Charles County, Maryland

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Photo courtesy of Don Shomette

A first for the state of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared its intent to designate Mallows Bay in Nanjemoy as a National Marine Sanctuary.  Mallows Bay, located near the Potomac River, is home to the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. The area offers unique archaeological, recreational, historical, cultural, educational, and environmental opportunities for residents and tourists. The site includes historic vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War, remains of the largest ‘Ghost Fleet’ of the World War I steamships, wildlife viewing areas, fishing, boating access and a hiking trail. Mallows Bay Park is located at 1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy. Open year round - 5:30 a.m. to dusk. Plan your overnight stay at any of our accommodations: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/maps/tourism/tourplan/230

Books on Mallows Bay:

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay and Other Tales of the Lost Chesapeake (1st Edition) by Donald G. Shomette

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, offers Sunday guided kayak tours at Mallows Bay Park (1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy). Paddle through the World War I Ghost Fleet while observing the park’s unique wildlife and historic and cultural features. All tours will be led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Fee includes introductory kayak lesson, guided tour, tandem kayak (two-person), paddle, and a personal floatation device. No experience is necessary and the pace is very relaxed. A single person or odd number parties will be paired with others. This event is open to participants 8 years of age and older. Participants between the ages of 8-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Dates and Times:

May 20 and 27
June 3, 17, and 24
Jul 8, 15, and 29
Aug. 5, 19, and 26
Sept. 9, 16, and 23
Oct. 7, 14, and 28

Morning Tours:                 9 a.m. – noon                    $75/person        

Afternoon Tours:             1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            $49/person

Register online at http://bit.ly/2HEffNT. For more information, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-932-3470.

Contact Atlantic Kayak Company to book your kayak tour. 
Website: http://www.atlantickayak.com/
108-A Mattingly Ave, Indian Head, MD 
Phone: 301-292-6455
Email: info@atlantickayak.com

The season begins the first weekend in May 2018

For more information about Mallows Bay, please visit the following websites:

To access the Mallows Bay Interpretive Paddling Guide, Mallows Bay Fishing FAQ's and Mallows Bay Fact Sheet, click on the PDF below: