Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary


In 1980 Anne Arundel County purchased 161 acres of uplands and wetlands in Jug Bay; five years later, it bought 10.4 more acres and established the land as a sanctuary. Today the Sanctuary Proper is 452 acres (including River Farm) with 11 miles of trails and a scrub-shrub and marsh boardwalks, which can take you through a natural experience of its forests, wetlands, creeks, meadows, and its wildlife. Sanctuary visitors can also enjoy our nature play space, observation deck, and swamp blind.


The Sanctuary Proper is home to the McCann Wetlands Center, which has an interactive wetlands exhibit and a conference room available for rent. A majority of our education and public programs, summer camps, canoe excursions, and research take place at the Sanctuary Proper.


Hours of Operation:
Open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 5pm

Closed on Sundays in December, January & February

No pets. No bicycles.

No fishing or public put-ins. 

Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 


Cost of Entry: $6 per vehicle 

Military veterans and immediate family free with ID 

Friends Of Jug Bay members free

Anne Arundel County Senior Citizen Lifetime pass holders free



Phone: (410) 222-8006

Address: 1361 Wrighton Rd, Lothian MD 20711


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