Masonville and Masonville Cove: A Partnership Making History
The Masonville facility encompasses two sites in one: both an active dredged material containment facility (141 acres) and a pioneering and award-winning Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership, named Masonville Cove.
Since restoration began in 2007, Masonville Cove has created rich educational experiences for community members young and old. Masonville Cove is a unique partnership and a model for stakeholder engagement through an innovative partnership between the MPA, National Aquarium, Living Classrooms, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Masonville Cove boasts 70 acres of water, 54 acres of restored wetlands with nature trails, a floating dock, an award winning environmental education center offering learning experiences for area students, and the ever popular Captain Trash Wheel to help keep litter out of the Patapsco River.
Countless animals including over 251 bird species–including Baltimore City’s first known pair of nesting bald eagles–call Masonville Cove home. Check out what the eagles and other wildlife are up to by visiting the Covecam.
Open to the public, Masonville Cove welcomes thousands of local students, communities, and birdwatchers from across the region each year and is consistently named one of the top birding sites in the state with regular events hosted throughout the year. Sign up for events here and stay up to date with Masonville Cove happenings by signing up for its newsletter.
Building the Future Together
The Masonville Cove Connector
Designed to provide safe and equitable access to the Masonville Cove site, the Masonville Cove Connector concept is currently in development to link Masonville Cove to the broader network of local walking and biking trails. The Connector will link local communities to a unique recreational asset and integrate Masonville Cove into the larger outdoor recreational landscape in Baltimore. The Masonville Cove Connector is made possible by the many partners at Masonville Cove and with support from the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.