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.