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Laurel, Md. – November 22, 2021 – For the second year in a row, WSSC Water will keep all eight Patuxent River Watershed Recreation Areas open this winter to promote physical and mental health during the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, the watershed recreation areas close on December 1 and reopen on March 15.

WSSC Water strongly encourages all visitors to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Residents must have a valid permit to enjoy the following outdoor activities in designated areas: 

  • Birdwatching
  • Shoreline fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Picnicking

Season permits for 2021 are valid through December 31, 2021. After January 1, 2022, a new permit will be available for the 2022 season. Permits are also available for daily use. All permits can be purchased online or in person at the Brighton Dam Visitor Center located at 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookville, Maryland 20833.

All eight areas will remain open weather permitting. This extension does not include boating, which will end as scheduled on December 1, 2021, and reopen mid-March 2022. Current boat mooring permit holders need to have a winter mooring permit by November 30, 2021, to keep their boats on the watershed over the winter.

A dredging project at Triadelphia Reservoir is expected to begin later this winter. The work will require the water levels on the reservoir to be lowered and may impact access to the Greenbridge Recreation Area. Project updates will be provided on WSSC Water’s website or by signing up for Customer Connect and selecting Outdoor Recreation.

Watershed users are encouraged to call 301-206-4FUN (4386) or email 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.