Boat Ramps and Canoe/Kayak Launches

Patuxent River Park manages three boat ramps and seven canoe/kayak launch sites along the Patuxent River. View the Patuxent Water Trail map for details.

Boat Ramps

  • A special use permit is required for all vehicles towing boat trailers.
  • Permits are available on an annual or daily basis.
  • Permits can be purchased at the Visitors Center (Jug Bay Natural Area). Call 301-627-6074. Services are now available to purchase your daily or annual boat trailer permit online!
  • Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Once lots are filled, access will be denied until space becomes available.
  • No overnight use permitted.
  • Fuel facilities not available.
  • Personal watercraft are only permitted to launch at Clyde Watson Boating Area.
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Jackson's Landing
16000 Croom Airport Rd Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Located at Jug Bay Natural Area. Follow park road past Visitors Center to the bottom of the hill. Parking limitation - 12 vehicles with trailers; 12 additional vehicles. Personal watercraft are not permitted. 

Selby's Landing

17272 Croom Airport Rd Upper Marlboro MD, 20772

Located at Jug Bay Natural Area. Follow Croom Airport Road (past park entrance road) to a dead end, turn left and follow the road to the designated area. Parking limitation - 25 vehicles with trailers. Personal watercraft are not permitted. 

Clyde Watson Boating Area
17901 Magruder's Ferry Road Brandywine, MD 20613

Follow Croom Road about 10 miles south of Jug Bay and turn left on Magruder's Ferry Road. Entrance is on the right. Parking limitation - 15 vehicles with trailers and 25 additional vehicles. 

Personal watercraft are permitted to launch with limitations.
1.  Access limited to seven (7) at any time.
2.  Access south of boat ramp only
3.  PWC's prohibited along the shoreline in the posted area.


Canoe and Kayak Launches




Patuxent River Park offers seven access points along the river for canoe and kayaking launching. Access and launch type varies. See site descriptions below:
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Governor Bridge Natural Area and Canoe Launch
7600 Governor Bridge Road Bowie, MD 20716

This site has a floating launch pad and designated parking area.  The river is susceptible to seasonal flooding. Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is restricted by gate. Call the park at 301-627-6074 to get the lock combination.

Queen Anne Natural Area and Canoe Launch
7600 Governor Bridge Road Bowie, MD 20716

This site has a floating launch pad and designated parking area.  The river is susceptible to seasonal flooding. Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is restricted by gate. Call the park at 301-627-6074 to get the lock combination.

Jackson’s Landing at Jug Bay Natural Area
16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

This site has a floating launch pad and designated parking area.  Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is available during normal park hours, 8:00 am – one half hour before sunset.

Selby’s Landing at Jug Bay Natural Area
16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

This site has a soft boat launch and designated parking area.  Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is available during normal park hours, 8:00 am – one half hour before sunset.
Patuxent Riverkeeper Center in Nottingham
17412 Nottingham Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

This site is leased by the Patuxent River Keeper and has a floating launch pad and designated parking area. Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is available during normal park hours, 8:00 am – one half hour before sunset. There is a launch fee. Call 301-276-7913 for details.

Clyde Watson Boating Area
17901 Magruder’s Ferry Road, Brandywine, MD 20613

This site has a soft boat launch and designated parking area.  Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is available during normal park hours, 8:00 am – one half hour before sunset.

Cedar Haven Fishing Area
18400 Phyllis Wheatley Boulevard, Eagle Harbor, MD 20608

This site has a soft boat launch and designated parking area.  Visitors are encouraged to check river conditions and plan ahead. Access to the launch is available during normal park hours, 8:00 am – one half hour before sunset.