I READ with great interest Bill Maxwell's article entitled "How About Howard! A County of Easy Living -- and Visiting," which appeared in the May 17 edition of the Weekend section. Although I enjoyed the article a great deal, I am literally cringing at some significant inaccuracies.
Point I. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission does not now and never has rented rowboats or any watercraft. It does offer picnicking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting and boating at designated areas only, and it does provide boat mooring stakes at three locations for boaters with season permits who register at the Visitors/Information Center at Brighton Dam.
Point II. Re Mr. Maxwell's suggested tours: At three points he has directed your readers to illegal, non-designated access points to the WSSC's Patuxent watershed property at T.H. Duckett (Rocky Gorge) Reservoir. This will cause problems for local residents, the WSSC's watershed patrol officers and the individuals who may choose to follow your advice in the article as they may receive a $20 citation for trespassing.
Specifically: At the intersection of Harding Road and Old Columbia Pike, "straight ahead" does not take one to the reservoir unless one trespasses on private property. One cannot even see the reservoir from the end of this road. The immediate left off Lime Kiln Road does not take one to the reservoir unless one trespasses on private property. A left onto Reservoir Road off of Lime Kiln Road does not take one to the reservoir unless one trespasses on private property. One cannot see the reservoir from the end of this road either.