Patuxent River Park

alert-triangle-white 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. Canoe and kayak rentals are available Saturday and Sunday only with online reservations. 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



The Patuxent River was first recognized by the State of Maryland as a valuable natural resource, worthy of protection, in the Patuxent River Watershed Act of 1961. In 1968, the river was designated one of Maryland's scenic rivers. Today, the Patuxent River remains one of the most beautiful sites in Prince George's County and the State of Maryland. Home to a wide variety of plants and animals, the river also tells great historical stories and sustains livelihoods and hobbies held by enthusiasts of all kinds.

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, boat ramps, canoe & kayak rentals and launches, campsites, pavilion, trails, historic sites, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, observation tower with elevator, and more. Jug Bay Natural Area is the headquarters for Patuxent River Park.

Programming for educators and the general public includes environmental and historical education programs, guided canoe and kayak trips, and pontoon boat tours.