A notice to our patrons
The Park offices, Visitors Center, and pavilion are closed to the public. All trails, some public restrooms, boat ramps, and soft launch sites are open. Up until November 2, Canoe and kayak rentals are available Saturday and Sunday with online reservations only. Limited primitive tent camping is available Friday-Sunday only with online reservations. Trail work at Jug Bay Natural Area will be taking place over the next few months and may result in some trail closures. Thank you for your patience.
The Patuxent River is considered one of the most beautiful sites in Prince George's County and the State of Maryland. But it is not just a stunning site, it is also a valuable natural resource. The Patuxent River Watershed Act of 1961 recognized this and that the river is worthy of protection.
In 1968, the river was designated one of Maryland's scenic rivers. It is home to a wide variety of plants and animal. The river tell us great stories of the past, it is part of a vital ecosystem, and it is full of adventure for you to discover.
About Patuxent River Park
Established in 1962, Patuxent River Park comprises over 7,800 acres of riverside parkland in Prince George’s County that protects the land’s natural resources and preserves the scenic character of the park.
The different properties that comprise Patuxent River Park offer a variety of amenities and outdoor activities including:
a visitors center
canoe & kayak rentals and launches
observation tower with elevator, and more.
Jug Bay Natural Area is the headquarters for Patuxent River Park. Programs for educators and the general public includes environmental and historical education programs, guided canoe and kayak trips, and pontoon boat tours.