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Great Blue Heron at Wye Island
Copyright: - Maryland State Forest and Park Service
Great Blue Heron at Wye Island
Description - Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Of Wye Island's 2,800 acres, 2,450 are managed by the Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service for agricultural and resource management. A major emphasis at Wye Island is to provide suitable habitat for wintering waterfowl populations and other native wildlife. With over 30 miles of shoreline another resource management project is stabilization of the ever eroding shoreline. These stabilization efforts are accomplished through a partnership between DNR and numerous environmental advocacy groups, such as the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the USDA-RC&D Council. Service learning opportunities abound at Wye Island.

Attractions - Wye Island State Natural Resources Management Area is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Wildlife viewing and hiking are the most popular activities on the approximately six miles of trails. The most popular trails are the School House Woods Nature Trail, the Wye Island Holly Tree Trail, and the Ferry Landing Trail. The topography of the island is relatively flat making access to the trail system very easy for all users, from the novice to the advanced hiker. Horseback riding and bicycling are also popular, but visitors are encouraged to use an environmentally friendly approach to these activities. Horses and bicycles may be off limits in some areas during specific times of the year. Please call ahead to confirm access. Special managed deer hunts by permit only are held each fall, mid-October to mid-December, to help maintain the ecological balance between the white-tailed deer herd at Wye Island and their habitat. There is limited fox chasing and raccoon hunting, also by permit only. For more information, contact the office. Every November, Wye Island hosts the National German Shorthaired Pheasant Association National Field Trial Championship. The general public is encouraged to watch or participate in this event. Fishing is also permitted from the shoreline at Wye Island. All anglers 16 years of age and older must have a Maryland Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing License and any other applicable permits required. In addition, the park management area is a popular destination for boaters looking for a quiet cove to anchor for the night or weekend. Boaters are encouraged to come ashore and explore Wye Island NRMA. The closest public launch facilities in Queen Anne and Talbot counties can be found by contacting the Queen Anne County Parks and Recreation Office at 410-758-0835, or Talbot County Parks and Recreation Office at 410-822-2955. Wye Island hosts the DNR Conference Lodge (Duck House). The lodge and grounds are reservable for meetings, retreats, company picnics, family reunions, and weddings. Youth group and group camping are permitted at three primitive group campsites. Pets are welcome at Wye Island NRMA, but they must be under the owner's control and leashed at all times. Pets are not permitted at Duck House for the group camping areas.

Recreation - Wye Island offers wildlife viewing, biking, horseback riding, hiking, boating, hunting, primitive camping, fishing, and lodging.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Wye Island is located in the Eastern Shore region. From Bay Bridge (East bound): Travel 12.5 miles eastbound on Route 50 and turn right onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5.1 miles on Carmichael Road till you cross the Wye Island Bridge. From the Wye Island Bridge, travel south on Wye Island Road for approximately 4.2 miles. Numerous public parking areas are available along Wye Island Road.

From Easton (West bound): Travel westbound on Route 50 to the Maryland Route 213 traffic light. Continue west on Route 50 for three miles and look for sign (Wye Island NRMA) and turn left onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5.1 miles on Carmichael Road till you cross the Wye Island Bridge. From the Wye Island Bridge, travel south on Wye Island Road for approximately 4.2 miles. Numerous public parking areas are available along Wye Island Road.


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Contact Information:
Wye Island State Natural Resources Management Area, 632 Wye Island Road , Queenstown, MD, 21658, Phone: 410-827-7577
, wye-island-nrma@dnr.state.md.us

Additional Information:
Eastern Shore - Trillions of grains of sand, eroded from Maryland's ancient Appalachian Mountains and deposited by the sea, have created a magical barrier island, offering visitors both solitude and adventure.
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.

Links:
Maryland State Forest and Park Service -
Wye Island State Natural Resources Management Area - Official agency website.

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