NOTE: As of October 24, 2022, the Dorchester County side of the Bill Burton Fishing Pier is open from 7 am to sunset daily (except Christmas). However, the Talbot County side of the Bill Burton Fishing Pier remains closed until further notice because of structural concerns.
Crab, fish or stroll along what was the original bridge across the Choptank River. The pier is in two sections, with an opening in the middle where boats pass through. Part of the pier is accessible from the Dorchester County and Cambridge (eastern) side of the Malkus Bridge; the other part is accessible from the Talbot County and Trappe (western) side of the bridge. Crabbing and fishing licenses are required.
The half-mile Dorchester section of the pier is open from 7am to sunset, every day except Christmas. The piers provide excellent fishing that includes perch, striped bass, croaker, sea trout, and catfish.
Visitors can also enjoy crabbing, biking, walking, and jogging on the piers. The piers are also a great place to observe local waterfowl, such as osprey and geese. Leashed pets are allowed. Port-a-pots are available on the pier. It’s a short walk from the Dorchester side of the fishing pier to the Dorchester Visitor Center by way of a riverside boardwalk.
To drive to the Dorchester County side of the fishing pier, head west on Route 50. Just before you reach the Route 50 Malkus Bridge over the Choptank River, bear right toward Radiance Drive (by the American Legion), and then immediately bear left into a small parking lot. You can also park at the Dorchester Visitor Center and walk about a quarter-mile along the boardwalk to reach the pier.
To drive to the Talbot County side of the fishing pier, head west over the Route 50 Malkus Bridge over the Choptank River. Take the first right onto Boilingbroke Point Drive. Stay straight and park on the street.