Experience Little Seneca Lake by boat! Rent a kayak, canoe, paddle board, pedal boat or rowboat at the Boathouse. 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.
Hours of Operation
Open Thursdays – Sundays from June 1 – September 3, 10am – 6pm*
Closed – Thursday August 31.
Closed – Friday September 1.
Open Monday, September 4, 10am-6pm*.
*Last rentals begin at 5 pm and must be returned to the Boathouse at 6 pm. Boathouse staff try to remind boaters who are still on the lake at 5:30pm to head for shore before 6pm. Rental boats returned after 6pm will incur a late fee of $10 per boat.
Black Hill rents rowboats, canoes, pedal boat, paddle boards, and kayaks. A driver’s license or photo ID is required for each boat rented. Life Jackets must be worn at all times. 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 rental payments. Fee Reduction Coupons (pdf) may be used toward boat rentals.
Rowboats 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.
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.
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 (accessible pdf). The rental fee includes a kayak paddle and PFD (personal floatation device).
Pedal Boats are great for people of all ages with little or no boating experience. Pedal boats are stable and easy to maneuver, and very popular for families with young children. Each rental includes life jackets for each person, and a seat flotation device. Passenger capacity: 4 people maximum
The Pontoon Boat is currently out of service. If you would like more information, call our Park Naturalist Office at 301-528-3489 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact: Brian.Borge@Montgomeryparks.org
For full details, visit Fishing in Montgomery Parks.
Largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and tiger muskie are the most common fish species found in Little Seneca Lake. 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. Little Seneca Lake is open to night fishing on five dates during the summer months. Private boats are permitted on the lake until midnight and must have all required navigation lights. May 31, June 28, August 2, August 30, Sept 27, and October 25, 2023. For more information on night fishing please call: 301-765-8624.
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 (accessible pdf) here.