Montgomery Parks Delays Opening of Lake Needwood and Little Seneca Lake

Lake Needwood for slider 450 x 280 1Montgomery Parks officials announced today that they are delaying the original March 1 opening of Little Seneca Lake in Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park until March 14th for recreational boating, fishing and other uses because of inclement weather conditions.

Boaters with a daily or seasonal boating permit are allowed to use their private boats on the lakes starting March 14 from 6 a.m. until sunset. Seasonal permits may be purchased at the Black Hill Visitor Center or the Needwood Mansion. Daily permit fees can be deposited in the fee boxes at the boat ramps or other launching locations around each lake. Seasonal mooring stakes for private boats are sold at both locations on a first-come, first-served basis. Boat rentals at both lakes will not be available until May 3.

Fishing from private boats at both lakes is permitted beginning on March 14. (Year-round fishing is permitted at both lakes from the shoreline.) All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect at Little Seneca Lake. Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie, are some of the fish species found in both lakes.

For information about fishing licenses, contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1.855.855.3906 (7 days a week, 7am – 7pm), or visit and use their new “COMPASS” Online Licensing and Registration System.

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