Opening of Boating Season at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs

Press Release

Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., today announced that Boating Season at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs will begin on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Boating season at these two reservoirs runs through December 31, 2017, weather permitting.

Boating season at Loch Raven Reservoir is from April 7, 2017 to October 29, 2017. Boating at all three City reservoirs requires a valid boating permit.

For information on permits, and on reservoir rules and regulations, please call DPW Natural Resources at 410-795-6150, or email [email protected].  For boating information, as well as watercraft permit applications at Loch Raven Reservoir, please contact the Loch Raven Fishing Center at 410-887-7692, or email [email protected].

REMINDER: Please act responsibly to stop the introduction of destructive zebra mussels into Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs.

  • If you boat at our reservoirs, you may NOT use your watercraft in any other bodies of water except the three City reservoirs. Due to the potential for zebra mussel contamination, boaters on Liberty, Loch Raven and/or Prettyboy Reservoirs must sign an affidavit stating that their boat will be used only on these reservoirs.
  • Only use aquatic bait purchased from a MDNR-certified, zebra mussel-free bait store. Do NOT use live aquatic bait that you have caught yourself. Do NOT transfer bait water from one body of water to another.
  • NEVER release wildlife of any sort, land or aquatic, at our reservoirs.

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