Public Access, Water Trails, and Recreation Planning Program

The Public Access, Water Trails, and Recreation Planning Program works with project partners (including state, local and federal governments, as well as boating and marine related interests) to plan, develop and promote public water access sites and water trails that provide water-based recreation opportunities for people to enjoy.


The Public Access, Water Trails, and Recreation Planning Program:

  • Coordinates statewide planning and development of public water access and water trails, and promotes coastal stewardship, place-based access, and sustainable industry opportunities along Marylandís coast and inland waterways.
  • Establishes and identifies Marylandís public waterway access infrastructure, tracks progress on goals and objectives related to public access, and implements projects that result in improved access to waterways.
  • Provides technical and design assistance for the development of maps, guides, and other information that highlights and interprets water-based recreation areas.
  • Informs access planning, economic development initiatives; and shoreline improvement for recreational and/or commercial uses through stakeholder engagement and by incorporating coastal hazard considerations into recreational and water access projects.


Maryland's Online Water Access Guide Water Trails in Maryland


Contact Information

Lisa Gutierrez

Chesapeake & Coastal Service

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Tawes State Office Building E-2

580 Taylor Avenue

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Phone 410-260-8778

Fax 410-260-8739

lgutierrez@dnr.state.md.us