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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Loch Raven Fishing Center

The Fishing Center will begin full operation on Friday, May 15 at 6 a.m. Due to COVID-19 precautions, anyone entering the buildings must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. 

Manager: Kevin McComas
Assistant Manager: Gage Harms

12101 Dulaney Valley Road
Phoenix, Maryland 21131

Phone: 410-887-7692 TDD and Deaf: 410-887-5319

2020 Permits are sold out. Information on obtaining a permit for the 2021 season will be posted in January. You may still visit the center and rent a boat or kayak to enjoy fishing on the reservoir. 

Seasons and Hours



April 3 through Labor Day

Open daily at 6 a.m.
Closing time posted daily at the Center.

Labor Day through October 25

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

October 26 through April 2



The Loch Raven Fishing Center, located on the shores of Loch Raven Reservoir, offers an assortment of services for anglers, canoeists, boating enthusiasts and folks who just want to get away for the day.

  • Bait your fishing rod and test your skills against a variety of fish including large and small mouth bass, yellow perch and northern pike.
  • Rent a boat and enjoy a relaxing day on the 2,400 acre reservoir.
  • The fishing center provides numerous services, offering boat rentals, fishing tackle, live bait, snacks and sundries to make your visit an enjoyable one.

Rules and Regulations

For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit the Regulations Governing Boating page.

  • Fishing licenses are no longer sold at the center, however, you still need a Maryland Non-Tidal Fishing License if you are over 16 years of age. 
  • Seasonal permits only apply to privately-owned vessels.
  • A United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (provided) must be in the boat for each passenger.
  • No vessels are allowed below the Number One Bridge on Loch Raven Drive or above the Paper Mill Bridge at the north end of the reservoir. Any violation of these boundaries will result in loss of your seasonal permit and boating privilege.
  • Occupant capacity for a rental boat is three passengers regardless of age or size.
  • All boats and kayaks must be checked-in by posted time. Failure to return by the posted time will result in a $10 fine.
  • Swimming is not permitted in the reservoir.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on watershed property.

Please note that in an effort to provide ready boating access to Loch Raven Reservoir, we must limit the parking and activities at the fishing center to that of its patrons. Therefore no picnicking, shoreline fishing or other "non-fishing center" related activities are permitted on the shore. Those wishing to pursue other recreational activities in and around the reservoir property are encouraged to park on Loch Raven Drive near Morgan Mill and Providence Roads for dawn to dusk parking being sure to adhere to all posted parking regulations.

For more information regarding recreational activities in other areas of the reservoir property please contact the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

Revised August 5, 2020         


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