The Bill Burton Fishing Piers are the former Route 50 bridge over the Choptank River between Dorchester and Talbot Counties. The middle portion was removed to accommodate boat traffic. There are two sides to the Bill Burton Fishing Pier, one is in Talbot County and the other is in Dorchester County
Talbot County: 29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive Trappe, MD 21673
Dorchester County: Off of Route 50 at the intersections of Rambler Road and Radiance Drive, Cambridge MD 21613
The piers are located adjacent to the current Route 50 Bridge (the Frederick C. Malkus Bridge) near Cambridge on the Eastern Shore.
From Annapolis and points north: Take US-301 North/US-50 East towards the Town of Cambridge. Before the Choptank River Bridge, turn left onto Bolingbroke Point Road. Continue straight. Parking is on the left.
From Ocean City and points south: Take US-50 West towards the Town of Cambridge. Go over the Choptank River Bridge and turn right onto Bolingbroke Point Road. Continue straight. Parking is on the right.
From Annapolis and points north: Take US-301 North/US-50 East towards the Town of Cambridge. Just after the Choptank River Bridge, turn left onto Maryland Avenue. Turn left onto Rambler Road. Turn left onto Radiance Drive. Parking is on the right.
From Ocean City and points south: Take US-50 West towards the Town of Cambridge. Just before the Choptank River Bridge, turn right onto Maryland Avenue. Turn left onto Rambler Road. Turn left onto Radiance Drive. Parking is on the right.
The fishine piers are accessible 24-hours a day. The surrounding trails are open from sunrise to sunset. The Talbot County side is closed from December 31st to March 31st.
Alert - 9/27/2018: Temporary Closure of Bill Burton Fishing Piers
During an inspection of the facilities at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park, it was determined that the original overhead light poles would need to be removed to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. In the interest of public safety the piers, which are accessed from both Dorchester County and Talbot County, are closed effective immediately and until further notice while the light poles are removed.
Once the lights are removed, the piers will be re-opened as a day-use facility only, with hours of operation from sunrise to sunset. When the new lighting is installed, we plan to return to 24 hour operations. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The piers are lighted and quite popular because of the variety of fish that can be caught including perch, striped bass, croakers, sea trout, and catfish. Both the Talbot County and Dorchester County sections of the piers are lighted for night fishing from April 1st through December 31st, and the Dorchester County side of the pier is open and lighted year round. The pier adjoins Sailwinds Park via the walkway under the bridge.
On July 22, 2009 the Board of Public Works approved re-naming The Choptank River Fishing Piers to Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park in honor of Bill Burton, a reporter, writer and fisherman who has for more than 50 years chronicled outdoor opportunities for Maryland citizens. Mr. Burton was instrumental in preserving the Bridge for a fishing pier when the new bridge was constructed.
A new map of the trails at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
Many Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.
Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park.
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