Martinak State Park

Martinak State Park

Martinak State Park sits along the Choptank River, the largest of the Eastern Shore tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. The park supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Hardwood and pine forests surround the park, which offers modern campsites and boating access. Martinak is a haven for bird watchers, who must choose to walk the park's abundant hiking trails or paddle the waterways via canoe.

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Hours

The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Family Camping Open Date: 3/31/2017 to 11/26/2017
Camper Cabins Open Date: 3/31/2017 to 11/26/2017
Campsites Charges:

Campsite: $18.49
Campsite with electric: $24.49
Camper cabin: $50.49
Full service cabin: $76.75 4 person capacity)
(Full service cabin year-round​.)
Shelter: $26.75(60 person capacity)
Base rate does not include transaction or other applicable fees

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Boat Launch Charges:

Boat Launch: $5/vehicle; out-of-state residents $7/vehicle.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

There are no fees to visit Martinak for day use.

Use of campsites and picnic pavilions at Martinak State Park is billed at the following nightly rates:

  • Campsite: $18.49 + service charge*/night
  • Campsite with electric: $24.49 + service charge*/night
  • Camper cabins: $55.49 + service charge*/night
  • Full service cabins: $76.75 + service charge*/night (4 person capacity)
  • Shelter: $26.75 + service charge*/day (60 person capacity)

There is a boat launch charge of $5/vehicle for in-state residents and $7/vehicle for out-of-state residents.

*For reservations made through the Internet, the per-night fee is $4.56. For reservations made through the call center, the per-night fee is $4.61, and for reservations made at the park the per-night fee is $4.51.

Activities

Anglers will find bass, perch, sunfish, and catfish in the Choptank River. (Note: You must have a Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing License to fish in the tidal waters of the river and creek.) The park's boat launch and pier offer easy access to the waterways and the park rents canoes for a daily fee (April through October).

Martinak features 63 campsites for trailer or tent camping; 30 of the sites have electric hook-ups. Each site is equipped with a camping pad, picnic table, and fire ring. Each camping loop has its own modern bathhouse. There are no water hook-ups, but there's a dump station for trailers, and potable water is located around each loop.

There also are four camper cabins and one full-service cabin. The full-service cabin overlooks the Choptank River and is available for year-round rental. It sleeps four and contains a kitchen, bath facilities, bed linens, heat, air conditioning, and a screened-in porch. You can rent the four camper cabins from early spring through late fall. They each sleep four and contain a ceiling fan, electricity, and air conditioning. Each cabin also features an outside fire ring, grill, and picnic table. Restroom and shower facilities are located a short walk away

Martinak's picnic areas contain picnic tables, playground equipment, restrooms, and pavilions overlooking the Choptank River. Rent the two pavilions by calling the statewide reservation system at 888-432-2267.

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

Facilities

Martinak State Park features hiking trails, 63 campsites plus cabins for small groups, a playground, picnic shelters, a boat launch and a pier, a visitor center and modern bathhouse per camping loop.

Accessibility

Martinak State Park offers one accessible camp loop with a central bathhouse. The park’s nature center and picnic areas also are handicapped accessible.

Pets

Pets are allowed in the campground and day-use-area, but are prohibited in the cabins.

History

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.

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Last updated: March 05, 2018
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