What is the #PatuxentChallenge?

The #PatuxentChallenge is a fun way for families and individuals to explore the Patuxent River. Activities include hiking, kayaking, fishing, historic sites, and picnicking 

When: Throughout the year.

Where: Seven counties, and the city of Laurel that make up the Patuxent Watershed challenge the public to engage in activities to explore, learn about, and enjoy the Patuxent River. 

How: Participate in a variety of outdoor activities throughout the Patuxent River watershed. Document your participation by taking a selfie with each activity’s Patuxent Challenge sign. Prizes of different levels are awarded to participants who complete 5, 10, or 15 activities within the calendar year. To receive your prize, email your selfie pics with each activity sign  along with your name and mailing address to PatuxentChallenge@gmail.com.

Share: Post photos of your adventures on social media using the hashtag, #PatuxentChallenge.

Prizes: These will be shipped 4-6 weeks after submission is received. All submissions must be received before January 31st of the following year. One set of prize(s) per address.

Visit the Patuxent Challenge website (external link) for for Sites and Activities.

Take the #PatuxentChallenge in Calvert County

Fish @ Kings Landing Park (Activity #10)

3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown MD 20639 SIGN LOCATION: Fishing Pier

Cast your line from the fishing pier to catch the big one. Common species include blue and channel catfish, white and yellow perch, northern snakehead, and largemouth bass. Persons 16 or older are required to have a valid Maryland Chesapeake Bay & Coastal Sport Fishing License. There is no admission fee. Park is open daily 9:00AM to 8:00PM Memorial Day to Labor Day. 410-535-2661 King's Landing Park Page

Hike @ Jefferson Patterson Park And Museum (Activity #12)

10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685 SIGN LOCATION: Along Village Trail

This ADA-accessible trail begins across from the Pavilion and takes visitors to the replica Indian Village. Along the way, interpretive signs talk about the changes in the environment and landscape in the past 400 years, as well as the Eastern Woodland Indian culture of past, present, and future. Open all year from 7:30AM until dusk except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. 410-586-8501 Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Website (external link)

Paddle @ Lower Marlboro Wharf (Activity #15)

3955 Lower Marlboro Road, Owings MD 20736 SIGN LOCATION: Wharf. Bring your own canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard to explore the middle Patuxent and this brackish water estuary; launch is from a floating dock on the Patuxent. Limited parking, no facilities, no admission fee. Park is open daily, dawn to dusk. 410-535-5327 Water Access page.

Use of #PatuxentChallenge on social media sites is intended exclusively to promote and share recreational enjoyment of the Patuxent River. When utilizing #PatuxentChallenge, please refrain from posting: (1) content that is unlawful, profane, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to others; or (2) third party commercial advertising or promotion. Views and opinions expressed while utilizing #PatuxentChallenge do not necessarily represent those of the Patuxent River Commission or other sponsors.

Other Things to Do & See While in Calvert County

Water Access & Local Amenities Mobile Map: A mobile friendly map will help paddlers, anglers, and others who enjoy the water discover other amenities found around the different water access locations. This includes restaurants, accommodations, heritage sites and other sites to continue the exploration of Calvert County .