New Water-Access State Park Coming to Cecil County

Aerial view

Aerial view

460 acres of land in Cecil County, near Chesapeake City, Md., will be preserved for future development of a state property to be called Bohemia River State Park. It will join other Maryland Park Service parks in the area: Elk Neck, Fair Hill, and Sassafras.

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked together to secure the site. ESLC calls it "a big win for land conservation on the Eastern Shore."

“Over the course of the past 27 years, ESLC has been involved with literally thousands of Eastern Shore farms. OBX Farms is truly one of the most beautiful we’ve ever assisted in preserving!” said ESLC Executive Director Rob Etgen. 

The acquisition of OBX Farms was fully funded by Program Open Space, which preserves natural areas for public recreation, and watershed and wildlife protection across Maryland.

In addition to existing agricultural land that will most likely continue being farmed, approximately 14,000 feet of riverfront property will now be available to the public for kayakers, standup paddleboarders, canoers and other activities. 

Once the deal goes through this fall, DNR will start to develop a public access plan. Initial public access should begin during the spring or summer of 2018, and the public will have opportunities to weigh in on the development plans.

Megan Viviano