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 24 through May 23, 2014, 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.

Daily Park Pass

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

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




Things To Do

  • 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.

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

05/09/2014 10:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

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.

Nick Mirales, Kelly Bolen, Connie Sutton, Sarah Formy-Duval, Marie Thorpe, Ruslan Garland, Doug Barber. Photo by Doug Barber.

Battle Creek Nature Education Society (BCNES) is dedicated to the development of a responsible environmental ethic in all people by providing opportunities for environmental education and compatible recreation; and the preservation of the natural heritage of Calvert County. BCNES 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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