The summary of basic Lake Roland (park) rules and regulations are posted on brown signs at major park entrances. All county laws and regulations apply, including additional park regulations that are not on the sign. Park rules and regulations.

All patrons must depart park property by sunset. All Paw Point dog park patrons must depart Paw Point 15 minutes prior to sunset and depart park property by sunset. The park gates are closed and locked for the evening at sunset. Vehicles locked in the park may be retrieved when the park re-opens the following morning.

Obey all trail signage including temporary maintence signage. Patrons are expected to observe, obey and respect any and all temporary signage or onsite guidance provided related to the ongoing maintenance. Staff and volunteers operate equipment ranging from chain saws to heavy construction equipment, at times with a limited field of view for the operator. Patrons that fail to comply and enter an active work area may put themselves at risk of significant injury or death.

The Lake Roland Respect and Civility Statement is HERE.

Park Rules & Regulations

LEASH YOUR DOG. Owners of dogs that are off leash, except current members of Paw Point Dog Park that are within the boundaries of the dog park when their dog is off leash, will be issued an Animal at Large citation, even if it is the owner’s first offense. Warnings will not be issued. Baltimore County Laws and Policies apply to the entirety, all 503 acres, of Lake Roland. In the event that the owner fails to provide identification to park staff in the process of issuing the citation, staff will summon Baltimore County Police to compel the owner to identify themselves.

Kayaks and canoes are permitted and encouraged on Lake Roland. PFDs (life jackets) are always required. The launch area is adjacent to the Lakeside Drive parking lot. Complete boating specific regulations (PDF).

All fishing from land, boats and kayaks in Lake Roland is allowed and regulated under the management of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. Fishing using bow and arrows is prohibited. For those who are fishing, a State Angling License is required of all persons 16 years of age and over. Fishing licenses are not available at the Lake Roland Nature Center. Fishing licenses can be obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources HERE.

Maryland Department of Environment Fish Consumption Advisories can be found HERE.

Because much of the park is an environmentally sensitive area, biking is restricted to the two main trails, paved roads, the boardwalk, and the peninsula. Complete bicycle specific regulations (PDF).

The smoking policy for Recreation and Parks is as follows (Bill No. 4-14):

“Smoking” is defined as:

  • The act of smoking or carrying a lighted cigar, cigarette, electronic cigarette, pipe of any kind or any lighted tobacco
  • Or lighting a cigar, cigarette, electronic cigarette, pipe of any kind or tobacco of any kind

A person may not smoke within the general boundary of the outdoor area of the following Recreation and Parks facilities:

  • Playgrounds and tot lots
  • Dog parks
  • Organized games or events at athletic fields sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks or a local recreation council
  • Within 30 feet of a Recreation and Parks building

Professional photography sessions cannot be conducted at Lake Roland without a permit (Baltimore County Recreation & Parks Directive A-13). All requests for permits must be reviewed by the Director of Recreation and Parks or their designee and be accompanied by a letter detailing the activity, justification of the need for this particular site and a projected income statement. All commercial vendors must provide insurance in compliance with Baltimore County standards. All Professional Photographers MUST have a comprehensive general liability insurance policy for combined bodily injury and property damage with a minimum policy limit of $1,000,000.00 per occurrence and $2,000,000.00 in the aggregate, and shall name the parks owner as an additional insured on the policy as follows: Baltimore County, 2nd Floor 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204 and the Lake Roland Nature Council, 1000 Lakeside Drive, Baltimore, MD 21210. A copy of the above insurance certificate MUST be sent to the Lake Roland Nature Center, 1000 Lakeside Drive, Baltimore, MD 21210 or via email to both [email protected] and [email protected]gov.