The Patuxent River area is a great place to call home, offering a wide range of activities for any newcomer. The area boasts excellent schools, great shopping, prime real estates (housing) and a variety of area attractions (museums, golf courses, etc.).

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The River

In 1961, the State of Maryland first recognized the Patuxent River as a valuable natural resource, worthy of protection, in the Patuxent River Watershed Act. This act is helping to preserve the area within the watershed for public benefit. In 1968, the river was designated one of Maryland’s scenic rivers.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission then developed a plan “to preserve and protect the very unique natural and historical resources… while providing compatible recreational activities for the public.” They sought to acquire land funded by Program Open Space, Maryland’s nationally acclaimed land preservation program. They own more than 7,000 acres of parkland that protect the natural resources and preserve the scenic character of the river.

Following are public assets provided by the park:

  • Aquasco Farm
  • Cedar Haven Fishing Area
  • Columbia Air Center
  • Clyde Watson Boating Area
  • Jug Bay Natural Area
  • Mount Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park
  • Patuxent River 4-H Building
  • Patuxent River Scenic Trail
  • Water Trail
  • Queen Anne Canoe Launch

The Patuxent River Park offers recreational area to camp, ride bikes, fish, boat, canoe, kayak, and archaeology. The park also includes many historical building and structures to visit. You can also rent canoes and kayaks, facilities for camping and special events and take part in guided educational programs.

For history buffs, there is the Patuxent Rural Life Museums, a collection of late 19th and early 20th century buildings and historic structures dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of Maryland.

Boat Ramps

Three public boat ramps are located on the river specific to Prince George’s County. Parking is limited and some restrictions do apply.

  • Jackson’s Landing
  • Selby’s Landing
  • Clyde Watson Boating Area

Naval Air Station

Patuxent River Naval Air Station was born of an effort to centralize widely dispersed air testing facilities established during the pre-World War II years. It was commissioned in April of 1943 and has since evolved into the “center of excellence for naval aviation.”

Naval Air Station Patuxent River is located 65 miles southeast of Washington, DC on a peninsula that borders the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay, in historic St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Located in the first county of Maryland where some of the first Europeans settled in the United States, the station is gifted with a variety of cultural and historic resources. These range from prehistoric through 19th century archaeological deposits to colonial through World War II architectural resources.

Interesting Facts – Patuxent River, MD

  • Since 2000, the area has had a population growth of 63.76%
  • Commute time averages only 14 minutes
  • The student teacher ratio in Patuxent river is 17.4 (students per teacher)
  • The unemployment rate is 5.20% (U.S. average is 8.60%)
  • Are you interested in relocating to the Patuxent area or looking for a new home in the area? If so, consider one of our wonderful communities!