Hike, jog, cross-country ski or just meander along more than 60 miles of trails through Regional Water Authority watershed lands. Fish from the shores in the sparkling clean water of five secluded reservoirs. Fish from our 70-foot long, wheelchair accessible dock at Lake Saltonstall. Bike through an 18th century settlement at Little Genesee in North Madison and more.

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Nature’s wonderland is waiting to be discovered on any part of the Water Authority’s network of trails, located in nine areas in 12 communities. You can hike, jog, cross-country ski, take a nature walk, or just relax and enjoy nature’s scenic beauty. All it takes is a Regional Water Authority Recreation Permit. Buying a Recreation Permit is like contributing to a regional conservation organization. It’s your way to help insure that future generations will have these same natural resources to enjoy.

Our recreation areas are rich with opportunities for both amateur and professional photographers. Each year we conduct a photo contest for our recreation permit holders. Permit holders are invited to submit up to five photographs in one of five categories: Wildlife, Plants, Water Scenes, General Scenes, and People Recreating. Photographs must be taken at any of our Regional Water Authority recreation areas. Winning photographs are posted on the website.

Our Recreation Permit Gets You Closer To Nature
As a permit holder, you can enjoy the convenience of free parking, easy-to-read trail maps and a system-wide trail guide. We also have areas with special design features for access by people with disabilities. Plus, we’ll invite you to guided nature walks, our annual kids fishing derby and other special events which are only open to our permit holders.

Permit Options and Costs

One-Year Permit $25.00 Two-Year Permit $40.00
*Individual permits include one free guest pass. The permit holder must accompany the guest.
One-Year Permit $35.00 Two-Year Permit $50.00
*Family permits allow a family the use of all recreation areas and include two guest passes.  A family is defined as up to two adults and accompanying children up to the age of 21.

Seniors / Disabled / Students

One-Year Permit $20.00 Two-Year Permit $35.00
One-Year Permit $30.00 Two-Year Permit $45.00
*Seniors: Age 60 and older


How to Get Your Permit

Be sure to review our Recreation Program Rules and Regulations  before purchase.

By Mail
Download the permit application form, print it and complete the registration portion and return it to us with your payment (check, MasterCard or VISA).

By Phone
Please call our Recreation Department at 203-401-2654.

By Email
Please email our Recreation Department at

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