Beach Swimming Guide

Last updated: June 1, 2018

Recreational Water Quality is tested from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

To swim or not to swim? Use the swim guide from Memorial Day to Labor Day 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 Rainfall 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.
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.


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


Chesapeake Bay

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Arundel on the Bay: this should be different

Bay Ridge at Bay Drive:

Bay Ridge at Lake Ogleton:

Bay Ridge at River Drive:

Beverly Beach:

Cape St. Claire at Persimmon Point:

Cedarhurst on the Bay:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation:


Franklin Manor:

Herrington Harbor South:

Highland Beach:

Oyster Harbor:

Sandy Point (East Beach):

Sandy Point (Middle Beach):

Sandy Point (South Beach):

Saunders Point:


Magothy River

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Camp Whipporwhill:

Cape Arthur:

Cape St. Claire at Lake Claire:

Hunters Harbor:

Magothy Manor:

Moorings on the Magothy:

Mountain Point at Gibson Island:

North Shore:

Shore Acres:

Sylvan View:

Tar Cove at Sillery Bay:

Twin Harbors:

Upper Magothy Beach:


Patapsco River

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Atlantic Marina Resort:

Bayside Beach:

Ft. Smallwood Park:

Venice On The Bay:


Rhode River

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Camp Wabanna:

Ponder Cove:

YMCA Camp Letts:


Severn River

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Annapolis Sailing:

Arden on the Severn at Oakview:

Arden on the Severn at Pullen:

Arden on the Severn at Shore End:

Arden on the Severn at Valentine Creek:

Carrollton Manor on the Severn:

Colchester on the Severn:

Epping Forest:

Herald Harbor:

Hollywood on the Severn:

Linstead on the Severn:

Olde Severna Park:

Palisades on the Severn:

Pines on the Severn:

Round Bay Main Beach:

Round Bay at Round Bay Road:

Sherwood Forest Beach:

Sherwood Forest Pier:

West Severna Park:

Whitneys Landing:

Winchester on the Severn:


South River

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Cape St. John:

Chestnut Hills:

Edgewater Beach Sunny Section:

Glebe Heights:

Glen Isle:

Hillsmere Shores:

Loch Haven Beach:

Londontown at Arundel:

Londontown at Delmar:

Londontown at Highland:

Londontown at Midland:

Londontown at Silver Run:

Mayo Beach Park:

Selby on the Bay:

South River Heights:

Turkey Point at Selby Bay:


Stoney Creek

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Elizabeths Landing:

Sunset Beach:


Weems Creek

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Admiral Heights:


West River

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Avalon Shores:

West River Methodist Camp:



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