Charles County, Maryland

Purse (Part of Nanjemoy WMA)

Purse (Part of Nanjemoy WMA)

Purse (Part of Nanjemoy WMA) is located on the Potomac River on Wades Bay. Purse is a wooded undeveloped area that is used for hunting, bird watching, shore fishing and fossil hunting.

Days/Hours of Operation: Available for public use year round, sunrise to sunset.

Parking is located off of Maryland Route 224 across from a 3/4 mile trail leading to the waterfront.

Purse is a part of the Aquia Formation which formed in the Paleocene Epoch about 60 million years ago when a gigantic meteor hit the earth. This area was covered with warm shallow water which made it a suitable habitat for sand tiger sharks, mackerel sharks, Turritella (snails) and Eagle Rays more specifically Cownose Rays which all lived during this time period.


MD Rte 224
Nanjemoy, MD 20662
(301) 743-5161