Monocacy River NRMA

​Located in Frederick County, near Dickerson, Fisherman fishing at Monocacy RiverMonocacy River Natural Resources Management Area is comprised of 1,800 acres of natural areas and farmlands along the Monocacy River. Recreational use is primarily hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Paths are unmarked. The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation. Fishing access is available at parking areas at Park Mills Road and Route 28 road crossings of the Monocacy River.


Boat ramp and parking located off Park Mills Road. A parking area is available off Route 28 at the Monocacy River Bridge. Designated hunting areas. Unmarked hiking and equestrian trails.

Hunting at Monocacy NRMA,
Patuxent River State Park and Seneca Creek State Park

General Rules for all Hunting Areas

  1. You may enter the area one hour before shooting time to set up. Legal shooting time begins one half hour before sunrise.
  2. You must be out of the area by one hour after legal shooting time. Legal shooting time ends one half hour after sunset.
  3. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the hunting area boundary lines, safety zones and established trails throughout the hunting area.
  4. Portable tree stands and steps are permitted, but cannot be screwed or nailed into trees. All stands must be removed at the end of each day. The use of tree stands is recommended, especially when hunting near established trails.
  5. Maps depicting hunting areas are provided for your reference only. Observe posted hunting and boundary signs. All acreage figures are approximate.

Check-in Procedures

  1. All harvested deer must be checked in before midnight on the harvested day by using the internet ( ) or the Maryland Big Game Registration Phone Line (1-888-800-0121).
  2. The public land code used for harvested deer from Seneca Creek State Park is 442. Patuxent River State Park, the code is 440 and for Monocacy NRMA it is 282.


  1. All State and federal hunting laws, as well as park regulations, will be strictly enforced. Call Park Watch 1-800-825-7275 to report violations
  2. Maryland State Parks are “Trash Free”. All trash must be packed out.


  1. All hunters must wear the required type and amount of fluorescent orange during the deer firearms and muzzleloader seasons.
  2. Scouting is permitted from sunrise to sunset only. No weapons are to be carried while scouting. In order to avoid interfering with fellow sportsmen, Sunday scouting is recommended.
  3. Do not remove, cut, destroy, prune or deface any vegetation. Do not cut shooting lanes.
  4. Please report all violations of game laws or these hunting rules to the Natural Resources Police or Tawes Communications Center (1-800-628-9944) 24 hours a day.

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Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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