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

    Chesapeake Bay

Operating Hours & Seasons

Each of the parks, refuges, water trails and other partner sites in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and along the trails have their own hours of operation. Visit the website locations listed on the "Directions" page for specific partner information.

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.

Did You Know?

Striped Bass

The Bay supports more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals, including 348 species of finfish, 173 species of shellfish and over 2,700 plant species.