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Loch Raven Fishing Center

The Fishing Center is closed for the season and will reopen on April 2.

Manager: Kevin McComas
Assistant Manager: Gage Harms

12101 Dulaney Valley Road
Phoenix, Maryland 21131

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

Launching and Docking Permits

We are now accepting mail-in applications for 2021 permits. In-person applications will not be accepted. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will be issued by mail (including for those patrons who held a seasonal permit in the past). The 2021 season runs from April 2 to October 24.

How to Apply for a Permit

To apply for a permit, follow the instructions below. All vessels including kayaks must be at least 12 feet long in order to apply. 

  • Complete and submit one of the following, per the instructions on the first page of the application. Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Once we receive the completed application and payment, we will mail your 2021 permit in the self-addressed stamped envelope you provide.

Seasons and Hours



April 2 through Labor Day

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

Labor Day through October 24

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

October 25 through April 1



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 January 7, 2021         


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