Bladensburg Waterfront Park

The Bladensburg Waterfront Park, a property of MNCPPC, is on the site of a colonial-era harbor, once a major international port on the Anacostia River until siltation rendered it unusable as early as 1790. To this day ongoing dredging is necessary to keep the river open to even small craft. The dredge spoil is piped to ponds on the W side of the river. The Anacostia is still tidal at this point and so the extent of mud flats is variable; a tide table is useful for timing your visit to maximize their exposure. Kayaks and canoe rentals on site; heavy public use in good weather and on week-ends. Walk across the footbridge into Colmar Manor Regional Park. Walk down the road and through the gate, bear left, skirt left around the ball fields and enter a thickly vegetated area of scrub and ponds – relics of an old quarry. Night-herons can be found here.


Breeding Bald Eagle, Osprey, Wood Duck, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-heron, shorebirds, terns including Least Tern; Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, migrant sparrows on the Colmar Manor side.

Best Seasons: 
Spring and Fall migration; early summer.
Grounds - sunrise to sunset; every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day.
Google Map: 
Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Site Address: 
4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710
From DC, go E. on Bladensburg Rd (reachable from NY Ave). After crossing the Anacostia, bear right on MD 450, then immediately right into the park. From the Beltway, exit at MD 202 W, then merge on to MD 450 and look for the park entrance on left just before the prominent Peace Cross, just before the Anacostia bridge.
Nearby Sites: 
National Arboretum
Prince George's County