• The working watermen community of Tangier Island VA at sunset. Photo by Starke Jett.

    Chesapeake Bay

Fees & Reservations

Many of the state parks, museums, wildlife refuges, and other partner sites in the Chesapeake Bay region charge fees. Some take reservations for large groups visiting or for campground accommodations. For specific site information regarding fees and reservations, visit the website locations listed on the "Directions" page.

Or, download "Chesapeake Explorer", the official NPS mobile app for the Chesapeake containing complete information for each partner site, including operating hours and fees where applicable.

Note: The National Parks Pass only provides access to sites directly managed by the National Park Service, and not to sites managed by local and state partners and non-profit organizations. Some of the NPS-managed sites in the Chesapeake region include:

  • Anacostia Park
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  • Great Falls Park
  • Jamestown National Historic Site
  • Piscataway Park

Did You Know?

One of the many wading birds found in the Bay watershed

The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.