Watershed Permits Available Online or In Person by Appointment

Laurel, Md. – March 12, 2021 – Tired of being stuck in the house? Warmer weather has arrived and WSSC Water’s 4,000-acre Patuxent watershed offers tons of outdoor fun to help crush your cabin fever. Just don’t forget to get your permit. Starting Monday, March 15, visitors to WSSC Water’s eight recreational areas and reservoirs will need a permit to enjoy boating, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and picnicking.

All visitors 16 years or older must have a valid permit, which can be purchased online at wsscwater.com/watershed or in person at the Brighton Dam Visitor Center, located at 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookville, Maryland 20833. Visitors wishing to purchase a permit or boat mooring stake in person are asked to call 301-206-4FUN for an appointment to help minimize visitor wait time and reduce the number of people in close proximity.

The 2021 season opens following almost a full year of complimentary access to the watershed’s outdoor recreation areas to provide families a reprieve from being indoors during the state and county stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidance.

Complimentary permits are available for visitors 65 years of age or older, active military and disabled veterans. Watershed users who purchased their 2020 permits prior to WSSC Water closing the watershed due to Covid-19 will receive complimentary 2021 permits.

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.



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.