Chance, Maryland

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Chance is a census-designated place (CDP) in Somerset County, Maryland, United States. The population was 377 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Salisbury, Maryland Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Chance is located at 38°10′37″N 75°56′21″W / 38.17694°N 75.93917°W / 38.17694; -75.93917 (38.176818, -75.939272)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (32.68%) is water.

Located just before the 1/4 mile bridge leading in to Deal Island proper. The main road in Chance is Deal Island Road. When heading west on Deal Island Road to the right is mostly residential housing w/some commercial property. Note: Lucky's General Store and Restaurant provides food, gas and beverage for the entire greater Deal Island area. To the left consists of residential property and the Deal Island Wildlife Management Area.

The Deal Island Wildlife Management Area is the treasure of this area. The WMA features scenic water vistas of the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries. It is 13000 acres[2]. It has over 9 miles[2]. of flat trails used by walkers, hikers, off road cyclist, crabbers and birdwatchers.

The WMA and Chance, MD are approximately half way between Salisbury, MD and Chincoteague, VA. To get to Chance, MD and 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 5 locations along Deal Island Road:

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[3] 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.

(Messick Road is approximately 10 miles (16 km) in from Rte 13. From Deal Island Road turn on Messick Road and go approximately 1-mile (1.6 km). The public boat ramp area is at the end. )

3. The Riley Roberts Road public boat ramp area is in Dames Quarter. This is actually considered the main entrance to the WMA. It has 2 ramps. The ramp on the left is used by small boater owners. It features the east side of the impoundment (lake) area of the Deal Island Wildlife Management Area. Primarily known for 2 things. Catching Maryland Chesapeake blue crabs the old fashion way. IE by line/chicken neck/weight/net. And for its 9 miles (14 km) of scenic water vista related trail. The ramp on the right is used by larger boat owners. It quickly feeds in to where the mouth of the Manokin River meets the Tangier Sound waters of the Little Deal Island side of the Chesapeake Bay. Mainly used for fishing, hunting and recreational boating activity.

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