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Black Hill Boats

Black Hill Regional Park
20920 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
Boathouse: 301-528-3466
Boathouse Manager: 301-563-7524
Visitor Center: 301-528-3480

Little Seneca Lake, home to Black Hill BoatsExperience Little Seneca Lake by boat! Rent a kayak, canoe or rowboat at the Boathouse, or get on board the "Kingfisher" pontoon boat for a tour of the lake. Enjoy the beautiful 505-acre lake as well as the wildlife that make the lake their home.

Private boats may access the lake with valid permits. Fishing is allowed on Little Seneca Lake. See"Fishing" below for all the details. During the summer season, bottled water is available for sale at the Boathouse.

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Black Hill Boat Rentals
Pontoon Tours
Private Boats at Little Seneca Lake
Black Hill Water Trail

Save or print out a 2016 Montgomery Parks Boating Brochure with information on hours, boat rental prices, and more at both Black Hill Boats at Little Seneca Lake and Lake Needwood Boats at Lake Needwood.

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Mooring Sites, Seasonal and Daily Permits now available online!

Visit to purchase your 2016 Moorning Site, Seaonal Boating Permits, and Daily Boating Permits.

Kids Fishing Days

Get in on the fishy fun! Free cane pole to the first 25 kids registered, and prizes for the boys and girls who catch the biggest, smallest, and greatest number of fish.  We'll teach the kids how to bait a hook with worms, put their line in the water, and pull those fish in. We'll also talk about the kinds of fish that swim in this lake, what they like to eat, and the best way to catch them. You'll receive an email if you are one of the first 25 registrants, otherwise bring your pole!

Black Hill Boats
17275              3-15yrs            1 Class $12      6/25    Saturday        8:30am-10:30am Register Online at

Lake Needwood Boats
17276              3-15yrs            1 Class $12      6/11    Saturday        8:30am-10:30am Register Online at

Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2477 (Voice), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or to request a disability modification. Visit for more information.

Black Hill Boat Rentals: 2016 Season

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Boat Rental Fees

April 30 -
MAY 29

Open Saturdays
and Sundays

6:30 am - 6:00 pm

7:00 pm
$11.50 per hour
for any boat
(kayak, rowboat or canoe and paddle boards); includes tax

$40.00 for
a full day
for any boat
(includes tax)

MAY 30 -


Closed (except for Memorial Day and
Labor Day holidays -- open)

Tuesday - Fridays
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
7:00 pm
Sundays & Holidays
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 pm


Open Saturdays
and Sundays
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 pm

*The 6 pm closing times listed above refer to the latest time you may begin your rental of a kayak, canoe, or rowboat at the Boathouse ticket window.  However, you don't have to return your rented boat to the Boathouse until 7pm. Boathouse staff try to remind boaters who are still on the lake at 6:30pm to head for shore before 7pm. Rental boats returned after 7pm will incur a late fee of $10 per boat. Save or print out a 2016 Montgomery Parks Boating Brochure with information on hours, boat rental prices, and more.

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Which Boat Should You Rent?

Black Hill rents rowboats, canoes and kayaks.  All boats must have someone at least 16 years old on board; a driver's license or photo ID is required for each boat rented.  Rentals are available as weather permits.  Boat Rental Rules and Regulations apply to use of rental boats. For more information, please call 301-528-3466. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted for boat rentals payments.  Fee Reduction Coupons may be used toward boat rentals.

Rent at rowboat at Black Hill BoatsRowboats are great for individuals and families who want to spend time on the water, but have limited boating experience.  Rowboats can accommodate up to five people (four adults). The rental fee includes a pair of oars, one PFD (personal floatation device) for each person, and a seat cushion device.  Some boats can accommodate electric trolling motors, provided by the renter. Anyone born after July 1, 1972 must possess a certificate of boating safety education in order to operate a trolling motor on a Parks rowboat. Anchors are available upon request. Rent a canoe at Black Hill Boats



Canoes can accommodate up to three adults. A paddle and a PFD (personal floatation device) are provided for each person, and a flotation seat cushion is available. People using canoes may also follow the Black Hill Water Trail.
Rent a single or double kayak at Black Hill Boats Kayaks provide an individual, solitary experience on the lake, and almost anyone can learn to use a one in a short period of time.  Both one-person and tandem two-person kayaks are available.  People using kayaks may also follow the Black Hill Water Trail. The rental fee includes a kayak paddle and PFD (personal floatation device). Kayakers must be at least 16 years of age.

