Wye Mills Lake

Queen Anne's County

Owner - Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Service
Freshwater Fisheries Division

History - Wye Mills Lake was formed in colonial times for the purpose of holding water and diverting its flow in order to provide a means of power for a grain mill. Today an operational reconstruction of the mill is present and is an attraction of historical interest.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Fisheries Service, Freshwater Fisheries Division, owns and manages the lake to provide a public angling resource. Fiscal resources for this work and maintenance of the grounds comes from fishing license sales and the Federal Aid and Restoration Fund (Dingell-Johnson Act).

Physical/ Habitat Description - At 50 acres in size, Wye Mills Lake is among the largest impoundments on the Eastern Shore. Maximum depth is 8 ft, and the average is 4 ft. The upper third of the lake is quite shallow with gradual drop-offs, while the lower two thirds of the lake has steeper banks with sharp drop-offs. The lower two thirds of Wye Mills Lake consists of outstanding fish habitat. There are many downed trees and undercut roots on the shorelines. Aquatic vegetation is widespread during the summer months. Additionally, several fish attractors have been placed along the concrete dam breast to provide fishing opportunities from shore.

Fish Species - Wye Mills Lake is a standard bass/bluegill lake and is managed as such. Good numbers and sizes of bass and bluegills are present. Bass have abundant forage from which to feed and can be finicky as a result. Fishermen stand a good chance, however, to catch a trophy from this lake. Anglers may also catch other species including: white and black crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullhead catfish, common carp, yellow perch, gizzard shad and golden shiners.

Restrictions - There is no horsepower limitations for the lake, however the maximum speed limit is 6 knots. Electric trolling motors are preferred. Swimming and camping are not permitted.


From Annapolis - Take US Rt. 50 east towards Easton, take right onto Rt 213, parking lot and boat ramp will be on left before going over small bridge.

From Salisbury - Take US Rt. 50 west towards Bay Bridge, make left on Rt 404. At stop sign make right onto Rt. 662. Cross over small bridge and take first right into parking lot.

From Elkton - Take Rt. 213 south to Galena, continue on Rt 313 to US Rt. 301. Make right onto US Rt. 301, take right on Rt. 213 exit and take left on Rt.213 towards Wye Mills. Cross over US Rt. 50 and parking lot and boat ramp will be on left before going over small bridge.

Contact Us - Any questions, comments or suggestions about Wye Mills Lake can be directed to:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Service
Unicorn Lake Fish Hatchery
110 Fishing Lake Lane, Millington, MD. 21651
Phone 410-928-3643 or customerservice.dnr@maryland.gov