By: David M. Higgins II
Lusby, MD- Flag Ponds Nature Park is a nature preserve located in Lusby, Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County, Maryland. It is operated by the Calvert County Department of Natural Resources.
The park includes nature trails and a beach for swimmers. Fossil shark’s teeth eroded from the Calvert Cliffs formation may be collected on the beach. The area included in the park was once a center for pound net fishing from the early 1900s through 1955.
One fishing shanty remained until October 2012 when it burned down. It has since been rebuilt.
Flags Ponds Nature Park has a huge sandy, natural, swimming beach known for sharks teeth and other fossils found on the shoreline. It’s an excellent beach for families, and dogs are allowed (on a leash).
For hundreds of years, the forces of nature have reshaped the Chesapeake Bay shoreline of Flag Ponds Nature Park, creating a remarkable variety of natural environments — from the sandy beach to freshwater ponds, to the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs. Today, nature continues to play with the sand, changing the park’s landscape with each tide, storm, and season.
The small Visitor’s Center near the parking lot has a display case of the various types of fossils that can be found here giving you a good visual of what to look for once down on the sand
The beach is about the size of a baseball field; picture a square beach with rounded corners. In the middle of the sandy area are a couple of small tidal ponds. Be prepared to cross small streams flowing from the ponds.
The fishing pier is about a 5-minute walk down a mainly boardwalk path from the bathhouse. It’s a good way to see the beach if you don’t want to walk on the sand. There’s a number of benches on the pier. A tidal/saltwater license is required to fish off the pier.
The water tends to be shallow around the beach and because it’s a nature preserve, the sand is covered with shells, driftwood, and the occasional shark’s teeth.
Summer Hours for Flag Ponds Nature Park is 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 8 pm on weekends. The park is open daily from April through October and on weekends only for the remainder of the year.
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