Mayo Beach Park - Mayo, MD
Permits are required to launch from this site, unless attending a sponsored event like BABA races. (application form and info)
Directions - Mayo Beach Park
Take Route 2 south of Annapolis towards Solomons Island. Turn Left on MD 214 (Central Ave.) Go past Mayo P. O., turn left on Triton Beach road, by old white country store. Follow signs to Mayo Beach Park at the end of Shoreham Beach road.
Launch Description - Mayo park sits right at the mouth of the South River and the Chesapeake Bay but on the southern side of the river. Best wind direction is SE and S, but East and NE are also great. North, NW and West can be OK but if you break down its a long drift to the east shore.
The launch site has a grassy rigging area and sandy beach, lots of parking, bathrooms, showers and picnic benches. The water is shallow for the first 200-300 meters then drops off. The river swell can get very large depending on the tide. 2-3 feet is normal for winds in the 12-18 knot range and it can get significantly larger in higer winds. The swell is the long rolling variety but can get choppy with increased boat traffic. The water on the inside is good for beginners and the outside swell is good enough to loop. This site is good for all levels.
Mayo Beach Park Permits - Darald Lofgren at 410/222-1978 (application form)