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.

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

Park Fees will increase January 1, 2017, including 2017 passes purchased in 2016.


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

April - October 2016: $4.00 for in-county residents, $6.00 for non residents

November - December 2016: $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

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

NOTICE: Park Fees will increase January 1, 2017, including passes purchased in 2016 for 2017.

January - March 2017: $5.00 in-county resident or non resident.

April - October 2017: $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 passholders.

$10 for each additional vehicle registered in the same name



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

10/03/2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Flag Ponds Nature Park
10/07/2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • 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.

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.

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