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Laurel, Md. – March 15, 2024 – Today, Friday, March 15, is opening day for WSSC Water's 2024 Patuxent Watershed season. All recreation areas opened at sunrise for all permitted activities, including boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking.   

The watershed spans over 6,000 acres along its two reservoirs, Triadelphia and T. Howard Duckett, in Montgomery, Prince George's and Howard counties. The reservoirs serve as drinking water sources for WSSC Water.  

Visitors are encouraged to download the WSSC WATERshed app to help plan visits and explore all recreation areas. The app includes interactive maps and pictures to help find amenities like shoreline fishing and picnic areas, playgrounds, boat launches and bathrooms. Maps are also available to download to your phone for use when cellular service is weak or unavailable. The free app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play

All watershed visitors who are 16 years or older must have a valid permit, which can be purchased online at or in person at the Brighton Dam Visitor Center, 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookville, Maryland 20833. The Visitor Center is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends. To reach staff at the center, please call 301-206-7485. Complimentary permits are available for visitors 65 or older, active military and disabled veterans.  

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.