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Middle Patuxent Overview

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The Middle Patuxent River delayed harvest area runs for 2 miles downstream through Gorman Park from US 29 to the bridge that supports Murray Hill Road approximately a mile east of I-95. On the other side of I-95, it continues to bubble downstream to merge with the Little Patuxent River just east of the town of Savage.

There are three primary access points to the river. Starting from the west, pull off on Old Columbia Road and follow it to the river crossing. There is a limited amount of parking near the river. The second is at the end of Kindler Road in the heart of Gorman Park. While the map shows the road going all the way to the river, it is gated a quarter mile from the river. This is your best bet and easiest access point to use. The last, and worst, access is off Murray Hill Road where you must park on the narrow shoulder.  The boundary of the public area is clearly marked by prominent “No Trespassing” signs on the downstream side of Murray Hill Road.

 Despite the fact that it is in the center of a heavily populated area with major roads within a short distance on four sides, it is easy to feel isolated as you walk along the high riverbanks. You can see houses in the distance on the northern bank, but the southern bank runs mostly through a heavily wooded area. Those trees are key to trout survival while they are in the water. They throw a considerable amount of shade and serve to keep the temperature down. Unfortunately, the trout disappear quickly at the conclusion of the stocking season when the water warms up. Thankfully, there are a few bass mixed in that normally inhabit the deeper pools to provide fun throughout the summer.

While there are exceptions to every broad statement, the river itself is generally unremarkable as it drifts lazily downstream with very little change in elevation. It has a mixture of rock, gravel and sand with sand being constant near the Kindler Road access point while rocks predominate on the eastern end near Murray Hill Road where the terrain tightens and compresses the river between high ridges. Do not be discouraged by its narrow presentation at either end since the river spreads out to over 40 feet in width near Kindler. Each bend in the river usually holds a larger pool that provides the best shelter for the huddled fish. In fact, the best tactic is to ignore the shallow runs that connect the bends and focus on the bends themselves unless you encounter a pool in the middle.

In the past, the river has been float-stocked by the Potomac – Patuxent chapter of Trout Unlimited. Hopefully, that will continue into the future since it is the only way the fish will be evenly distributed across the two-mile length of river.

Access Points:

Old Columbia Road: 39.168177,-76.883233

Kindler Road: 39.161988,-76.879027

Murray Hill Road:39.159925,-76.852291

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The lower end near Murray Hill features steep ridgelines and  deep pools

Murray Hill bridge – park on the shoulder to the right

Upper end at Old Columbia Road… almost parklike

Most of the river runs flat and slow across sand at Kindler

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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