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Information about the facility:

Located on the Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island, Maryland, the grounds include a public swimming beach with views of the Bay Bridge, a cafe, an outdoor amphitheater, trails through the surrounding woods, a family picnic area and a dog beach.

The facility is accessible from the Kent Island South Trail, making it an ideal spot to walk or bike to. The renovated clubhouse is an old ferry terminal that once served passengers traveling to and from the Sandy Point terminal on the western shore. There is ample parking available for those visiting the area and the clubhouse and grounds are available to rent for private parties and weddings.

Dogs are allowed at Matapeake but only on the dog beach which is adjacent to the public swimming beach. Leashed dogs must utilize the pet trail which begins at the fence that boarders the rear of the clubhouse. We invite you to bring your canine but please remember plastic bag to clean up after your pet.

The grounds and beach are open daily from dawn to dusk.

For up to date beach information and current beach conditions, please visit:
marylandhealthybeaches.org 


History of Matapeake:

Ferries ran at Matapeake beginning in July 1930, from Annapolis to Matapeake, as the connecting link between the eastern and western shores of Maryland. The clubhouse was built in 1936 to serve as a place to have a meal or get a drink while waiting to board the ferry. Prior to the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on July 30 1952, a three mile long line of cars often waited on peak summer weekends to board the small Matapeake ferry.

This particular route from Kent Island was a significantly shorter distance then the other ferry running at the time, the one from Claiborne (near St. Michaels) to Annapolis. The ferries were taken over by the State Roads Commission in 1941, and two years later the Commission moved the western terminal of the Annapolis-Matapeake ferry to Sandy Point, shortening the trip.

After 1952, the clubhouse was used by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a training facility and eventually vacated, leaving the building to fall into disrepair.

Renovations began on the clubhouse in 1999 and were completed in the spring of 2009. The facility and grounds were open to the public May of 2009 and since have served as a public swimming beach and location for event rental.

 


The original Matapeake Ferry Terminal


Ferry approaching terminal


John M. Dennis, Annapolis-Claiborne Ferry