Watershed Recreation User Program

Attention Boaters:

Due to the low water level at Triadelphia Reservoir, Pig Tail boat ramp is open to kayaks only. 
Please consider using alternative boat ramps on Triadelphia Reservoir or T. Howard Duckett Reservoir.

Update -  November 25, 2020 

Providing families with outdoor recreation options to help alleviate stress caused by Covid-19, and foster improved physical and mental health, WSSC Water today announced it will keep all watershed recreation areas open for the winter season. Typically, the watershed recreation areas close on December 1 and reopen on March 15. All eight recreational areas will remain open throughout the winter, weather permitting.

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.

Residents will not need to purchase a permit to enjoy the following outdoor activities in designated areas:

  • Birdwatching
  • Shoreline fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Organized athletic activities
  • Picnicking

This extension does not include boating. The watershed boating season will end as scheduled on December 1, 2020 and will resume in mid-March 2021.

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


WSSC Water anuncio que mantendrá las áreas de recreación de las presas T. Howard Duckett y Triadelphia abiertas durante el invierno para ofrecer diferentes opciones para que familias puedan aliviar el estrés causado por la pandemia y ayudar la salud física y mental. Típicamente estas áreas se cierran el 1ro de diciembre y se reabre el 15 de marzo. Todas las ocho áreas de recreación permanecerán abiertas durante el invierno, ya que el clima lo permita.


Visitantes deben seguir las guías de los centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades o CDC. Ya que estas áreas atraviesan varios condados del estado de Maryland, se le requiere seguir las guías de salud locales y del estado de Maryland.


No es necesario comprar un permiso para disfrutar de las siguientes actividades en las áreas designadas:

  • Ornitología
  • Pesca desde la orilla de la presa
  • Excursionismo
  • Montar a caballo
  • Actividades atléticas
  • Picnic

Esta extensión no incluye el uso de lanchas o chalupas. La temporada de uso de lanchas o chalupas termina el 1ro de diciembre de 2020 y reasumirá el 15 de marzo de 2021.

Para información actualizada y cuestiones del clima llame al 301-206-4FUN (4386).
















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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