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Kayaking at Patuxent River Park / Jackson's Landing

  • 13 Jul 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Upper Marlboro, MD
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  • Enjoy a day on the water exploring the beautiful Patuxent River

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Kayaking at Patuxent River Park - Jackson's Landing

This has been one of Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic's favorite natural areas for paddling. We generally see osprey, perhaps eagles, butterflies and various wetlands vegetation depending on the time of year. Patuxent River Park / Jug Bay is a gem to explore. 

Level of difficulty: Moderately difficult. Warm temperatures can affect one’s endurance.

Parking and Restrooms: Both are available at the Visitor's Center (flush) and at the launch site (porta-potty). 

No boat? No problem! You’ll be able to reserve a canoe or kayak at Jackson’s Landing (in advance). Rates are for the day rather than the hour.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Rental Options
(MD) Resident Non-Resident
 Kayak  $25/boat  $33/boat
 Canoe or tandem kayak
 $30/boat  $39/boat

To make a reservation, call the park office at (301) 627-6074 or submit an online application by clicking on the button below. Submitting an application does not guarantee a reservation, so calling might be the better option.

Online reservations cannot be made within 24 hours of the rental date and Saturdays are popular, so reserve EARLY.

The Visitors Center opens at 9 a.m.  All boat renters must check in at the Visitors Center upon arrival to sign a waiver. 

Walk-up rentals are available if boats are available. If you choose to walk-up and rent a kayak, there is no guarantee one will be available. There is no entrance fee to Patuxent River Park.  

If bringing your own boat, be sure and also bring your own PFD and safety whistle. There is no launch fee if you bring your own boat.  Renters will be provided a personal flotation device and a paddle.

PFDs are required for all paddlers and must be worn properly (not strapped on the deck of your kayak) throughout the entire trip.

This activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.

Registration is limited to 10 participants and will close on Thursday, July 11th or when full, whichever comes first. A wait list will open up once we reach 10 participants.

Special note:  For this popular event, WO members will be able to register first - starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. Non-members will be able to register starting at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 if spaces are still available.

Participants MUST both register for this event on the Women Outdoors website AND also reserve your kayak/canoe in advance IF you do not have your own boat.

Bring (if bringing your own boat):

  • Paddle and PFD
  • Safety whistle

Bring (everyone):

  • Snacks for on the water and lots of water
  • Lunch (can be left in your car for after we paddle)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Waterproof bag if carrying your phone, camera or other valuables
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Wear water shoes (no flip-flops) you can get wet and a long sleeve shirt for sun protection. There is a floating launch pad at Jackson's Landing.

Specific meeting location and inclement weather information. Your automatic confirmation email will provide the exact location where we will meet for the event. It will also provide information on possible cancellation if required by weather conditions. (Scroll all the way to the bottom of the email.)

Please respect the trip leaders and other members and arrive on time - 9:00 a.m.

The automatic confirmation email is the only email you will receive about this event. There is A LOT of important information in that email about this event. Be sure and save it or print it out.

    RSVP and Cancellation – IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ

    Be sure to copy down the address and trip leader contact information from the confirmation email to bring with you as there might not be good cell service at the event location.

    If you register but then are unable to attend, please cancel your registration. Events may be cancelled due to lack of attendance, as well as changes in weather or other circumstances. 

    If you must cancel at the last minute, call or text the trip leader (see your confirmation email for contact details) and let her know who it is who is calling/texting.

    To Cancel: Go to your Registration List

    • Click on this event in your list.
    • Click on the Already registered link under the REGISTER button.
    • At the next page that opens with your registration form, click on the CANCEL REGISTRATION button, and then again click on Cancel Registration on the pop-up form.
    • Ignore the link to contact the administrator.

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