Frequently Asked Questions
Are there fish in the lake?
There are Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie, Pickerel and Carp in the lake.
Do my children and I need a license to fish at the lake?
Persons 16 years of age and older need a fresh water license and (a Trout stamp during the season). Children under 16 years old just need a fishing pole. License are not sold here at the park but can be purchased at local bait/tackle shops and some sporting good stores.
Am I allowed to put my canoe or rowboat in the lake?
No, the only water activities allowed at the lake are shoreline fishing and observing the waterfowl.
Why can't I feed the ducks and geese at the lake?
Feeding of park waterfowl (ducks, geese, etc.) and all park wildlife is prohibited. Feeding waterfowl human food such as bread and crackers will make the waterfowl ill. The wild waterfowl need to eat what is natural to them.
How do I go about having a family reunion at the park?
If your group is 20 people or less there are open picnic sites that are on a first come first serve basis at no charge. Groups over 20 people must have a pavilion reservation. Reservations are made in advance, call 410-222-7313. The large pavilion allows a group of up to 100 people and two small pavilions which allows a group of up to 50 people at each. Alcohol is prohibited. Follow this link to Lake Waterford Park pavilion rental
for more information.
When are the lights turned on at the tennis and basketball courts?
Court lights will only be turned on for Anne Arundel County organized league games. Courts are available on a first come first serve basis, during regular park hours. If the Department of Recreation and Parks is holding an organized program the courts will be posted no usage.
May I bring my dog to Lake Waterford Park?
Yes, pets are allowed at the park but must be on a leash at all times and under the control of the owner. Pet owners are responsible for immediate clean up of their pet's defecation. Pets are not allowed to swim in the lake. All pet owners must have their dog licensed and vaccinated according to County code.
How late is the park open?
The park closes at dusk everyday. There are signs throughout the park to inform you of the exact closing times. If your car is left in the park after closing it will be reported to the police and will not be available for removal until park reopens the next morning.