Adventure Shack & Rentals at Centennial Park

The Adventure Shack is open!

The Adventure Shack is now open for concessions - boat rentals begin April 29.  Check back here or Like us on Facebook for updates.  The best way to check for updates is to call the Adventure Shack & Rentals office at 410-313-7303 before heading to the park!  Concessions and general store items available now!  Follow us on Facebook!

Your drivers license, rental fee and an additional $10 deposit are required to rent a boat. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times. The Adventure Shack may close during hazardous conditions. All boats are rented based on a first-come, first-served basis; we do not take reservations or hold boats. To reach the Boat Rental staff, please call 410-313-7303. All customers need to complete the Boat Rental Agreement in order to rent a boat.

ADDITIONAL $10 Deposit REQUIRED with all rentals.

Boat Dock Office: 410-313-7303
10000 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Live Bait (nightcrawlers) available for sale at the Adventure Shack during normal operating hours.

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The Adventure Shack is open for concessions, noon-7pm daily!  Boat Rentals will be available later in April.

Forget something for your time at the park?  Visit the Adventure Shack to grab a bite or pick up that last minute item:

  • Snack Bar items
  • Soda, water & juice
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Bagged Ice
  • Live Bait (nightcrawlers)
  • Fishing rods
  • And Much More....

Rented a pavilion?  Forgot your ketchup or need more ice?  Call the Adventure Shack at 410-313-7304 for possible delivery right to your pavilion!


The Adventure Shack also sells daily and annual boat permits for Centennial Lake!  Heading out on the lake early?  Purchase a daily permit at the launch and when you come back in, bring that receipt to the Adventure Shack for a credit towards an annual permit!  Up to three daily permit fees may be applied to your 2017 annual permit.


The Adventure Shack & Rentals has opened for concessions for 2017!  Visit the Adventure Shack daily Noon-7pm!


To find the boat rental dock, enter Centennial Park through the main South entrance off Route 108.  Once in the park, take the second right and park in the top lot.  Walk down the pathway next to the access road to the Adventure Shack & Rentals area.

Operating hours may be altered during park events, such as extended hours for Sunset Serenades concerts and closures during triathlons on the lake.  The Adventure Shack and Rentals may also close due to inclement weather.

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Call 410-313-7303 for the most up-to-date information including inclement weather closings!


Boat Rentals are closed for the season!  See you in late April 2017!

Cash or Credit Card (No checks):

2- or 4-Seat Paddle Boat: $10 per half hour
Canoe: $10 per hour
Kayak (single or double): $10 per hour
Row Boat: $10 per hour
Fishing boat with trolling motor*: $35 for a half-day rental (4 hours) or $60 for a full-day rental (8 hours)

ADDITIONAL $10 Deposit and photo ID REQUIRED with all rentals.  For example, if paying by cash, you must have the initial rental fee PLUS the $10 deposit per boat before renting.  If paying by card, your card will be charged the initial rental fee and held as a deposit - your card WILL be charged if you forfeit your deposit for any reason.

* By law, anyone operating this boat that was born after July 1, 1972 MUST have a Maryland Safe Boating Certificate.  The Adventure Shack is not responsible for any fines resulting from a failure to comply.  For information on how to obtain your Maryland Safe Boating Certificate, visit the Maryland Dept of Natural Resources page at

Rules & Regulations

Boat rentals will open in late April 2017!

1. At least one person in each boat must be at least 16 years of age with valid photo ID.
2. The rental office accepts cash or credit card (no checks).
3. ALL patrons are required to wear the U.S.C.G. approved life vest provided AT ALL TIMES.
4. No pets are allowed on a rental boat.
5. Please do not feed the wildlife.  It is prohibited.
6. No swimming in the lake.
7. All children are counted in the number of people on the boat, regardless of age.
8. All park rules and regulations must be followed at all times.
9. Entering and exiting the boat is the passenger's responsibility.

Failure to follow these rules at all times will result in the loss of deposit.  If paying by card, your card WILL be charged the additional $10 deposit if you forfeit the deposit for any reason.

Centennial Park Angler's Log

Been fishing on Centennial Lake recently? We want to hear about your catch! Fill out this form to share and view what other people have caught on the lake! 

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Inclement Weather

The lake is closed in the event of extreme hazardous conditions.  The Adventure Shack & Rentals may close early or not open at all in case of inclement weather in the forecast.  Call 410-313-7303 before heading to the park for the most up-to-date information.

Boat Rentals will open late April 2017.  The lake is open to personal boats from March until Dec 1.  Visit the main Centennial Park page for information on launching your own boat.

Renters should return to the rental dock immediately when you hear thunder while on the lake.  Listen for announcements from Adventure Shack staff as well.

Contact Us

For information about the Adventure Shack & Rentals including updates such as closures and inclement weather, call 410-313-7303 for a recorded message.  Please do not leave a voice mail at this number - it is not monitored.

To contact the Adventure Shack staff directly during operating hours, call 410-313-7304.  This is the number for requests for deliveries of Adventure Shack items to park pavilions.

For more information about the Adventure Shack & Rentals, contact Dawn Thomas, Adventure & Outdoors Manager, at 410-313-1754 or

To report errors on this webpage, contact Matt Medicus, 410-313-1769, or

For questions or concerns about CENTENNIAL PARK, call 410-313-7271 or the main Recreation & Parks Headquarters at 410-313-4700.  Please note, Adventure Shack & Rentals staff are NOT park staff - please contact the park for any issues or questions such as pavilion rentals, parking issues, pathway questions, fishing regulations, etc.

For medical emergencies, call 911.  To reach a Park Ranger, call 410-245-1410.

Please Note:

This page is the ONLY official site for information about the Adventure Shack concessions and boat rentals at Centennial Park.  Don't be fooled by impostor websites - only sites that start with provide the correct information for Howard County Recreation & Parks and Centennial Park.

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