I recently wrote a blog on Flying Point Park, for this article; I want to tell you about Mariner Point Park. Mariner Point Park is located in Joppa, Maryland in beutiful Harford County near the Baltimore County Line. It's address is 100 Kearney Drive and the entrance is guarded by the "Old man of the Sea". As you can see from this photo, the Old Man of the Sea is very vigulant in making sure your safe in Mariner Point Park. In front of the statue you will find an old anchor laying on its side.
As you enter the park, you will see on the right a boat launch capable of launching 3 boats at one time. On weekends, you can imagine that this is a very crowded place. I found that if I did not make it here by 7:00 am, I would not have a parking place and would have to wait until someone came back before launching. On the left is where we would park after launching the boat. Again, my biggest complaint here is there is not that many parking spaces.
Continuing past the boat launch area, you will find another area where you can launch your canoes or kayaks. When you launch here, you are entering a channel that will lead out to the Gunpowder River and eventually out to the Chesapeake Bay. Boaters have to be real careful, some areas don't have that much depth which could cause you to bottom out the boat or engine.
Another prominent market you will see at the entrance is this welcome sign to the park. It is located of to the right of the Old Man of the Sea.
The Park is 37.7 acres of waterfront land that is found on the penninsula of the Taylors and Fosters Branch Creek. You will find lots of woodland, and what I like most; lots of places to relax and fish at.
People living in the area are lucky that such a place exists in such a short distance, and I hope that family's take advantage of what our parks have to offer.
This is a sign that is presently at the park as of this blog, showing what the recreation council is doing to improve the park itself. There seems to be a lot of dredging going on that will allowing deeper draft boats to use the channel that leads to the Chesapeake.
They say that this project will take 2-4 years, but as with any government organization, we should probably double that. What they do seem to be doing is minimizing the interuption of use of the park.
The above photos show the pavillion and a relaxing bench near the channel where I will occassionally fish at. There are also about 2 miles of nature trails inside the park where you can get some excercise or just take the kids on an easy stroll.