Save or print out a 2016 Montgomery Parks Boating Brochure , with information on hours, boat rental prices, and more.


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Pontoon Boat Tours

Take a pontoon boat ride on Little Seneca LakeEnjoy Little Seneca Lake from the "Kingfisher" pontoon boat (max. cap. 30 persons). A 45 minute pontoon boat tour is a great way for individuals, families and small groups to experience the beautiful, 505-acre lake. Children under 5 must wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) that is provided at all times. The ADA-accessible Kingfisher can accommodate up to 8 people using wheelchairs.

Public Tours

Public Pontoon boat tours are available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays , May through September. Tours leave promptly at 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm from the boat rental dock. Tickets are sold on a walk-up, first-come/first-served basis each day for trips that same day.

FEES: Regular pontoon boat tickets are $5 per person

Save on Weekend Pontoon Boat Rides with a 10-Trip Ticket Book!

Get a 10-Trip Ticket Book for $45! You save $5 off the regular $50 cost of 10 tickets for weekend pontoon boat rides. Tickets do not expire and are good from year to year, so hold on to them! Ticket books are a great idea for families, to use for out-of-town guests, parties and more. They're available at the Boathouse during normal operating hours (see "Hours of Operation" above). Each boarding time is first-come/first-served, even with these 10-trip ticket books--so please check in at the Boat Rental Office ticket window first to make sure seats are available at the tour time you want. Tour boat capacity is 30 persons per tour. These tickets can not be used for private group tours (see below).

Private Pontoon Boat Group Tours

If you'd like to bring a group (up to 30 people) to the lake for a tour, please contact the Park Naturalist Office at 301-528-3492 or to make advance reservations for a private pontoon tour.
Private tour fees:  $6 per person.

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Private Boats at Little Seneca Lake

  • Mooring sites for private boats may also be purchased online at:
    The fee is $85 per site and $75 for the required permit. Decals will be mailed to the address on your ActiveMONTGOMERY account for your convience. Boats are moored at the boat ramp and mooring site.
  • Daily Permits cost $5 per boat. Visitors may purchade their daily permit online here, or visitors should deposit their payment in the lock boxes at these locations.
  • Trailered and non-trailered boats may be launched at the boat ramp and mooring area, and non-trailered boats can also be launched at the MD Route 121 Bridge pull-off area.  Boats may only be moored at the Boat Ramp and Mooring Area during the boating season with the purchase of a mooring stake.

For more information, contact 301-528-3490. Save or print out a 2016 Montgomery Parks Boating Brochure, with information on hours, boat rental prices, and more.

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large mouth bass

Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and tiger muskie are the most common fish species found in Little Seneca Lake. Trophy Bass Fishing Regulations are in effect.  All Maryland State Fishing Regulations for inland waters apply, and people ages 16 and older must have a Maryland Fishing License.  Fishing is permitted from the rental boats during the operational season at Little Seneca Lake, and from private boats during the private boat permit season. Year-round fishing is permitted from the shoreline. Please view the Regulations for Private Boats for complete information.   

For information about fishing licenses, please 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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Black Hill Water Trail

Take a tour of Little Seneca Lake in a canoe or kayak, and learn more about the ecology, plant and wildlife (fish, birds, insects, etc.) on the lake.  Following the water trail markers takes approximately two hours.  Print out a copy of the Black Hill Water Trail Guide here.

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From 1-270 take Exit 15A for Germantown Road/MD 118 North.  Turn left onto Frederick Road/MD 355 North.  Make another left onto West Old Baltimore Road.  At Lake Ridge Drive, turn into the park and follow the signs to the Visitor Center and Boat Rental.

Click for map directions

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Date of last update: March 2, 2015