The Patuxent Challenge

​The Patuxent River is the largest river completely within Maryland: 115 miles long, a watershed of over 900 square miles. It was designated one of Maryland’s most scenic rivers in 1968 and is full of history, culture, and natural beauty. Seven counties lie within the watershed and offer a diversity of outdoor activities. By completing this challenge, you will experience a different Patuxent River with each activity as it changes from its headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Patuxent River ParkBrowns Bridge Recreation Area 

Jefferson Patterson Park & MuseumKings Landing 

Riverfront Park, LaurelScotts Cove Recreation AreaSupplee Recreation Area 

​The Challenge

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

Share your adventures on social media using the hashtag, #PatuxentChallenge.

Prizes 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.

Go to the Sites and Activities page for locations.

About the Patuxent Challenge

The Patuxent Challenge is an initiative by the Tourism Workgroup of the Patuxent River Commission. The Tourism Workgroup was established to maintain, create, and encourage opportunities for river-related economic activities and encourage public access and recreational opportunities to the river and tributaries throughout the Patuxent River watershed. 

Patuxent Challenge Partners



  Patuxent River State Park

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.

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