The Severn River runs through Anne Arundel County in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is located south of the Magothy River, and north of the South River.
It has a watershed area (including the water surface) of 81 square miles (210 km²), or 69 square miles (180 km²) of land. Thus, its total watershed area is 15% water. From its headwaters in western Anne Arundel County, the river enters the Chesapeake Bay near the major port city of Annapolis, also the capital of Maryland. Most famous for the United States Naval Academy campus situated at the mouth of the river, the Severn provides an access point to the Chesapeake Bay for fishermen, hobby boaters, and Midshipmen. Its nontidal portion is called Severn Run, which has several branches, including Jabez Branch. Several of its creeks drain highly developed areas, including Weems Creek and its nontidal portion Cowhide Branch, which drain most of the Annapolis Mall and the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
The Severn is crossed by two bridges, one, known as the Severn River Bridge or Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, carries US 50/US 301/MD 2 and was first built in 1886, the other carries MD 450, and is now officially named the "US Naval Academy Bridge" because its south end is near the academy.
Public access to the water in the Severn watershed is available at Sandy Point State Park with its natural sandy beach on the Chesapeake and extensive recreational and boat-launching facilities. Truxton Park, on Spa Creek in Annapolis, also has boat launching facilities.
Fishing and crabbing from shore is available to the public at Sandy Point State Park on the Chesapeake, or at Jonas Green State Park on the tidal Severn. The latter park features a fishing pier composed of part of the old Route 2 bridge. Severn Run Natural Environmental Area has fishing for rainbow trout along its banks, but no amenities.
Sandy Point State Park:
This 786 acre park on the Chesapeake Bay is celebrating 55 years. Opened on June 25, 1952, the park offers an array of recreational activities. These include swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating and windsurfing. The park's beaches and picnic areas provide unparalleled views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay as well as frequent passing of seagoing freighters and sailing regattas.
The marina facility includes 22 launching ramps. Six finger piers are available for day use on a first come, first served basis. The Marina Store offers bait, tackle, fuel and fishing and crabbing licenses, snacks and drinks, and limited picnic supplies. Rowboats and motorboats are available for rent in late spring, summer and early fall.
Fishing is available from shore, numerous rock jetties or the fishing pier next to the boat launch ramps.
Bridges, rocky shoreline, channels, coves, ledges.