Deal Island, Maryland

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Deal Island is a census-designated place (CDP) in Somerset County, Maryland, United States. The population was 578 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Salisbury, Maryland Metropolitan Statistical Area. The small town was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Deal Island Historic District in 2006.[1]



Deal Island is located at 38°9′16″N 75°56′44″W / 38.15444°N 75.94556°W / 38.15444; -75.94556 (38.154551, -75.945659)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²) of it (39.66%) is water.

The State of Maryland Deal Island Wildlife Management Area can be found on both sides of Deal Island Road in and around greater Deal Island. It features scenic water vistas of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. It is 13,000 acres (53 km2). It has over 9 miles (14 km) of flat trails used by walkers, hikers, off road cyclists, crabbers and birdwatchers.

The WMA is approximately half way between Salisbury, MD and Chincoteague, VA. To get to the WMA take Rte 13 in to the Princess Anne, MD area then turn on Deal Island Road. Access to the WMA is primarily in 4 locations along Deal Island Road in greater Deal Island:

1. Approximately 8 miles (13 km) in from Rte 13 on Deal Island Rd slow down. On the left look for a gravel road with a dark reddish sign saying the Deal Island Wildlife Management Area. It leads to the west side of the WMA impoundment (lake) area w/boat ramp. Primarily, small boat owners launch from this area. It is a popular spot for walkers, hikers and birdwatchers too.

2. The Messick Road public boat ramp area in Dames Quarter features a ramp and pier. When facing the water, you are looking at the mouth of Dames Quarter Creek. From the ramp, small boat owners go to the right up in to the creek. Large boat owners head to the left where they quickly meet the waters of the Monie Bay/Wicomico River. The Tangier Sound open waters on the Chance, MD side of the Chesapeake Bay quickly follow. This ramp is used for fishing and recreational boating activity. The Messick Road pier and shoreline is a popular spot for fishing, crabbing and bird watching.

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