WSSC Water: Relax and Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Maryland’s Largest Water Utility Keeps Watershed Recreation Areas Open in Winter Months to Help Alleviate Stress Caused by Covid-19

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No Permit Required but Visitors Must Follow State and Local Social Gathering Guidelines

Laurel, Md. – November 25, 2020 –Providing families with outdoor recreation options to help alleviate stress caused by Covid-19, and foster improved physical and mental health, WSSC Water today announced it will keep all watershed recreation areas open for the winter season. Typically, the watershed recreation areas close on December 1 and reopen on March 15. All eight recreational areas will remain open throughout the winter, weather permitting.

WSSC Water strongly encourages all visitors to follow CDC guidelines. Since the recreation areas span several Maryland counties, visitors must adhere to all state and local social gathering guidelines.

Residents will not need to purchase a permit to enjoy the following outdoor activities in designated areas:

  • Birdwatching
  • Shoreline fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Organized athletic activities
  • Picnicking

This extension does not include boating. The watershed boating season will end as scheduled on December 1, 2020 and will resume in mid-March 2021.

Watershed users are encouraged to call 301-206-4FUN (4386) for daily updates or weather-related issues. To learn more about WSSC Water and watershed recreation area regulations, please visit

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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