Listen to the wind blow through the shoreline trees. Feel the waves bounce beneath you as you sit in your boat. Smell the fresh air as it blows past you on the water.

Fishing is a great way to get outside, connect with nature, and experience its beauty. There are so many gorgeous spots along the water to fish, and one of the most accessible and scenic locations is along the Patuxent River.

Follow this itinerary to plan a fishing trip at Patuxent River Park in Jug Bay Natural Area:

  1. Book your stay. If you want to camp, the Jug Bay Natural Area, home to Patuxent River Park, offers tent camping for large groups — though you can certainly book a site for yourself or a smaller group. The locations are open year-round and have picnic tables, fire pits, and limited firewood.

    Alternatively, you can also book a room at Executive Inn & Suites in Upper Marlboro — just a short drive from Jug Bay at the Patuxent River. The rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, WiFi, and microwaves.
  2. Fuel your day. Start your morning at Mrs. K’s Motel and Restaurant in Upper Marlboro. Order massive breakfast platters, meat lover's breakfast sandwiches, and stacks of pancakes to ensure you have the energy for a long day on the water.
  3. Pack an amazing lunch. One of the best kept secrets in Prince George’s is the NY Italian Deli & Restaurant located in Brandywine. Consistently ranked high for the mouthwatering sandwiches and subs, they pack a punch of flavor along with hearty portions. Platters can also be ordered and shared amongst your group.


  1. Borrow a boat. For those without their own boat, rentals are available at the Patuxent River Park on weekends and holidays. Make a reservation to ensure a kayak or canoe is ready for you that morning.
  2. Get a history lesson. Take a break from fishing yourself to learn how people did it in the past. Visit the Patuxent Rural Life Museums in Upper Marlboro — and check out historic fishing practices at the Hunting, Fishing & Trapping Museum.


Take part in more outdoor adventures in Prince George’s.