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Loch Raven Fishing Center


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View a map of the Loch Raven Fishing Center, located on the shores of 2,400-acre Loch Raven Reservoir and offering an assortment of services and goods for anglers, canoeists and boating enthusiasts, including:

  • Boat rentals
  • Fishing tackle and live bait for a variety of fish, including large and small mouth bass, yellow perch and northern pike
  • Snacks and sundries

Launching and Docking Permits

All Launching and Docking Permits for kayak and canoes are sold out at this time. We still have launching permits available.

All 2023 permits will be issued by mail including for those patrons who held a seasonal permit in the past. Permits will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Instructions for Obtaining a Permit

On January 16 we will begin accepting mail-in applications for 2023 permits. The 2023 season runs from April 7 to October 29.

  • Complete one of the following per the instructions on the first page of the document:
  • The cost for a Launching Permit is $75, and if you would like to store your vessel at the center the Docking and Launching Permit is $150.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • All vessels including kayaks must be at least 12 feet long.
  • Once we receive the completed application and fee we will mail your permit in the self-addressed stamped envelope you provide.
  • Walk-ins not accepted.

Seasons and Hours



April 7 through Labor Day

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

Labor Day through last Sunday in October

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

After seasonal close through April 1


Rental Rates

All rental rates are per day and subject to applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.

Each motor rental comes with one battery that is fully charged prior to rental. Each battery will give approximately two to three hours of high-speed running with the standard motors.

The occupant capacity for boats is three passengers.

Type of Rental Cost Description
Standard Boat $35
  • 14-foot Jon boat
  • 30-pound, thrust electric motor
  • One battery
  • Oars
  • Anchor
  • Life jackets
Premium Boat


  • 14-foot Jon boat
  • Two swivel seats
  • Carpet
  • 50-pound thrust electric motor
  • Two batteries
  • Oars
  • Anchor
  • Life jackets
Rowboat Rental 


  • Boat
  • Oars
  • Life jackets
(Available May through October)


  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
Extra Battery



Senior Special

Every Wednesday, the first 20 patrons over 62 years of age receive a free boat rental (motor extra).


All boats and kayaks must be returned and checked-in by posted time. Failure to return by the posted time will result in a $10 fine.

Rules and Regulations

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.

Learn More

The Fishing Center is operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks in cooperation with:

  • Baltimore City Bureau of Water and Wastewater
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police
  • Baltimore City Watershed Police
  • Baltimore County Police Department

Learn more about recreational activities in other areas of the reservoir property.

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