Water Contact Alert for South Branch of Patapsco River
posted November 20, 2013
The Carroll County Health Department has issued a water contact alert for the South Branch of the Patapsco River as a result of a recent sewage overflow. The public should avoid water contact with this area of the river through at least December 20, 2013. Please contact the Carroll County Health Department at 410-876-1884 for additional information.
Avalon Area Road Repairs - posted September 18, 2013
The Avalon entrance road will be under construction due to water main work. The work will be starting before the end of September and will continue with good weather until December 31, 2013. No road closures will occur, however traffic will be limited to one lane with flaggers in place. For further information please contact 410-461-5005.
Dogwood Road Bridge Construction and Detour
Baltimore County Department of Public Works is currently in the final design phase for planning for the replacement of Bridge# B-0347 Dogwood Road over Dogwood Run in Baltimore County, Maryland. This project will require minor impacts to the Patapsco Valley State Park. Construction of the proposed project is expected to begin in July 2014. During construction Dogwood Road will be closed and traffic will be detoured via signed, detour routes. It is anticipated that construction will take five to six months. For more information, please refer to the attached Public Notice and associated detour map.
Preventative Vegetation Management
Please be advised that Baltimore Gas and Electric will be performing preventative vegetation management through areas of Patapsco Valley State Park. For information on this type of trimming work, refer to the following informational video prepared by BGE:
Sediment Temporarily Impacts Fishing Below Bloede Dam
Ellicott City, Md. (March 30, 2012) - Since the removal of Simkins Dam, sediment has made its way down the Patapsco River and is now filling deeper holes and pools below Bloede Dam. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds recreational anglers that this is only temporary. The occurrence is an expected and natural process that was accounted for during initial planning.
- Read the DNR press release regarding temporary sediment impacts to fishing below Bloede Dam.
- Patapsco River Restoration Update
WARNING: Paddlers & Anglers
Recent storms have scoured out areas of the Patapsco River at the old Union Dam site leaving exposed concrete and rebar, creating hazardous conditions. Park staff has clearly marked the hazards and will work to remove them as soon as possible. The Patapsco River and river bank remain closed through this construction area until further notice.
Secure Your Valuables
Secure your vehicle before you hit the trails at Patapsco Valley State Park. Valuable items left in plain sight in your vehicle are an invitation for theft. Leave your valuables at home, secure them on your person, or in secure, non-visable areas of your vehicle, such as your trunk.
Any groups requiring more than two facility rentals for one event (campsites, shelters, or any combination, thereof) must contact the park directly to make these arrangements. This will assure that park management will be able to assist you in making your event a success. Note: This service may be subject to a $25 Special Event Fee. Contact the Park Headquarters at 410-461-5005.
Inflatable Play Equipment Notice
Inflatable play equipment and trampolines are prohibited on site without a permit. This permit must be obtained 3 weeks in advance by the reservation holder of the event. To obtain a permit and the necessary paperwork required, contact the park office at 410-461-5005, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Due to the need for water conservation, any device requiring water (for instance portable swimming pools, dunk tanks, etc.) are NOT allowed in the park.
From the Beltway (I-695) take Rt. 40 West ( Exit 15). Follow Rt. 40 West 2 miles to the park entrance on the right.
From I-70/Rt. 29 take Rt. 29 South ( Exit 87) to Rt. 40 East 2 miles to the park entrance on the right.
Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City MD 21043
GPS 39.295459 76.788858
Park Headquarters is located in this area.
Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed all State Holidays.
Park maps, information, and hunter permits are available from this office.
Main Office: 410-461-5006
Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to Sunset
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us