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2-6-2020: Centennial Park West Pedestrian Bridge is CLOSED. Howard County Recreation & Parks shoulder detour is complete for safe pedestrian travel along Centennial Lane due to the closure of the west-area pedestrian bridge. The detour will be in place until the new pedestrian bridge is installed. The anticipated completion of the new replacement bridge is May 1, 2020. Bridge closure and detour signs have been posted at each of the park access paths. Please see the accompanying detour map for the alternate route during the bridge closure. Click here to read the press release.






Centennial Park


10000 Clarksville Pike (Main/South), Ellicott City, MD 21042

4800 Woodland Road (East), Ellicott City, MD 21042

4651 Centennial Lane (West), Ellicott City, MD 21042

9801 Old Annapolis Road (North), Ellicott City, MD 21042

Phone: 410-313-7271 or 410-313-7256

Park Hours: 7 am to dusk, or as posted

Adventure Shack and Rentals

Concessions and Boat Rentals!




Main/South Google MapsPDF

North Google MapsPDF

West  Google MapsPDF

East Google MapsPDF

Centennial Park has won awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. The 337-acre park features a spectacular 54-acre man-made lake, which is stocked by the State Department of Fisheries, and is home to a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, beavers, foxes, turtles, herons, and many other bird species. You can walk, run or bike the 2.6-mile paved pathway that encircles the lake or the 7.3 miles of interconnecting paved pathway that includes links to surrounding neighborhoods. Cast for bass, trout, sunfish and tiger muskies. The park has four main areas: North, South, East, and West, each with a separate entrance. Included are 9 picnic pavilions available on a first-come, first-served basis, unless reserved, and 3 first-come, first-served picnic areas (propane grills are not permitted). From late spring through early fall, Adventure Shack & Rentals is open for concessions, boat rentals and general store items.  Located in the park's South area, visit the Adventure Shack & Rentals page for complete information!


Park Information

Rules and Regulations

To Report a Park Concern

To report damage or park concerns, leave a message on the Department's hot-line, 410-313-DIRT (3478). For emergencies dial 911.

Park Rules

The purpose of these regulations is to provide a safe and peaceful use of County parks and park land; for recreational and educational benefit and enjoyment; and for the protection and preservation of the property, facilities and natural resources of the County. Park land and recreation programs conducted on park land are open for use by all members of the public regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability. Click on the links below for more information about our regulations.

See the boating permit and fishing tab for regulations about boats on Centennial Lake.

Howard County Code

Title 19 - Recreation and Parks

Things to Remember  

  • Help to keep your parks beautiful -- please take your trash and recyclable items home. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. 
  • All boaters (including canoes & kayaks) on the lake must have a Centennial Lake daily or seasonal boat permit.
  • Dogs are prohibited on all Department of Recreation & Parks athletic fields.
  • Dogs must be secured by a leash or lead and under control of a responsible person capable of immediate and effective restraint of the animal.
  • Dog droppings may attract disease-harboring pests, and even a friendly dog can scare the birds, wildlife and park visitors. Clean up after your dog and keep it leashed; it's the law. 
  • All of our parks are inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife such as deer, snakes, fish, rabbits, insects and birds. Please do not disturb them; remember, this is their home.

Howard County Bans Smoking in All County Parks

In a continued effort to be a model public health community and preserve its rank as Maryland’s Healthiest County, Howard County was the first jurisdiction in Maryland with a total ban on smoking and tobacco products of any kind in all the 57 County-owned parks and recreational areas. Enforcement will take the form of requesting voluntary compliance. However, if a smoker does not extinguish a smoking product, park staff will remind them of the new policy and could request exiting the property if they choose to continue smoking.