The 7,380-acre Prettyboy 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. Prettyboy Reservoir is located primarily in northwestern Baltimore County with a small portion extending into northeastern Carroll County.
The water from Prettyboy Reservoir is transferred to Loch Raven Reservoir via Gunpowder Falls rather than directly to Baltimore. It is then transferred via tunnel from Loch Raven to the Montebello Filtration Plants in Baltimore for treatment and distribution. Prettyboy Dam, completed in 1932, impounds the Gunpowder Falls to create the Reservoir.
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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Prettyboy 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. Prettyboy 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:
Public hunting on Prettyboy Reservoir CWMA is permitted during legal hunting seasons with restrictions (see below). A free permit is required and available in the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping or online. Hunting is available for all game except waterfowl in accordance with current hunting laws and regulations established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Prettyboy 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.
Prettyboy Reservoir is located primarily in northwestern Baltimore County with a small portion extending into northeastern Carroll County. 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.
Acknowledgement: Photograph of Eastern Turkeys, Courtesy of Maslowski and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)