Written by Alexa Zizzi
July 2020

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge stretches its arches 186-feet high across the waterway, ending its eastern base at the charming Bay Bridge Marina on Kent Island.Flowers at docks | Bay Bridge Marina | Marinalife

As the bridge connects the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area to the Eastern Shore, Bay Bridge Marina is situated in a premier location for picturesque mid-Atlantic destinations such as St. Michaels, Easton and Cambridge.

Bay Bridge Marina offers slips for 30-70’ yachts and accommodates annual, monthly and transient boaters, as well as yacht group rendezvous cruises. The newly renovated facility is equipped with 245 state-of-the-art Brazilian IPE floating docks and full-length finger piers.

The full-service fuel dock is open year-round with complimentary, seasonal pump-out service. Amenities include private bathrooms, laundry, fitness facilities, free Wi-Fi, a waterfront swimming pool and nearby lodging. The Captain’s Lounge is reminiscent of a classic captain’s quarters with leather sofas, a spacious bar and extra seating around a big screen TV.

The service department boasts a certified team of professionals offering full-service maintenance with 25- and 70-ton travel lifts, annual wet and dry storage, pressure washing, waxing, bottom sand blasting and painting, and more. The property is pet-friendly and offers a reserved picnic area and gazebo.


The south basin is currently undergoing a second renovation with plans to add more docks. “We are now a HydroHoist dealer offering boat hoists up to 25,000 lbs. and docks for PWC’s, plus we have a new portable pump out, which will be brought to your slip for a no mess, no stress service,” says office manager Jessi Harrison.

The area is a central hub for scenic waterfronts, bike trails and fishing piers — but the best experience of all is enjoying the local seafood. Dine at Hemingway’s at the marina, specializing in crab cakes, award-winning vegetable crab soup and the best views of peaceful sunsets that fade behind the bridge.

Hemingway's at Bay Bridge Marina | Bay Bridge Marina | Marinalife

Explore brew and wine-tasting tours at Blackwater Distilling and Cascia Vineyards & Winery nearby, or visit a music lover’s paradise and tour the Paul Reed Smith Guitars factory where high-quality guitars are built for superstars by Maryland craftsmen.

As one of the first European settlements on the Chesapeake Bay, this area draws history buffs with attractions including the Stevensville Train Depot or the Chesapeake Exploration Center on the Kent Narrows waterfront.

In addition to facility upgrades, the new marina staff is eager to connect with guests, introducing General Manager Peter Morris with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, as well as newly promoted Dockmaster, Will Carlsen.

Top photo by Alexander Morozov Photography