About Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. Established in 1985, the Sanctuary is the largest park in the system and it includes one of the largest freshwater tidal wetlands on the East Coast. The Sanctuary is managed so visitors can enjoy, appreciate, and learn about the peaceful, quiet environment and the expansive wetlands. The Sanctuary consists of 1,600 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands, forests, meadows, and fields along the Patuxent River. The Sanctuary is located in southern Anne Arundel County, 20 miles east Washington D.C. and 18 miles south of Annapolis. The wetlands contain large diverse stands of aquatic plants, which are home to many bird, fish, reptile, and mammal species. To recognize the large and diverse bird populations here, the Sanctuary has been designated as a Nationally Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.