Caroline County

Location - The park is located on the Eastern Shore, two miles east of Denton, off RT. 404, on Deep Shore Road in Caroline County.​



Driving Directions:

​The park is located on the Eastern Shore, two miles east of Denton, off RT. 404, on Deep Shore Road in Caroline County.

Hours of Operation:

​Sunrise to Sunset

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

  • Pets are allowed in the campground
  • Pets are allowed in the day-use area
  • Pets are prohibited in the cabins

Hunting Policy:

  • No Hunting

Martinak State Park


George Martinak deeded this land of forests, fields and marsh to the state in 1961 for preservation as a recreational facility and a natural area for the enjoyment of all. Bordered by the Choptank River and Watts Creek, this area supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Anglers may enjoy the opportunity to catch bass, perch, sunfish and catfish.

The park is located with a hardwood and pine forests on the Choptank River and Watts Creek. Modern campsites and boating access are available. Amenities include hiking trails, playground, shelters and a nature center. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except the shelter and cabins.

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Campground & Bathhouse Renovations

The Martinak Campground and Bathhouse Renovation/Construction Project has been scheduled for the Fall/Winter/spring 2017-2018. The Campground will be closed from November 1, 2017-May 24, 2018.

We apologize for any inconvenience the construction plans may cause our park patrons. If you have any questions, please call the park at 410-820-1668, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


  • Fishing and Boating: The Choptank River and Watts Creek offer opportunities for fishing and boating. A boat launch and a pier allow for easy accessibility to the waterways. Anglers will find excellent fishing with abundant catches of bass, perch, sunfish and catfish. A Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License is required for fishing in the tidal waters of the river and creek. Canoes can be rented for a daily fee (April-October). Check with park personnel for current rates.
  • Camping: Sixty-three campsites are available for trailer or tent camping, thirty of which feature electric hook-ups. Each site is equipped with a camping pad, picnic table and fire ring. A modern bathhouse is centrally located in each camping loop. No water hook-ups are available, but potable water is conveniently located around each loop. A dump station is available for trailer use.
Martinak State Park Full Service Cabin
  • Cabins: Martinak State Park boasts four camper cabins and one full service cabin. The full service cabin overlooks the Choptank River and is available for year round rental. The full service cabin sleeps four and comes fully equipped with kitchen, bath facilities, heat, air conditioning and a screened in porch. The four camper cabins are located within the A camping loop and are available for rental early spring through late fall. They each sleep four and are equipped with ceiling fan, electricity and air conditioning. Each cabin features an outside fire ring, grill and picnic table. Restroom and shower facilities are located a short walk away.
  • Picnicking: Martinak's picnic areas contain picnic tables, playground equipment and restrooms. A pavilion overlooking the Choptank River may be reserved in advance for a fee by calling the Statewide Reservation System at 1-888-432-2267.
  • Nature Center: Explore the exhibits and aquariums in Martinak’s Nature Center. Take a stroll around the building and see the butterfly garden and historical features. Free weekend programs are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day – check the bulletin boards throughout the park for schedule details. While visiting, you can also purchase a park souvenir, ice cream treats, or rent a canoe.
  • Click here for camping season beginning and ending dates, and camping and shelter service charges.
  • Call 1-888-432-CAMP (2267) for reservations

    Click here to make reservations on-line for Martinak State Park.


Martinak State Park Trail Map

A new map of the trails at Martinak State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us