The 1,600 acre Loch Raven Reservoir CWMA is owned by the City of Baltimore and is managed to protect the reservoir. The area is open to hiking, rowing or paddle boating, bird watching, horseback riding and nature photography year-round, and for archery hunting during a regulated season. The reservoir is also managed for warm, cool, and cold water fish species and offers fishing opportunities.
Loch Raven Reservoir is located in central Baltimore County, north of Baltimore City. The 23 billion US gallon capacity reservoir provides drinking water for the City of Baltimore and is fed by the Big Gunpowder Falls. The Loch Raven dam, creating a modern large reservoir lake, was constructed in 1914, submerging the town of Warren.
The Baltimore Environmental Police safeguard the Baltimore Region’s water supply by protecting the natural resources. In addition, Environmental Police also provide law enforcement services and provide for public safety on all Baltimore City Water Supply Lands and Reservoirs.
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Loch Raven Reservoir CWMA hunting access is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The mission of the Wildlife and Heritage Service is to conserve and enhance diverse wildlife populations and associated habitats while providing for public enjoyment of the State’s wildlife resources through hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation. Loch Raven Reservoir CWMA provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species, primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, and songbirds.
Unless otherwise posted or with a permit issued by the Service or the City of Baltimore it is UNLAWFUL to:
A free permit is required and available in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or online. Hunting is available for deer archery only in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Loch Raven Reservoir CWMA is open year-round to non-hunters. No permit or reservation is needed. Be aware of active hunting seasons. The property is open for the following activities:
For a complete guide to reservoir regulations click here.
To contact the reservoirs directly for non-hunting questions or for boating permits click here.
Loch Raven Reservoir is located primarily in central Baltimore County, north of Baltimore City. Numerous public roads provide access points to this area. For additional hunting information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.
Belted kingfisher, photo by Scott Moody
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)