Find your way to Jug Bay

Paddle over 2,000 acres of tidal freshwater marsh

Wander 19 miles of trails

Look for 300+ bird species

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program

COVID Announcements & Reminders:

  • Masks are required indoors in Anne Arundel County for all people, vaccinated and unvaccinated. Wear a mask while indoors or in populated areas.
  • The Visitor Center is open again! You may enter the building, interact with the displays, and use the restroom facilities in our Visitor Center! Wearing a mask is mandatory.
  • Please drive slowly and with care on all back roads leading to our parks.
  • Park staff are available by email at to answer your questions or concerns.
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Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Sanctuary Proper: Visitor Center, Main Office, Trails

Address: 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
Phone: 410-222-8006

*No pets please


OPEN: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Closed Sundays Dec-Feb)

9:00am - 5:00pm

CLOSED: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


$6 per vehicle

Free for Friends of Jug Bay Members (become a Friend today)

Free entrance for active military, veterans, and their families (ID required)

AACO Lifetime Senior Citizen permit accepted, but not sold here.

Plummer Road Entrance (Main Entrance)
5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian, MD 20711

9:00am - 5:00pm

Wrighton Road Entrance
1290 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711

9:00am - 5:00pm

*Leashed dogs allowed. Please pick up after your pet.

Sands Road Entrance
5490 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20711

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

Southern Maryland Blvd Entrance
5481 Southern Maryland Blvd, Lothian, MD 20711

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

1426 Mt. Zion Marlboro Road, Lothian, MD 20711

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

4550 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20776

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

** gate no longer requires a code **

Magnificent Marsh Mammals 

Feb 20, 2021 4:00PM—Feb 20, 2021 6:00PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary  1361 Wrighton Rd Lothian, MD 20711

Pollinator/Preserve Wednesday 

Jan 19, 2022 9:00AM—12:00PM

Jug Bay's Emory Waters Nature Preserve 6032 Pindell Road Lothian, MD 20711


Become a part of our highly dedicated group of volunteers who support the Sanctuary through education, citizen science, and stewardship.

Support the Friends of Jug Bay

Want to help preserve the beautiful habitats and wildlife of Jug Bay? Support the Sanctuary by becoming a member of the Friends of Jug Bay and help us in our mission to protect these unique ecosystems.

Learn more about all of the benefits our members receive.