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Lake Roland

Hours: The park is open sunrise to sunset daily. Sunset time is posted and gates are locked at sunset.

Park Ranger II: Shannon Davis
Park Ranger I: Jonathon Wood
Park Ranger I: Elizabeth Kadow

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nature Center Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1000 Lakeside Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

Phone: 410-887-4156 T.D.D./Deaf: 410-887-5319


Lake Roland Nature Center.
Lake Roland Nature Center

The over 500 acre park, leased to Baltimore County, is a multi-faceted facility with numerous trails, nature and environmental programs, a dog park, pavilions, and waterfront activities, such as canoeing and kayaking for all to enjoy. It offers the opportunity for users to enjoy the rare plant life that exists only in the serpentine barrens.

The Lake Roland Nature Center opened to the public on October 26, 2016. The center provides year-round educational programming and special events.

The County works in partnership with the Lake Roland Nature Council. Both groups are working cooperatively to insure that the park continues to address the needs of both the community and all users of the park.

Special Amenities and Programs


Lake Roland offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year for youth and adults. Get detailed information from the Lake Roland Nature Council website.

Featured Events

  • Bird Extravaganza
  • Camp Outs
  • Earth Day Clean-Up
  • Flashlight Egg Hunt
  • Haunted Halloween Hike
  • Native Plant Sale
  • Nature Quest
  • Pioneer Days
  • Zombie Horde Scavenger Hunt


Programs are provided for the public to enjoy the seasonal changes and abundant wildlife in this unspoiled setting on the Chesapeake Bay. Hands-on environmental education programs for schools and scout groups are offered on a variety of topics. Please contact the nature center for more information.

  • After-School Programs
  • Art on the Trail
  • Canoeing Excursions
  • Friday Strolls
  • Habitat Trail Team
  • Nature Book Club
  • Nature Scouts
  • Yoga in the Park

Paw Point Dog Park

Paw Point is a fenced, one acre off leash dog park which is located within Lake Roland. The dog park is equipped with benches and bag dispensers for cleaning up dog waste. Membership allows two licensed and vaccinated dogs entry to the facility. More information about the dog park and membership forms can be found by visiting Paw Point. Patrons are reminded that when their dogs are not in the fenced in area of the dog park they must remain on a leash.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are allowed at Lake Roland. A permit is not required. All boaters must wear a life preserver at all times while on the water and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that trailers and sailboats are not allowed. Visitors boat at their own risk.


Lake Roland has two pavilions. Pavilion 1 is located at the top of the hill and Pavilion 2 overlooks the dam. The pavilions are first come, first served for families (groups under 12 persons) only if they are not reserved. For groups over 12 persons and for organizations a permit is required. Please send an email with your name, mailing address, phone, date you are requesting, times of your event, type of event, number of guests (limited to 60) and the pavilion you are interested in reserving. Please send the information to The park office will contact you with availability, answer additional questions and send out the permit. All pavilion requests must be received in writing.


Revised October 27, 2016        

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