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June 4, 2022

Put your paddling skills to the test this summer by joining Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and Patuxent River Park for a 4.2 mile or 11 mile paddle down the Patuxent River, the longest river entirely within Maryland. (Bad weather date June 11, 2022)

11 Mile Paddle

Queen Anne Canoe Launch (QACL)
18405 Queen Anne Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
For experienced paddlers. This paddle begins at QACL, a beautiful area on the river where the river is fairly narrow, tree lined, and protected. This public car-top boat launch has a small floating dock and is stop #52 on the Patuxent River Water Trail. This means it is 52 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. This section of the river is still influenced by the tide, but goes with the current and is usually a calm paddle with little other boat traffic. Once you are south of Patuxent River Park (Patuxent River Water Trail stop #47) and MD Rt 4 overpass, the river begins to widen and reveals beautiful wetlands. This section of the river can expose paddlers to wind and stronger river conditions, if they exist. Enjoy a rest stop at Mt Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park (Patuxent River Water Trail #44) and treat yourself to a spectacular view of the river and wetlands from the historic house. You will continue down the river about 3 miles to the finish at Emory Waters Nature Preserve (EWNP). Enjoy an after party with food, drinks, music, and games.

Time: Approximately 7 hours to complete

Rentals: Equipment is limited, first come first serve

Registration: March 1 - May 30

$75 Registration using personal equipment (kayak or canoe)

$95 Registration with kayak, PFD, & paddle rental

** Registration closes and no refunds after May 30th **            However, refunds will be issued if the event is canceled due to weather conditions. A $20 fee will be taken from registrations canceled before May 30th. Bad weather date is June 11, 2022.

Schedule

All rental equipment will be at the launch site.

June 4, 2022

6:00 - 6:30 am: Drop personal equipment at QACL, 18405 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Allow 35 minutes to drive and park at the check in location. 

 6:30 - 7:30 am: Check in at EWNP (6032 Pindell Road, Lothian, MD 20711).  Go through the driveway gate, drive about 1 mile and look for a parking attendant.

7:30 am: Shuttles leave for paddle start location at QACL. Masks are required in the shuttle. Shuttle ride is approximately 25 minutes. Cars are left at EWNP for easy access at the end of the paddle.

8:00 - 9:00 am: Safety paddle instruction & boat launch

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Enjoy the After Party

4:00 pm: All paddlers should be finished the 11 mile paddle and at EWNP

11 mile map

4.2 Mile Paddle

Jug Bay Emory Waters Nature Preserve (EWNP)
6032 Pindell Road
Lothian, MD 20711
For newer paddlers. This paddle begins and ends at EWNP. This non-public boat launch has a small floating pier and a small ramp and is #41 on the Patuxent River Water Trail. This means it is approximately 41 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. This section of the river is wider and can expose paddlers to wind and stronger river conditions, if they exist. Enjoy the many birds and flowering wetlands you will see in this lovely section of the river. A left turn into Western Branch will reveal the rest stop at Mount Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park (Patuxent River Water Trail #44). Treat yourself to a spectacular view of the river and wetlands from the historic house. You will retrace your paddle back to EWNP to enjoy an after party with food, drinks, music, and games.

Time: Approximately 3 hours to complete

Rentals: Equipment is limited, first come first serve

Registration: March 1 - May 30

$65 Registration using personal equipment (kayak, canoe, or paddleboard)

$85 Registration with kayak or paddleboard, PFD, & paddle rental

 

** Registration closes and no refunds after May 30th **            However, refunds will be issued if the event is canceled due to weather conditions. A $20 fee will be taken from registrations canceled before May 30th. Bad weather date is June 11, 2022.

Schedule Coming Soon

4.2 mile map

Tides for June 4, 2022:

LOW 2:27 AM → HIGH 8:57 AM → LOW 4:30 PM → HIGH 9:42 PM

Paddlers must properly wear a US Coast Guard approved PFD, in good working order, at all times while on the water and on piers. The Patuxent River is a relatively slow-moving river, but paddlers must be able to propel the boat/board through the water and:
• Independently participate in all activities while maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
• Manage all personal care and personal mobility independently.
• Effectively communicate with leaders and other participants.
Bring a reusable water bottle with plenty of water, sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, extra snacks, extra set of dry clothes, and close toed shoes that can get wet and muddy.
Paddlers must be 18 and older. Registration and current health guidelines are required.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Jug Bay and Patuxent River Park.

The After Party!

Paddling not your thing? Join your paddling friends and family riverside for the After Party, at Emory Waters Nature Preserve. The after party is 2 - 6 pm. After Party guests may enter as early as 1 pm. Hamburger/hot dog or vegetarian option, chips and a cookie are included with your ticket price.

After Party tickets only are $25 per person.

*Registration closes and no refunds after May 30th*

Enjoy live music and yard games!