Situated on the eastern side of the Patuxent River, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is distinguished by its mission to protect vital
wildlife habitat, promote ecological research, and to educate the public about wetlands and the natural environment.
Although public access and activities are limited in order to preserve Sanctuary habitats, there is ample opportunity for visitor exploration and enjoyment. Each year, about 10,000 visitors take part in scheduled educational programs, hike over the Sanctuary's trails and boardwalks, explore the marshes and river by canoes, and participate in research projects.
Visitors are welcome to hike, birdwatch, photograph wildlife, or to simply enjoy the scenery. Hikers should stay on marked trails. All plants and animals are protected. Please note that not all our trails are wheelchair or stroller accessible.
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Researchers and students are encouraged to use the Sanctuary as a site for ecological studies and educators are welcome to bring their students here to teach them about natural history, ecology, and environmental science.
Hunting, fishing, biking, overnight camping and horseback riding are not permitted.
Dogs on a leash are permitted in the Glendening Preserve portion of the Sanctuary.