WSSC Launches Winter Pilot Program at Triadelphia Reservoir

For the first time equestrian enthusiasts and hikers will enjoy the trail year-round

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Laurel – December 1, 2014: WSSC announced a winter Pilot Program that will, for the first time, open the Triadelphia Access Road along the Triadelphia Reservoir for multipurpose use during the winter months. Effective today, horseback riders, birdwatchers and hikers will be able to enjoy year-round use of the Access Road through the winter as well as spring, summer and fall seasons.

The one-year Pilot Program will open the 4.5 mile Triadelphia Access Road that traces the southern boundary of the reservoir in Montgomery County. A new parking lot located on Triadelphia Lake Road will be the only entrance to the Access Road during the winter. The newly constructed lot provides ample parking space for six to eight horse trailers. Once the reservoir reopens to all visitors on March 15, the upper parking lot at Green Bridge will be open to horse trailers as well, providing entrance to the Access Road from both ends. There will be no other trail entrances between Triadelphia Lake Road and Green Bridge Recreational Areas.

The Pilot Program applies to land activities on the Access Road only. All other areas of the reservoir will close for the 2014 season on November 30. All fishing or boating activities will resume on March 15, 2015 for the new season.

WSSC will enforce its same watershed use regulations on the Access Road.

  • Anyone 16 years or older must possess a valid WSSC Watershed Use Permit.
  • Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age and hold a valid Use Permit.
  • All horseback riders must wear a helmet.
  • No animal waste can be left on parking lots or roadways.
  • Season and day permits are valid for use of the Access Road.
    • 2014 season permits are valid thru March 14, 2015
    • 2015 season permits are required starting March 15, 2015
  • Season and day permits can be purchased online or in person at:
    • Richard G. Hocevar Building Cashier’s Window
    • Brighton Dam Visitor’s Information Cabin
  • 2015 season permits can be purchased beginning February 1, 2015.

Horseback riding, bird watching and hiking are allowed on the Access Road only. The creation of or use of side trails will not be permitted. Riders, birdwatchers and hikers will need to strictly adhere to the “Stay on Trail” signs visibly posted along the Access Road.

The trail will be closed to horseback riding in wet weather and when the trail is wet and muddy to protect the watershed from erosion. Daily open/closed updates will be available by calling 301-206-4FUN. Access Road trail map and complete rules and regulations are available online under the Education and Recreation section of our site.

The Access Road will be open daily from sunrise to sunset. On days when managed hunts occur on Triadelphia Reservoir, the entire reservoir including the Access Road will be closed until 1 p.m. 
Hunts are currently scheduled for:

  • December 3, 17, 29, 30
  • January 5, 9, 2015

The pilot program is consistent with recommendations in a 2012 study performed by EA Engineers on behalf of WSSC and several months of working with the local community and equestrian enthusiasts. The study determined that Triadelphia Access Road only has a small amount of highly erodible soil (HES) allowing WSSC to provide public access to the road. The program will be re-evaluated based on erosion and environmental impact on the Access Road and the reservoir prior to next winter season

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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