Patuxent River Park Jug Bay Natural Area
Upper Marlboro, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Jug Bay Natural Area of Patuxent River Park provides some of the best birding in Maryland. More than 250 species have been recorded here, more than 100 of those confirmed as nesting. The marshes boast one of the largest stands of wild rice in Maryland, attracting large numbers of migrating Sora Rails and waterfowl in the early fall.

Jug Bay's 350 acres of water are very shallow—only about a foot deep beyond the river channel. The valley through which the Patuxent flows here is actually no wider than the valley immediately upstream or downstream, but it has spread out over its floodplain, a marsh nestled between low river terraces. Other activities available here include walking through wetlands, participating in guided boat tours, hiking and horseback riding over eight miles of woodland trails, boating and canoeing, fishing, camping, hunting, and visiting a museum and outdoor exhibits of nineteenth century life along the Patuxent, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Location / Directions: From Washington DC: From I-495, take Exit 11A, (Pennsylvania Avenue), Route 4 east for 8 miles. Take Route 301 south for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Croom Station Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn left on Croom Road (Route 382) and proceed for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Croom Airport Road and continue for 2 miles. At park entrance, either continue straight to the Group Camp Area or turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to park office.

From Routes 50/301: Take Route 301 south for 15 miles. Turn left onto Croom Station Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Croom Road (Route 382) and continue for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Croom Airport Road and continue for 2 miles. At park entrance, either continue straight to Group Camp Area or turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to park office.

From the South: Take Route 301 North to Croom Station Road (right turn, 2 miles past Rosaryville). Proceed for 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Croom Road (Route 382) and continue for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Croom Airport Road and continue for 2 miles. At park entrance, either continue straight to Group Camp Area or turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to park office.

Driving Directions
Address: Patuxent River Park Jug Bay Natural Area
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Visitor Phone: (301) 627-6074
Activities: Jug Bay is a "limited use natural area." A range of activities are available, but it is recommended that visitors call the park office in advance.

Operating Hours: Advance reservations and/or special use permits are required for activities at this site. Contact park staff at 301-627-6074 for reservations, or information about days and hours of operation, or fees.
Visitor Facilities: Duvall Tool Museum, Critical Area Driving Tour, hiking and riding trails, managed hunting areas, two public boat ramps, fishing areas, and opportunities for canoe and kayak rental, and primitive tent camping.
Size: 2,000 acres
Website: http://www.pgparks.com/places/parks/patuxent.html

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