Matapeake State Park


Matapeake State Park

Matapeake State Park is a state park located in Matapeake, Kent Island, Maryland.[1] Its location is the site of a former ferry landing that served the state-owned Chesapeake Bay Ferry System before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened. Today, the pier that once served the ferry is now used as a fishing pier. Also located on the park's grounds is the restored ferry house. As of 2011, the northern terminus of the Kent Island South Trail is also located in the park.

History

The park land was first acquired by the state in 1941 with the purchase of the Claiborne-Annapolis Ferry Company, which became the Chesapeake Bay Ferry System. The Sandy Point-Matapeake Ferry, which had used the land as a landing, was discontinued in 1952. Afterwards, uses for the land by the state included a shooting range and a building housing a scale model of the Chesapeake Bay. The bay model was made obsolete by computer simulations, and the building was left vacant. In 2003 the building collapsed during that year's Presidents' Day snowstorm. The park is leased by Queen Anne's County. The county has renovated the ferry terminal building and renamed it Matapeake Clubhouse. Both Matapeake Clubhouse and the adjoining public beach on the Chesapeake Bay opened to the public April 25, 2009.

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Coordinates: 38°57′13″N 76°21′09″W / 38.95361°N 76.3525°W / 38.95361; -76.3525


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