Point Lookout Beach

Point Lookout is the peninsula where the Potomac River enters the Chesapeake Bay. While the park is rimmed by sandy beach, the Bay-side is a dog beach and for fishing. The swimming beach is on the river side with a tree-covered picnic area separating it from the nearby parking lot.

Point Lookout State Park is a full-service family beach with lifeguards, a bathhouse, park store and nearby parking. And because the swimming beach is on the Potomac side of the peninsula, the river’s fresh water reduces jellyfish. However, they still sneak upriver as the tide brings in the briny Bay, generally starting mid-summer. They go away in the fall. It all depends on rainfall and temperature.

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The park features various fishing areas, including the 710 foot Fishing Pier, which is in operation mid-April until the third week in December. A valid Coastal Sport Fishing license and appropriate stamps are required.

The beach is open for swimming daily from 6am to sunset, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. But you can still walk the beach year-round from sunrise to sunset. And dogs are allowed on the swimming beach off-season if they’re on a leash.

Lifeguards are on duty during season. Enter the water at your own risk the rest of the year.

Limited parking is available near the entrance of the beach picnic area. The beach area has grills, picnic tables and a playground. Limited numbers of grills and picnic tables are available on a first come first served basis.

There’s bathhouse near the beach with showers and restrooms. Only see through sun shelters without a bottom floor are allowed on the beach.

The dog beach area is north of the causeway to entrance of Tanner’s Creek on Bay side, and the beach south of causeway on the Bay side

One of the two dog-beach areas of Point Lookout State Park.
One of the two dog-beach areas of Point Lookout State Park.

Aside from swimming, the park features boat launch, canoe rental, camp fire programs, camp sites, cabins, park store, dump station, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, hunting, historic interest, hook ups, pet trail, picnic area, playground, swimming, Civil War Museum/Marshland Nature Center and pavilion.

Point Lookout State Park fishing and dog beach
Point Lookout State Park fishing and dog beach as seen from the fishing pier on the Chesapeake Bay side of the park

There is a fee to enter the park and rangers will close it when it gets full, mainly on summer holidays and hot weekends. You may call 301-872-5688 to check on our visitation volume, however they make no guarantees that we will not be filled to capacity by the time you arrive.

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