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Boating and fishing at Black Hill

Boating and Fishing

Montgomery County Parks


Use Caution and Avoid Ingesting Water at Lake Needwood Due to Elevated Microcystin Levels
Microcystin, a toxic substance produced by blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), has been detected in Lake Needwood. Water that contains microcystin can cause severe liver damage if ingested. Please avoid all contact with the lake water, and do not allow dogs or other pets to swim in or drink from the lake. Swimming is prohibited at all times in Lake Needwood. Fishing and boating in the lake is allowed, but visitors are urged to use good hand cleaning practices prior to eating, drinking, or smoking. If eating fish caught from Lake Needwood, visitors should eat only muscle meat and ensure that the fish is cooked properly. For more information, please click here or call 301-495-2595. (8/13/15). Click here to download Microcystin Fact Sheet


Montgomery Parks has several options for people to get outside and onto the water.  Black Hill Regional Park and Rock Creek Regional Park both have boat rentals, group boat tours, moorings and ramps for private boats, and sites for fishing.

Black Hill Boats
Black Hill Regional Park
20920 Lake Ridge Drive                   
Boyds, MD 20841                             
Boathouse: 301-528-3466
Mooring Sites and Seasonal Permits: 301-563-7524
Visitor Center: 301-528-3480

Lake Needwood Boats
Rock Creek Regional Park
15700 Needwood Lake Circle
Rockville, MD 20855
Boat Shop 301-563-7544
Group Tours and Seasonal Permits: 301-563-7524


The following parks allow fishing.  State of Maryland fishing regulations apply, and people fishing who are 16 years and older must have a Maryland State Fishing License.

Colesville Area
Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Park
1120 Jackson Road
White Oak, MD 20904

Damascus Area
Kings Local Park
23715 Clarksburg Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

Gaithersburg/Rockville Area
Rock Creek Regional Park
Lake Needwood Boats
6700 Needwood Drive
Rockville, MD 20855

Germantown Area
Black Hill Regional Park
Black Hill Boats (Little Seneca Lake)
20930 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841

South Germantown Recreational Park
Central Park Pond
Central Park Circle
Boyds, MD 20874

Olney Area
Olney Manor Recreational Park
16601 Georgia Avenue
Olney, MD 20832

Potomac Area
Seneca Landing Boat Ramp
13300 Riley’s Lock Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837

Shady Grove Area
Pennyfield Lock Neighborhood Conservation
12420 Pennyfield Lock Rd.
Tobytown, MD 20854

Wheaton  Area
Pine Lake
Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902