Recreational Activities

There are an abundance of things to do in and around the properties owned and operated by WSSC. From fishing to horseback riding, boating, picnicking, and hunting, you can always find some activity that will interest you.

In addition, we have a beautiful azalea garden located right next to Brighton Dam at 2 Brighton Dam Rd, Brookeville. There are over 20,000 varied and vibrantly colored azalea plants! The garden is open from mid-April to mid-May.

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Brighton Dam Greenbridge Brighton-Dam Azalea


fishing WSSC has 11 designated shore fishing areas. You need a state fishing license and a WSSC Watershed Permit to fish. You can also fish by boat, but your boat must have a state of Maryland boating license. Most likely, you will catch either a striped, largemouth or smallmouth bass, a great northern pike, perch, chain pickerel or a carp. There's even an annual fishing contest for the biggest fish caught in the reservoirs. Bring in your catch to the visitor's cabin at Brighton Dam to be weighed and recorded. The contest runs from March 1 to December 15. Remember - to fish in any of the WSSC areas you will need a WSSC Watershed Use Permit and a state fishing license if you are 16 years or older.



If boating is your 'thing', there is plenty of room for that on the two reservoirs, with over 1,800 acres of water surface! Only battery-powered motors, paddles, oars or sails are allowed on the reservoir (NO gas motors!). There are seven boat ramps and three mooring areas, if you'd like to leave your boat at the reservoir. Again, a valid Watershed Use Permit is required, and an application needs to be filled out to request a mooring site. There is a cost for the mooring site. Call 301-774-9124 for more information.


Picnicking There's nothing like a good outing to wind down a busy day, or enjoy the freedom of the weekend! WSSC provides five picnic areas complete with playgrounds, bathrooms (latrines), tables and charcoal fireplaces. Best of all, these facilities are FREE!! First come, First served. WSSC also rents its Brighton Dam gazebo for special occasions. Call 301-774-9124 for more information.


Restrictions on hunting season, species, bag limit and manner of hunting correspond with the State of Maryland, except described in the WSSC Watershed Regulations.  

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