Map (pdf)

Nature's ARTcade Exhibit. Free. June 2015. For details...
  • 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.

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


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.

Upcoming Program

03/30/2015 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park

See a Calendar of All Our Programs

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

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.

Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education Society) is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s 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.

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