Prettyboy Reservoir CWMA

easternturkey_nwtf.jpgPrettyboy Reservoir is located primarily in northwestern Baltimore County with a small portion extending into northeastern Carroll County. The 7,380-acre tract is owned by the City of Baltimore and is managed to protect the Reservoir.

What To See

Prettyboy CWMA provides habitat for upland and forest wildlife species primarily white-tailed deer, wild turkey, rabbit, squirrel, and songbirds.

What To Do

The area is open to archery hunting for all game species (except waterfowl) during the regulated hunting season established by the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service. Hunters are required to have a permit to access the area. Throughout the year, this area is open to hiking, bird watching, and nature photography.

Area Regulations

  • Prettyboy CWMA is open to public archery hunting (except waterfowl) with a permit during the state established seasons.
  • Click here for the online Archery Hunting Permit for the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy Reservoirs
  • No hunting is allowed within fifty feet of high water shoreline.
  • No hunting is allowed southeast of Prettyboy Dam Road.
  • Hunters must adhere to all regulations established by the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works.
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed except on hard-surfaced roads.
  • No fires are permitted on the watershed at any time.
  • Horseback riding is permitted on fire roads when conditions are not wet or muddy.
  • Public parking is available along numerous roads throughout watershed property, unless otherwise designated as a no parking zone.
  • Hunting is permitted only from sunrise to sunset.
  • Non-Hunting Users

  • Prettyboy CWMA is open to hiking, horseback riding, nature photography, and bird watching.
  • Site Management Practices

  • Prettyboy CWMA is primarily forested land surrounding the Reservoir. Management of Prettyboy CWMA is intended to protect the Reservoir.
  • Maryland map showing approximate location of Prettyboy CWMADirections

    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 information or seasonal permits, contact the Gwynnbrook Wildlife and Heritage Service Office at 410-356-9272.

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    Acknowledgement: Photograph of Eastern Turkeys, Courtesy of Maslowski and the National Wild Turkey Federation

    This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.

    Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.

    Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.​