You get a line, I'll get a pole, honey!


Come try your luck at Camp Mardela's own fishing pond. This small pond offers fishing primarily for bass, bluegill, and catfish.

In order to keep the pond fun and enjoyable (and to keep the fish from getting lonely!) we have a catch and release policy for the fishing pond.

Use of the fishing pond is free to groups renting other areas of the camp. They must bring their own gear in order to preserve the camp's gear for summer programs.

Camp Mardela does provide rods and tackle during our summer programs, but campers may bring their own if they prefer.

Included with rental and completed Water Safety Agreement



Swimming, swimming, in the swimming pool!

This man-made swimming pond is just as fun as it looks! Complete with a floating dock for the deep end, cement steps for the shallow end, a wooden deck, and a whole lotta aquatic fun in between, this is a feature attraction here at Camp Mardela.

With depth ranging from 2 feet to 6 feet, swimmers of all ages and swimming levels can enjoy this natural pool in the woods. Lifeguarding staff is on duty during summer camp and during rental retreats upon request.

The pond is emptied every year, and refilled for the spring and summer seasons, so rental groups may not have access to this pond certain times of the year. However, if the pond is filled, it can be used with proper supervision.

Included with rental and completed Water Safety Agreement

Lifeguard Supervision - $20/hour (50 or fewer swimmers)


Dip, dip, and swing her back, flashing with silver.


Camp Mardela is situated along Watts Creek, that leads to the Choptank River and eventually flows to the Chesapeake Bay. While campers will most likely not make the venture down to the bay, this tidal creek is unique because its current and depth change throughout the day. So while there are no raging rapids or racing currents, this is a peaceful place to canoe or kayak.

Camp has 8 canoes and 16 kayaks, along with life jackets and paddles. Campers can use these facilities during camp with the supervision of lifeguards and canoe and kayak instructors. Lifeguards and canoe and kayak instructors can be provided upon request for rental groups.

Included with rental and completed Water Safety Agreement

Lifeguard Supervision - $20/hour (50 or fewer swimmers)

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