News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office
LEONARDTOWN, MD– The St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi, the only publicly-accessible boat transportation from St. Clement’s Island Museum to St. Clement’s Island State Park, will restart public cruises to St. Clement’s Island State Park since restrictions on water activities have been lifted.
Cruises will resume from the pier at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD, with several safety guidelines so the public can enjoy their time on the boat and island while confident their health and wellness are being considered.
The St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi will operate seven days a week from the museum pier at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on a first-come, first serve walk-up basis. No reservations will be taken ahead of time. Visitors will return to the museum after visiting the island on a set schedule: passengers on the 10 a.m. cruise will leave the island at 12:15 p.m.; passengers on the 11 a.m. cruise will leave the island at 1:15 p.m.; passengers on the 12 p.m. cruise will leave the island at 2:15 p.m.; and, passengers on the 1 p.m. cruise will leave the island at 3:15 p.m. No exceptions to this schedule will be considered.
Interested visitors should enter St. Clement’s Island Museum through the front door and purchase cruise tickets ($7 per person, all ages) from the front desk. Credit cards are highly recommended, but cash will be accepted. The Museum Store will be open for purchases and bottled water will be available to buy. The St. Clement’s Island Museum galleries and water fountains will remain closed, but the indoor restrooms will be open and available for public use before and after cruises. After purchasing boat tickets, visitors will be directed to waiting areas outside the museum in the picnic area at appropriately spaced picnic tables.
Capacity on the boat will be determined on a trip-by-trip basis by the captain in order to maintain physical distancing guidelines. All passengers must wear masks while inside the museum and on the water taxi – no exceptions. Masks may be removed while on the island where distancing guidelines still apply outside of family units. A limited number of people will be admitted inside
the museum store while purchasing items or boat tickets, and physical distancing will apply while indoors or in line. One-way entrance and exits will keep foot traffic separate and flowing while inside the building. Museum staff will be wearing masks and gloves, and frequently cleaning all public contact areas and restrooms. The public is encouraged to not touch any Museum Store merchandise unless intent upon purchase.
For more information, please call the museum at 301-769-2222 the day of your planned visit to check on water taxi schedule as weather and other extenuating circumstances could affect operation.