Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Hours of Operation
January 3, 2017: First day to reserve the Pavilion and Camp Sites A, B, C, and D for 2017 dates.
February 1, 2017: First day to reserve Canoe Camp, Selby's Camp, and water trail sites for 2017 dates.
Our mission is to manage natural and historical resources along the Patuxent River in order to promote environmental awareness and stewardship through education, conservation, preservation, and recreation.
The Patuxent River
The Patuxent River was first recognized by the State of Maryland as a valuable natural resource, worthy of protection, in the Patuxent River Watershed Act of 1961.
Several properties are open for public use including:
The park offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, canoeing, archaeology and nature study.
AMERICAN INDIAN VILLAGE
The American Indian Village at Patuxent River Park is a replicated Eastern Woodland Village with various components giving visitors opportunities to explore the history of the Indigenous peoples of Prince George's County,
If you are interested in the programming we offer at the Village, please visit our Educational Programs page for more information.
In addition, there is the Patuxent Rural Life Museums, a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century buildings and historic structures dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of southern Prince George's County.
Follow park road past Visitors Center to the bottom of the hill. Parking limitation - 12 vehicles with trailers; 12 additional vehicles.
Follow Croom Airport Road (past park entrance road) to a dead end, turn left and follow
Clyde Watson Boating Area
Follow Croom Road about 10 miles south of Jug Bay and turn left on Magruder's Ferry Road. Entrance is on the right. Parking limitation - 15 vehicles with trailers and 25 additional vehicles. Personal watercraft
Live Osprey CamOspreys are fish eating migratory birds that return every year from South America to nest along the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. The park has erected artificial nest platforms along the river and monitors their activity throughout the season.
The male returns first and begins nest building using twigs and branches. When the female returns, the mating ritual begins. The young are born in May. By August, they are ready to leave the nest, separate from their parents and begin the annual migration back to South America.
Our Osprey Cam is located at Jug Bay Natural Area near the boat ramp at Jackson's Landing. The best time for viewing is early morning or late afternoon when the osprey