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

Marsh Boardwalk Update:

The Department of Recreation and Parks recently closed the boardwalk at Jug Bay out of an abundance of concern for the safety of park visitors.  We understand that this is a disappointment to many who enjoy walking along the wetlands. The boardwalk is being evaluated by a structural engineer.   The report is expected to be completed in July and will provide the recommended repairs.   At that time, The Department will be able to give a time frame for reopening the boardwalk.  The Department is just as eager as everyone else to have this section of the park reopened. Thank you for your patience.

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

Homeschool Hikers

Jun 07, 2023 10:00AM—12:00PM

Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary - Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Pollinator Wednesday

Jun 07, 2023 9:00AM—12:00PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - 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.

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