Camping and Picnics
Camping: Jug Bay Natural Area
The Jug Bay Natural Area offers primitive tent camping; no RVs or tent trailers. There are four small group sites (A-D), which accommodate groups of up to 15 at each site, and two sites near the river (Canoe Camp & Selby's Camp), which accommodate groups of up to 25 at each site. These sites are open year round. Each campsite offers picnic tables, a fire pit with cooking grate, and a limited amount of firewood. These campsites are located near several hiking trails and within walking distance of the river.
The small group camp area (A-D) features accessible solar-powered indoor composting restroom facilities onsite. Selby’s Camp and Canoe Camp have portable toilets available. Running water is not available at these campsites. Campers are encouraged to bring their own drinking water or reusable bottles. Potable water is available in front of the Visitors Center restrooms.
To reserve one of these sites, please call the park office at 301-627-6074. You can also reserve a campsite and view a PARKS DIRECT map online.
Reservations made within 24 hours of the rental date must be made by phone or in person. At the time of reservation, staff will provide guests a combination to gain entrance through the campsite gates.
Camping: Patuxent Water Trail Campsites
Groups of 25 or fewer can enjoy our water-access only campsites located at various points along the river and are a part of the Patuxent Water Trail. These sites include #40A White Oak Landing, # 35A Spice Creek, or #30 Milltown Landing. Camping site #44A Iron Pot Landing can accommodate up to 10 people. Each site includes a portable toilet, picnic table, and a fire ring. These sites do not include running water or firewood. Guests may only access these sites via canoe or kayak. You may bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from the park. Boat rentals are launched from #42 Jackson’s Landing. Overnight parking is available at several park locations. Please call the park office for reservations at 301-627-6074.
View and download the Patuxent Water Trail-Mid River Map (PDF)
|PRICE PER NIGHT||NUMBER OF CAMPERS|
|Canoe Camp||$25 Resident(R) / $33 Non-Resident(NR)||Up to 25 people|
|Selby's Camp||$25R/$33NR||Up to 25 people|
|Campsite A||$15R/$20NR||Up to 15 people|
|Campsite B||$15R/$20NR||Up to 15 people|
|Campsite C||$15R/$20NR||Up to 15 people|
|Campsite D||$15R/$20NR||Up to 15 people|
|Iron Pot Landing*||$20R/$26NR||Up to 10 people|
|White Oak Landing*||$20R/$26NR||Up to 25 people|
|Spice Creek*||$20R/$26NR||Up to 25 people|
|Milltown Landing*||$20R/$26NR||Up to 25 people|
*Residents are those who reside in Prince George's or Montgomery County. Proof of residency is required.
The park offers a premier location for group picnics all year. The site includes a large pavilion with electrical outlets, 30 picnic tables and a two-story barn with tables and benches.
The pavilion area features indoor, accessible restroom facilities. The onsite well house provides drinking water as well as a locked storage room containing sports equipment and lawn games. The campsite is located near several park trails and is within walking distance of the river.
Picnics are by reservation only and payment is due at that time. A $100 security deposit is required. Permit holders must check in with the visitors center to receive the combination code to the pavilion gate. There must be a Day Use reservation in order to stay overnight.
To make a reservation, call the park office at 301-627-6074. Pavilion reservations are not available online.
View and download the Patuxent River Park Pavilion & Campsite Area (PDF) map.
|Day Use||Up to 200 people||10 am-7 pm||$400R/$520NR|
|Overnight||Up to 200 people||7 pm-9 am||$200R/$260NR|
|Off-Season (Nov-March) Day Use||Up to 200 people||10 am-7 pm||$100R/$130NR|
|Off-Season (Nov-March) Overnight||Up to 200 people||7 pm-9 am||$50R/$65NR|
Residents are those who reside in Prince George's or Montgomery County. Proof of residency is required.