Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Hours of OperationDaily, 8 am-dusk (Call the park office for seasonal closing time.)
Visitors Center 8 am-4 pm
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. This legislation declared that "flood prevention, land conservation, erosion control and protection from urban development within the watershed is a public benefit and conducive to the public health, safety and welfare." In 1968, the river was designated one of Maryland's scenic rivers.
Several properties are open for public use including:
The park offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, canoeing, archaeology and nature study. In addition, there is the Patuxent Rural Life Museums , a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century buildings and historic structures dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of southern Prince George's County. The park provides canoe and kayak rentals , facilities for camping and picnics , guided educational programs , and special programs and events for people of all ages. Reservations are required for most activities.
Follow park road past Visitors Center to the bottom of the hill. Parking limitation - 12 vehicles with trailers; 12 additional vehicles.
Follow Croom Airport Road (past park entrance road) to dead end, turn left and follow road to designated area. Parking limitation - 25 vehicles including vehicles with trailers.
Clyde Watson Boating Area
Follow Croom Road about 10 miles south of Jug Bay and turn left on Magruder's Ferry Road. Entrance is on the right. Parking limitation - 15 vehicles with trailers and 25 additional vehicles. Personal watercraft are permitted to launch with limitations.
Great American Backyard Campout
Fee: resident $40; Non-Resident $48
Patuxent River Park Club Opportunities
The Basket Bunch meets once a month to share ideas and learn how to collect natural materials and fashion them into beautiful and functional baskets. Members receive a monthly newsletter with details for the coming month's project. Membership fees: Residents of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties - $25/year; Non-Residents - $30/year.
2014 Basket Bunch Schedule
February 20: Recycled Coiled Rag Basket, Patuxent River Park
Live Osprey CamOspreys are fish eating migratory birds that return every year from South America to nest along the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. The park has erected artificial nest platforms along the river and monitors their activity throughout the season.
The male returns first and begins nest building using twigs and branches. When the female returns, the mating ritual begins. The young are born in May. By August, they are ready to leave the nest, separate from their parents and begin the annual migration back to South America.
Our Osprey Cam is located at Jug Bay Natural Area near the boat ramp at Jackson's Landing. The best time for viewing is early morning or late afternoon when the osprey bring fish back to the nest.
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