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

Please Read These Important COVID -19 Announcements & Reminders:

Governor Hogan has stressed that safely practiced outdoor recreation time is essential to health and well-being. Here is what Governor Larry Hogan’s Stay at Home directive issued on March 30, 2020, means to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary:

  • Per the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary will continue to be open for running, walking and hiking ONLY.
  • The Sanctuary Proper is ONLY open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from 9am to 5pm. The Glendening Nature Preserve is open every day from 9am to 5pm.
  • Only foot traffic is allowed at our parks with the exception of wheel chairs and strollers. No bikes or scooters of any kind are allowed and horseback riding is prohibited at all Jug Bay properties.
  • Pets are NOT permitted at the Sanctuary Proper. Leashed dogs are welcome at the Glendening Preserve and other properties.
  • The Visitor Center, restrooms, and Nature Play Spaces are closed.
  • NO picnics are allowed.
  • According to the MD Dept of Natural Resources, recreational boating incuding solo kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddleboarding is permitted as a form of exercise.
  • No recreational fishing allowed however subsistence fishing is permitted from the shore.
  • All programs (education and volunteer) are suspended until May 31, 2020.

As we remain open, please follow federal guidelines and state directives pertaining to COVID-19 to keep yourself safe while visiting our Park:

  • Do NOT visit the park if you are or think you might be exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19. If you were recently sick, please follow CDC guidelines on when to stop home isolation.
  • Limit your group to 10 people or fewer, and stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid the more popular trails and give other hikers plenty of space.
  • Allow adequate personal spacing at our overlooks and boardwalks.
  • Avoid congregating in the parking lot.
  • Please drive slowly and with care on all backroads leading to our parks.

Park staff are available by email at to answer your questions or concerns.

Visit Us

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Sanctuary Proper - Visitor Center and Main Office

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

*No pets please


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

9:00am - 5:00pm

Admission Fee

$6 per vehicle

Plummer Road Entrance
5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian, MD 20711

Monday - Saturday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Wrighton Road Entrance
1290 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711

9:00am - 5:00pm

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

Call 410-222-8006 for entry code.


Cancelled: Butterfly Gardening

May 26, 2020 9:00AM—11:00AM

Jug Bay's - Nature Preserve at Waysons Corner 
5490 Sands Road
Lothian, MD 20711

Cancelled: Waterbird Survey

May 28, 2020 7:30AM—9:30AM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary 
1361 Wrighton Rd
Lothian, MD 20711


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