Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park consists of approximately 25 acres of park property, split between Talbot County and Dorchester County, on either side of the Choptank River. The Talbot County side includes about 1 mile of trails and a 1 mile pier, while the Dorchester County side includes a ½ mile pier. The piers are quite popular because of the variety of fish that can be caught including perch, striped bass, croakers, sea trout, and catfish. The pier adjoins Sailwinds Park via the walkway under the bridge. Portable toilets are available on both sides of the pier.

On July 22, 2009 the Board of Public Works approved re-naming The Choptank River Fishing Pier to Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park in honor of Bill Burton, a reporter, writer, and fisherman who has, for more than 50 years, chronicled outdoor opportunities for Maryland citizens. Mr. Burton was instrumental in preserving the bridge for a fishing pier when the new bridge was constructed.​

The consumption of alcohol at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park is prohibited. Hunting and swimming are prohibited. All pets must be kept on leashes.


Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park Maryland
29761 Boling Broke Point Dr, Trappe, MD 21673, United States



Talbot Pier: 7 a.m.-sunset daily, April 1-December 31. Closed December 25.

Dorchester Pier: 7 a.m.-sunset daily, year-round. Closed December 25.

Talbot Trails & Shoreline: Sunrise-sunset daily.


No fishing fees.


Contact Details

Phone: (443) 477-0526


Official Website: Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


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