Seal of Caroll County, Maryland

Hashawha Environmental Center /
Bear Branch Nature Center

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    HEC: 410-386-3560
    BBNC: 410-386-3580

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Lake Hashawha

Lake Hashawha is a small, restored wetland area located at the beginning of the Stream Trail. Although it is small, it offers great opportunities for wildlife watching and fishing. Birders can spot Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Belted Kingfishers, just to name a few bird species. Butterflies, dragonflies, and mayflies are common sights, too. In the warm spring and summer months, painted turtles can be seen basking on old logs or basking platforms.

Fishing is permitted in Lake Hashawha. Anyone over the age of 16 is required to have a Maryland fishing license. Please do not use live bait. Bluegills, Green Sunfish, and the occasional Smallmouth Bass are frequently caught.