Watershed Recreational User Program

Triadelphia (Brighton Dam) and Rocky Gorge (T. Howard Duckett Dam) Reservoirs are surrounded by 6,000 acres of wooded property that comprise the WSSC owned portion of the Patuxent Reservoirs Watershed.

The two reservoirs collect water draining off 132 square miles and can store over 11billion gallons of water. This water serves as the drinking water for 1/3 of WSSC’s 1.8 million customers.

WSSC’s watershed recreation program allows visitors access to 6 watershed recreation areas which include picnic facilities and over 16 miles of shoreline fishing and interior recreation trails. All users must purchase a permit to enter and use the facilities.

To learn more about permitted activities review the Watershed Regulations and Watershed Regulations FAQs. The watershed recreation user program is coordinated and supervised by members of the WSSC Production Team’s System Control Group. Assigned staff oversee the management of the forested properties, maintenance of trails and roads, regulation of the sale and issuance of user permits and communication with recreation users.

Information regarding the program can be obtained by contacting the Brighton Dam Visitor’s Center at telephone number (301) 206-7485.

Watershed Use Permits can be purchased at the following locations

  • Online
  • Brighton Dam Visitor Center - 2 Brighton Dam Road, Brookville, Maryland 20833
    • 7am - 8pm - March 15 to November 30, including weekends       
    • 7am – 4:30pm - Dec. 1 to March 14.     
    • The Brighton Dam Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 
  • WSSC Headquarters - 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707
    • 7:30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

Watershed Recreation Area Map and Directions

Brighton Dam Azalea Garden

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