Watershed Recreation User Program

Update -  December 1, 2020 

Watershed is Open/Will Remain Open 

However, there is NO BOATING

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.

Watershed users are encouraged to call 301-206-4FUN (4386) for daily updates or weather-related issues.

Beginning March 15, 2021 Watershed Use and Boat Mooring Stake permits will be required.

If you are interested in a boat mooring stake for 2021 and do not have a 2020 season sticker, please email WatershedRec@wsscwater.com or call the Brighton Dam Visitor Center at (301) 206-7485.

Las áreas de recreación de WSSC Water están abiertas/Permanecerán abiertas 

Sin embargo, no se permiten los barcos o lanchas. 

WSSC Water le recomienda a todo visitante de seguir las normas y guías de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en ingles). Ya que las áreas atraviesan varios condados del estado se Maryland, visitantes deben seguir las normas y guías y mantener su grupo al numero de personas permitidas por el estado y cada condado. 

Se le recomienda llamar al (301)-206-4386 para informes diarios del clima. 

Comenzando el 15 de marzo de 2021, se requerirá un permiso para usar y amarrar su barco o lancha. Si le interesa una estaca para amarrar su barco o lancha para la temporada de 2021 y no tiene su permiso o calcomanía del 2020 por favor mande un email a WatershedRec@wsscwater.com o llame al centro de visitantes de la presa Brighton al (301) 206-7485.
















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

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

WSSC Water’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 Water 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 Water​ Headquarters - 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707
    • 7:30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday. 
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