Jug Bay Park

At 2,000 acres, Jug Bay Park is the keystone of a string of county parks along the Prince Georges side of the Patuxent River. 

The ‘Jug Bay’ itself is a widening of the river to ½ mile, the convoluted shoreline bordered by brackish marsh and inlets, affording ideal habitat for waterfowl from late Fall to late Winter, with some fall-off during mid-winter. During Fall, stands of wild rice harbor migrating rails.  Mudflats attract interior-migrating shorebirds. Many Osprey pairs nest on close-in platforms, and Bald Eagles are present year-round. In addition are multiple types of habitat including a 1/2 mile boardwalk over a freshwater marsh, numerous trails through deciduous forests, and an open field (though leased for crops during breeding season).


During migration, there can be a rich diversity of species. During Fall, Sora and Virginia Rail in the marshes.  After harvest, the leased corn field may harbor sparrows and Horned Larks. Nesting area for Least Bittern, Horned Lark, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole and many other species.


Don’t miss the boardwalk along Black Walnut Creek.
Best Seasons: 
Fall, late Winter, Spring
8 AM to “dusk”, all year
Google Map: 
Jug Bay Park
Site Address: 
6000 Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
On site at end of entrance road and end of Croom Airport Road.
From Rt 301 at Rt 4, go S on Rt 301 for 1.7 mi. to Croom Station Rd. After 1.6 mi. turn left on Croom Rd and proceed 1.5 mi. to Croom Airport Rd on left, watching carefully for turn. Continue 2 miles, turning right at sharp turn, to park entrance on left, to HQ and VC, or continue on to second park entrance at end of road, the former “Croom Airport”. From here one can drive left to the boat launch and entrance to the “driving tour” to Merkle Wildlife
Special Features: 
Canoe/kayak launch sites and rentals at HQ, and boat launch at Croom Airport. Pontoon boat rides available with advance reservation.
Prince George's County