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Rock Hall Harbor Inlet


Location
City Rock Hall
State Maryland
Country United States




Navigation
Latitude 39° 7" 45'
Longitude -76° 14" 54'
Format DD DMS
Body of water Chesapeake Bay to Rock Hall Harbor
Current Conditions
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Temperature: 57F
Dewpoint: 57F

Scattered Clouds
High: 70F
Low: 52F

Partly Cloudy
High: 73F
Low: 59F

Partly Cloudy
High: 70F
Low: 57F

Rain

Introduction:
Rock Hall is located on the upper Eastern Shore of Maryland about 19 miles due east of Baltimore and 12 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Rock Hall (named for the jagged Swan Point Shoal - called “The Rocks” hereabouts) is a convenient stopover or destination location for boaters. There are several large-scale marinas in the harbor and most any type of repair or refit can be undertaken here.

Navigating the Water:
Use NOAA Charts 12278 and 12272.

If you are approaching Rock Hall Harbor Inlet from the Chesapeake Bay, keep in mind that you will have to go around the Swan Point Bar, which extends about three miles south from Tavern Creek at the mouth of Swan Creek. There are a couple of spots that those with drafts of less than five feet can get through, but only with advance local knowledge.

We recommend heading down to green can “3,” which marks the southern end of the Swan Point Bar, and then head for flashing red buoy “4.” From here, set a course for green can “1,” and then for flashing green “5nd flashign red “4,” which mark the breakwatered entrance to the harbor (visible in the image above).

Once inside, the harbor is laid out in a “roundabout” fashion, with the centerpiece being a large two-foot-deep deep shoal that all the aids to navigation circulate around. Several marinas, repair facilities and a couple of popular waterfront restaurants line the shores here.

Local Notices to Mariners:
Local Notices to Mariners are now exclusively available online from the U.S. Coast Guard.