Mostly marsh and forested wetland, Ellis Bay is a 3,000-acre wet wonderland. It is perfect habitat for ducks and wading birds, such as herons and egrets. White-tailed deer and many other wildlife species also use the area. To protect Chesapeake Bay wetlands, this area was purchased by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1957 and has been offering outdoor and nature enthusiasts recreational opportunities ever since. Hunters will find white-tailed deer, squirrels, woodcock, ducks, Canada geese and cottontail rabbits. Trapping is offered by yearly lease. Anglers and seafood lovers will enjoy crabbing and fishing for trout, white perch and rockfish. A boat ramp makes it easy for boaters to hit the water. Mosquitoes and other biting insects can be a problem from spring through early fall. Be sure to bring insect repellent, minimize exposed skin and wear light-colored clothing.