Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Weekend Canoe and Kayak rentals are currently available.

Come explore the Patuxent River by canoe or kayak at Jug Bay! Patuxent River Park offers canoe and kayak rentals April through October at Jug Bay Natural Area. Rentals begin at 9 am and all boats must be returned by 3 pm. Overnight canoe and kayak rentals are not currently available. Online reservations with designated launch times are required. Reservations cannot be made within 24 hours of rental date. To check in, renters must call the visitors center at 301-627-6074 upon arrival.


Rental Requirements & Details

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to reserve a canoe or kayak
  • Persons 17 and under must have an adult (18 or older) on the water with them at all times
  • Kayakers must be 12 or older
  • Renters must have a driver's license or government-issued identification with birth date verification
  • A Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) is provided to all boaters and must be worn at all times while on the water
  • Renters are encouraged to create a float plan (PDF) and share with an emergency contact who is not a part of the trip.
  • Additional fees will apply to the following: late returns, lost and/or damaged equipment, or rental agreement violations
Daily Rentals Cost
Residents $20/Kayak; $25/Tandem Kayak or Canoe
Non-Residents $26/Kayak; $33/Tandem Kayak or Canoe
Overnight Rentals Cost
Residents $25/Kayak; $30/Tandem Kayak or Canoe
Non-Residents $33/Kayak; $39/Tandem Kayak or Canoe

The Patuxent Water Trail offers paddlers access to much of the river to camp along its banks and visit its numerous parks, historic sites, sanctuaries, and wildlife areas. Upriver paddle access begins at Governor Bridge Natural Area (#58). For more detailed information, please visit the website.