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To swim or not to swim? Use the guide below 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 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.

WARNING: 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.

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

 

Bodkin Creek

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Bahama Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Chesapeake Bay

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Arundel on the Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Bay Ridge @ Bay Drive: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Bay Ridge @ Lake Ogleton: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Bay Ridge @ River Drive: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Beverly Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Cape Anne: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Cape St. Claire @ Persimmon Point: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Cedarhurst on the Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Fairhaven: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Franklin Manor: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Highland Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Idlewilde on the Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Masons Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Oyster Harbor: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Rose Haven: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sandy Point (East Beach): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sandy Point (Middle Beach): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sandy Point (South Beach): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Saunders Point: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Town Point @ Arkhaven: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Magothy River

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Bayberry: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Camp Whipporwill: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Cape Arthur: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Cape St. Claire @ Lake Claire: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Hunters Harbor: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Magothy Manor: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Moorings on the Magothy: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Mountain Point @ Gibson Island: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

North Shore: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Shore Acres: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sylvan View: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Tar Cove @ Sillery Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Twin Harbors: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.
Click here for more information about the beach's reopening after emergency closure.

Upper Magothy Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Patapsco River

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Atlantic Marina Resort: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Bayside Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Venice On The Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Rhodes River

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Camp Wabanna: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Ponder Cove: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

YMCA Camp Letts: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Severn River

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Annapolis Sailing: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Arden on the Severn @ Oakview: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Arden on the Severn @ Pullen: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Arden on the Severn @ Shore End: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Arden on the Severn @ Valentine Creek: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Carrollton Manor on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Colchester on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Epping Forest: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Herald Harbor: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Hollywood on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Linstead on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Olde Severna Park: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Palisades on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Pines on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Round Bay @ Round Bay Road: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Round Bay Main Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sherwood Forest Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sherwood Forest Pier: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

West Severna Park: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Whitneys Landing: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Winchester on the Severn: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

South River

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Cape St. John: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Chestnut Hills: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Edgewater Beach Sunny Section: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Glebe Heights: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Glen Isle: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Hillsmere Shores: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Loch Haven Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Londontown @ Arundel (5): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Londontown @ Delmar (2): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Londontown @ Highland (1): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Londontown @ Midland (4): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Londontown @ Silver Run (3): Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Mayo Beach Park: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Selby on the Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

South River Heights: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Turkey Point @ Cloud Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Turkey Point @ Selby Bay: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Stoney Creek

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Elizabeths Landing: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Orchard Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Sunset Beach: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

Weems Creek

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Admiral Heights: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

 

West River

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Avalon Shores: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

West River Methodist Camp: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

West River Sailing Club: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.

Westelee: Recreational water quality testing is from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This waterway is currently not being monitored.