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Charles County, Maryland

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Photo caption: Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay • Photo courtesy of Don Shomette

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of Maryland and Charles County have announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I. Located along an 18-square mile stretch of Potomac River coast in Charles County, Maryland, the new sanctuary boasts a collection of historic shipwrecks dating back to the Civil War, as well as archaeological artifacts nearly 12,000 years old. Its culturally rich landscape also includes sites that represent the history of Native American communities in the area, the once-booming Potomac River fishing industry, and the Civil War. Read more about the designation here.

Mallows Bay 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:

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

Guided Kayak Tours

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.

Photo caption: Kayakers on Mallows Bay

Register online at Mallows Bay Park Kayak Tours 
For more information, contact the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-932-3470.

Contact Atlantic Kayak Company to book your kayak tour. 
108-A Mattingly Ave, Indian Head, MD 
Phone: 301-292-6455

The season begins the first weekend in May 2019

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

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