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Beach Swimming Guide

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To swim or not to swim? Use the guide below to check whether the water at your favorite Anne Arundel County beach meets acceptable bacteria-level standards for swimmers as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Due to bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms that are contained in natural bodies of water, there is some risk from swimming in them.

Preemptive Advisory: After rainfall of 1/2 inch or more, all Anne Arundel County beaches are under a no swimming/no direct water contact advisory for at least 48 hours due to predicted elevated bacteria levels from rainwater runoff and increased health risks. Do not swim in cloudy, murky water. During the summer swim season, the Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program will resume its routine sampling following the 48-hour period.

WARNING: The Department of Health warns against swimming to any individual who has an ear infection, a perforated eardrum, open cuts, scratches or skin lesions, or a compromised immune system. Do not swim in water areas where there is a fish kill or where there are any dead animals.

Bodkin Creek | Chesapeake Bay | Magothy River | Patapsco River | Rhodes River| Severn River | South River |
Stoney Creek
| Weems Creek | West River

 

Bodkin Creek

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Bahama Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Chesapeake Bay

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Arundel on the Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Bay Ridge @ Bay Drive: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Bay Ridge @ Lake Ogleton: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Bay Ridge @ River Drive: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Beverly Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Cape Anne: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Cape St. Claire @ Persimmon Point: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Cedarhurst on the Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Fairhaven: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Franklin Manor: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Highland Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Idlewilde on the Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Masons Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Oyster Harbor: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Rose Haven: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sandy Point (East Beach): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sandy Point (Middle Beach): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sandy Point (South Beach): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Saunders Point: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Town Point @ Arkhaven: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Magothy River

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Bayberry: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Camp Whipporwill: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Cape Arthur: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Cape St. Claire @ Lake Claire: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Hunters Harbor: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Magothy Manor: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Moorings on the Magothy: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Mountain Point @ Gibson Island: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

North Shore: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Shore Acres: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sylvan View: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Tar Cove @ Sillery Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Twin Harbors: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.
Click here for more information about the beach's reopening after emergency closure.

Upper Magothy Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Patapsco River

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Atlantic Marina Resort: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Bayside Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Venice On The Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Rhodes River

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Camp Wabanna: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Ponder Cove: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

YMCA Camp Letts: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Severn River

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Annapolis Sailing: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Arden on the Severn @ Oakview: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Arden on the Severn @ Pullen: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Arden on the Severn @ Shore End: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Arden on the Severn @ Valentine Creek: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Carrollton Manor on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Colchester on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Epping Forest: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Herald Harbor: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Hollywood on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Linstead on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Olde Severna Park: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Palisades on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Pines on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Round Bay @ Round Bay Road: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Round Bay Main Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sherwood Forest Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sherwood Forest Pier: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

West Severna Park: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Whitneys Landing: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Winchester on the Severn: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

South River

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Cape St. John: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Chestnut Hills: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Edgewater Beach Sunny Section: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Glebe Heights: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Glen Isle: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Hillsmere Shores: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Loch Haven Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Londontown @ Arundel (5): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Londontown @ Delmar (2): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Londontown @ Highland (1): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Londontown @ Midland (4): High bacteria count. Location being resampled.

Londontown @ Silver Run (3): Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Mayo Beach Park: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Selby on the Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

South River Heights: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Turkey Point @ Cloud Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Turkey Point @ Selby Bay: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Stoney Creek

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Elizabeths Landing: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Orchard Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Sunset Beach: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

Weems Creek

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Admiral Heights: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

 

West River

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Avalon Shores: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

West River Methodist Camp: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

West River Sailing Club: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.

Westelee: Acceptable to swim unless a Preemptive Advisory is in effect.