Oxford Boat Ramp

Category: Boat Ramp

end of Tilghman Street Oxford, MD 21654

(410) 226-5122

  • Launch Fee: Launching is free but permit to park trailer is required from Town of Oxford (Talbot County permit is not acceptable). Cost is $10/day-$25/year for MD resident and $10/day-$50/year for out of state. get permit at town hall or at Oxford Market (www.theoxfordmarket.com) or at 203 S. Morris Street.
  • Lanes: one lane
  • Parking: 2 spaces

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  • By
    Phil Barbalace
    on 8/20/2013
    UPDATE and CORRECTION on my comment above. The parking permit is $10, not $50 and you get it from the Oxford general store a few blocks away or the town hall. I called the Oxford chief of police who wrote me the ticket (he sounded like a nice guy on the phone). Apparently the sign for the parking fee is in the parking lot, not AT the boat ramp as it is with most ramps. With distractions of people walking around, looking around to see where everything was and talking, I can see how we missed it. The ramp is owned by Talbot county which is I believe why the sign is not AT the ramp. The parking lot is owned by the town of Oxford. Not a very clear situation for out-of-towners who are easy prey for this kind of legal abuse.
  • By
    Phil Barbalace
    on 8/05/2013
    Ramp was OK though for smaller boats only (<20ft). Problem is, as we have learned the hard way, that the ramp is "free" but you need a "parking permit" from the town of Oxford for $50. But there are NO SIGNS anywhere regarding this and after a short boat trip we found a $100 parking ticket on our vehicle for an "unoccupied m/v with trailer". Other Talbot county as well as other MD counties all have signs for permits, cost and most importantly, WHERE to get them. Nothing here. Apparently the Oxford Chief of Police, Patrick D. Maxwell is well aware that the ramp parking lot is shared by Schooner's restaurant and parking is tight and with no signs around, it's easy pickings for parking tickets. Further research after the fact revealed the permit cost and you get the town, NOT county, permit either from the town hall or a local grocery store that sells them. Seems like a scam here.
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