Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Site Location : Anne Arundel County
Coordinates : E 38-46-53N 76-42-49W
Address & Directions from a Major Highway: 1361 Wrighton Road
Lothian, MD 20711
The Sanctuary is located in southern Anne Arundel County, on the east bank of the Patuxent River.
From Annapolis, take Route 2 south to Route 258, go west to Wrighton Road.
From Washington, take Route 4 east from the Beltway and exit at Plummer Lane.
From Calvert County, take Route 4 north and exit at Route 258 (Bristol/Deale).
Public or Private : Operated by The Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreation
Site Access (days & hours) : The Sanctuary is a limited access park. It is open to the public on Wednesdays and weekends (closed Sundays between December and February) between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5p.m.
Special arrangements for use:
Call 410-741-9330. Fishing and boat launching are not permitted.
Special Interests (museum, fishing pier, swimming pool, etc.) : Established in 1985, the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary comprises one of the largest freshwater tidal wetlands on the East Coast. Large stands of wild rice, cattail and other aquatic plants support a rich assortment of invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. More than 250 bird species have been observed. Other habitats include hardwood forests, non-tidal wetlands, agricultural fields, year-round streams and temporary ponds. A working farm with two well-preserved tobacco barns occupies 12 acres. Hikers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy seven miles of boardwalks and trails. An observation deck provides a panoramic view of the wetlands and the broad Patuxent River. Wildlife observation blinds reward the patient observer with close-up views of waterfowl, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, muskrat, beavers, and turtles. The McCann Wetland Study Center contains an exhibit room, conference room, lab and staff offices. In 1991, the Sanctuary joined the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland.
Parking: (number of spaces, distance to the water) : More than 20
Fees : There is an entrance fee
Wheel Chair Access : Yes
Toilets : Yes
Picnic tables : Yes
Camping : No