Fall Fest/Paddling The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Date and Time

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9:30AM - 1:00PM


Maryland, Capital Area (DC),


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


You may have heard Liana Vitali speak passionately about the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary at our Conservation Conversation back in March. The Sanctuary protects about 1,700 acres of unique tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields along the Patuxent River, and provides a safe haven for a high diversity of plants, insects, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and microbes. This is your chance to experience the beauty of this special place in person from the comfort of your kayak or canoe. We will meet at Jackson Landing in Patuxent River State Park, where kayak and canoe rentals are available. After launching, we will follow the Patuxent River downstream until we can round the vegetation on the eastern side of the river and paddle up into the wetlands sanctuary. We will explore some of the channels in the wetlands before following the shore down to the River Farm Landing where we will have an early lunch. After lunch we will make our way back to the main channel and paddle upstream to return to Jackson Landing. Total distance is about three miles, but the river has a decent current so paddlers will need to save enough energy to make it back to Jackson Landing. Single kayak, double kayak and canoe rentals are available from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Jackson Landing and reservations are recommended. To reserve a boat, please visit: https://www.pgparks.com/3410/Canoe-Kayak-Rentals. Rates for single kayaks are $25 for MD residents and $33 for non-residents. Canoes and tandem kayaks rent for $30 for MD residents and $39 for non-residents. There is no entrance fee for the park. In addition to a boat, paddle, and personal flotation device, paddlers should bring sunscreen, a hat to shade your head from the sun, lunch in a waterproof bag, a snack, at least a quart of water and water shoes. Bug spray is also a good idea. There is a port-a-potty at the landing but no drinking water. Please arrive in time to be ready to launch by 10:00 am so that we can be back to the launch site before any afternoon thunderstorms. Leaders may change the route or duration of the trip to take into account the weather, current, paddling abilities of the group, or other eventualities that may arise. We may postpone the trip in the event of bad weather. Paddlers must register to attend this trip. To register, please contact the trip leaders.

AMC Trip Policy

COVID 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers be vaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of an event. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may be required to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative a current (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending this event. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all AMC settings and should make choices about participating accordingly.



Related Link(s):

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Patuxent River Park boat rentals

Driving Directions

Click map for driving directions

From MD 301 take MD 382 (Croom Rd) East. Turn left onto Croom Airport Road which bears sharply to the right at the intersection with Duvall Road. Patuxent River Park entrance will be on your left. Follow the Park Entrance Road until it ends at Jacksons Landing.

Paddling at Jug Bay


Paddling - Flatwater

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Peter is an AMC Paddling Leader-in-Training. He grew up hiking and paddling in New England and the Adirondacks. After moving to the D.C. area in 1994, he rediscovered AMC while teaching his daughter Lucy to enjoy the outdoors. He is the Vice Chair and a hiking leader for the Potomac Chapter and enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, biking, paddling and skiing.


Member of the Potomac Chapter, serving as the Chapter's Treasurer and the Chair of the Paddling Committee. Extensive experience with day and multi-day hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking and canoeing trips. Certified Paddling Leader with both the Potomac and New York/North Jersey Chapters for paddling Class I and II rivers, flat waters and tidal waters for day trips and multi-day overnight trips.
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