Late fees resume June 1, 2021. We are here to help. Call us at 301-206-4001


Update: March 23, 2021

Watershed properties remain open, however as of March 15, 2021, permits are required.

All 800 plus Watershed Users that purchased a 2020 Seasonal Watershed Permit prior to the Watershed closing in March 2020 have been sent their complimentary permit or have received instructions on how to generate their permit on-line.

All 2020 Watershed Permit holders that purchased a 2020 Seasonal Boat Mooring Stake prior to last year’s closing were mailed their complimentary Watershed User Permit and their 2021 Boat Mooring Stickers on
March 8.

Complimentary permits cannot be completed online at this time.

Patuxent Watershed staff are reaching out to the watershed users that were unable to obtain a boat stake last year to process their purchase for the 2021 boat mooring stake.  Anyone purchasing a boat mooring stake must complete their purchase at the Brighton Dam Visitor Center with a check or cash only.

All in-person transactions at the Brighton Dam Visitor Center are being done with minimal contact with users directed to stay in their cars.

The cashier’s window at the WSSC headquarters remains closed to the public. 



Interactive Google™ Maps of WSSC Water Recreation Areas are linked to each location title

Location Address Boat
Playground Grills Moors
Handicapped Pier Plant List

Browns Bridge Recreation Area

2220 Ednor Road
Silver Spring, MD 20905


Scott's Cove Recreation Area

10972 Harding Road
Laurel, MD 20723

X X X X X    

Supplee Lane Recreation Area

16904 Supplee Lane 
Laurel, MD 20707

X X   X      

Big Branch Recreation Area

14801 Triadelphia Mill Road
Dayton, MD 21036

X X X X      

Brighton Dam

2 Brighton Dam Road
Brookeville, MD 20833

  X X X      

Greenbridge Recreation Area

2800 Greenbridge Road
Brookeville, MD 20833

X       X    

Pig Tail Recreation Area

5600 Green Bridge Rd
Dayton, MD 21036


Triadelphia Recreation Area

2600 Triadelphia Lake Road
Brookeville, MD 20833



Watershed Permits:

As per WSSC Water Watershed Regulations:

WSSC Water reserves the right to close a portion of, or the entire watershed without prior notice if:

  • water quality is negatively affected,
  • water levels drop to unacceptable levels,
  • the health and safety of the watershed, WSSC’s Water systems, customers, or permitted watershed users are at risk.

At its sole discretion, WSSC Water may change these regulations for any other reason as needed

Please call (301) 206-4386(4FUN) before making any watershed permit purchases to ensure the reservoir that you’d like to use is currently open for recreation.

Last Modified: March 31, 2021, 10:53 am EDT