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St. Mary's River State Park
Location Saint Mary's County, Maryland, United States
Nearest town Lexington Park, Maryland
Area 2,643 acres (10.70 km2)
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Designation Maryland state park
Established 1968
Administrator Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Website St. Mary's River State Park

St. Mary's River State Park is a public recreation area located in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The state park consists of two sites: one encompasses 250-acre (100 ha) St. Mary's Lake; the second covers 2,200 acres (890 ha) and is largely undeveloped. The park is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


The state acquired land for the park's first site between 1968 and 1974, with the lake being constructed in 1975. Acquisition of the park's second site began with the purchase of 450 acres in 1968; further acquisitions occurred until 1983.

Activities and amenities

The park features fishing, non-motorized boating, canoeing, picnicking, and hunting. A 7.5-mile (12.1 km) trail around St. Mary's Lake is used for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

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