Rocky Gorge Reservoir
Harding Road, Laurel Maryland 20723
Size: This small cove is on the north side
of the reservoir.
Habitat: Water level fluctuates by season
and rainfall. Occasionally in late summer, attractive
mudflats are exposed. Mixed woods border the cove with
stands of planted white pines east of the boat ramp on
the south side.
Best Months: Mid-April through May;
September and October.
Coverage Time: Fifteen minutes to an
Trails/Paths: Areas adjacent to the parking
lots provide access to the shoreline at the head of the
cove. At the southwest corner of Pineway Drive and
Harding Road, a wooden gate marks the entrance to a short
path to a point on the main reservoir overlooking the
mouth of Scotts Cove. There is another gated entry point
between Pineway Drive and the north parking lot. On the
south side of the cove, just above the boat ramp and boat
stakes, there is a beaten fishing path through the pine
woods. Sometimes it is possible to walk above the
waterline in order to reach the main body of the
Notable Birds: Snow Goose, Northern
Pintail, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser,
Red-necked Grebe, Glossy Ibis, Bald Eagle, Black Tern, Common Raven,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Pine Warbler.
Amenities: Two gravel parking lots; picnic
tables, grills, and tot lot; boat ramp; portable toilet
adjacent to boat ramp when reservoir is open. Day or
seasonal passes required for fishing and boating are
available at the Brighton Dam Information Center.
Handicapped Access: Parking lots are
adjacent to wooded areas; water can only be reached down
a flight of steps or fairly steep slopes. Some birds can
be seen and heard from the lots; south lot provides a
slightly better view of the cove. The boat ramp is the
only paved area.
Operation and Hours: Owned and operated by
the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; dawn to
dusk. Public access is normally April 1 to Novemberber 15.
Special Attractions: Potential for
waterbirds and shorebirds adjacent to mixed
Compiler: Joanne Solem