In 1993, the Park Trust completed the preservation of a 30-acre island on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park. Oxley Island was incorporated, as one of 30 islands, into the State of Maryland Islands of the Potomac Wildlife Management Area. 

The area, administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, stretches from Oxley Island near White’s Ferry downstream to Beall’s Island in Potomac, MD. It is open to multiple recreational uses such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Project Details:

Project Years: 1991-1993
Parcel Size: 30 acres
Project Value: $20,000

Long-Term Significance:

  • Protection maintains the natural and cultural landscape as seen from the C&O Canal National Historical Park
  • More public land along the river is created for public recreational access
  • Dedication to a wildlife management area enhances the protection of habitat and species populations
View of Oxley Island from towpath
Map of project location in relation to C&O Canal National Historical Park