Baltimore is Maryland’s largest city. Baltimore is famous for its inner harbor, historical buildings, port, and industrial infrastructure.

The Patapsco River passes through the city before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay just east of the city. To the north are several rivers including the Back, Bush, Bird, and Gunpowder. To the south is the Magothy River and several small creeks.


Francis Scott Key Bridge

Boats departing from Baltimore fish for striped bass, white perch, croaker, spot, bluefish, flounder, and other saltwater species. Popular fishing spots include the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, shipping channel, and other areas.

Also located near the port of Baltimore are several artificial reef sites including Pooles Island, Tolchester, Gales Lumps, and Memorial Reef. Not far to the south is Love Point Reef. Several nearby reef sites contain shells, rubble, concrete igloos, and other materials.

For shore anglers, there are a number of fishing piers, public beaches, and other access points.


Baltimore is one of Maryland’s most popular destinations for cruisers, sailing enthusiasts, and other mariners. Despite heavy commercial traffic and congestion, the port of Baltimore offers a wide range of experiences. Around the city, numerous marinas and other facilities offer dockage for visiting boaters.


The waters around Baltimore include a diverse range of areas where kayaking and other paddlesports can be enjoyed. Paddlers launch from state, county, and city parks, marinas, and other access points.

Popular areas for kayaking and other paddlesports near Baltimore include the Inner Harbor, North Point State Park, Gunpowder Falls, Lower Gunpowder River, Upper Patapsco River, and others.

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Baltimore Fishing Piers

Patapsco River

Gunpowder River


Chesapeake Bay