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Governor Bridge Natural Area & Canoe Launch

7600 Governor Bridge Road
Bowie, MD 20716
301-627-6074; TTY 301-699-2544

Hours of Operation:

8 am-dusk

boy fishingGovernor Bridge Natural Area and Canoe Launch is located near the Bowie Baysox Stadium. At one time, the property was an active sand and gravel mining operation. Abandoned in the 1960's, the land was neglected for years. In the 1980's the property was selected as a "mitigation" site and a restoration plan was developed to return the land to its natural environment. Today, large mouth bass flourish in the 8-acre lake. A loop trail encircles the lake and provides excellent opportunities for hiking, bicycling, nature study and fishing. The park is managed as "catch and release" for bass. Guided nature/birding hikes are held monthly on Saturday mornings by the Prince George's Audubon Society. Visit their website at for the schedule.

The property provides access to the river for canoes and kayaks. The site has a launch pad and parking facilities. It is also the initial launch point for the Patuxent Water Trail. The river is susceptible to seasonal flooding. Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access is restricted-call the park at 301-627-6074 to get the lock combination.


Located near the Bowie Baysox Stadium.

From Route 301 in Bowie, turn onto Governor Bridge Road. Go 1.5 miles to park entrance on the right.

Directions to Canoe Launch From Route 301 in Bowie, turn onto Governor Bridge Road. Go 1.6 miles to launch entrance on the right. Take gravel road to landing. Access is restricted.

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