OWASA Announces Expansion of Recreation Opportunities at Cane Creek Reservoir, University Lake

Orange Water and Sewer Authority is excited to announce the expansion of recreation opportunities at Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake for the 2021 lake recreation season.

OWASA will begin renting boats once again on Friday, June 4. Boat rentals will include the vessel and paddles; no boat motors will be rented at this time. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for use on the lakes. Electronic payment is still highly preferred for lake use and rental fees.

OWASA’s permit application process will remain in place for visitors who would like to reserve a boating space at either Cane Creek (open on Friday and Saturday) or University Lake (open Friday through Sunday) and will arrive between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Permit applications will be available Monday and Tuesday each week on the Recreation page of the OWASA website. OWASA will notify applicants of their permit status each Wednesday by email.

Gates will remain open after 10 a.m. for visitors without a reservation. After 10 a.m., all visitors will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, until we reach our standard boating capacity at either reservoir.

Visitors who are interested in bank fishing or picnicking at either reservoir are invited without requesting a reservation and can visit either reservoir beginning at 6:30 a.m.

These changes will go into effect on Friday, June 4. OWASA’s reservoirs will not be open for recreation on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.

You can find more information about boating permits and general visitor guidelines below. We thank you for following OWASA’s guidelines aimed at protecting water quality and the health of OWASA staff and visitors to our reservoirs. OWASA reserves the right to alter these policies as appropriate throughout the remainder of the 2021 recreation season.


A boating permit will allow for the individual receiving the permit and one guest to visit the selected reservoir; the visitor can either be in the permit-holder’s boat or bring their own boat. Boaters can supply their own equipment or rent a boat from OWASA. OWASA staff will continue to inspect equipment before allowing it to be used on the lakes.

If you receive a boating permit, the gates will open for your arrival between 6:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. After 10 a.m. all visitors will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis.


All visitors will be required to follow our existing rules and regulations concerning use of our facilities. The recreational offices will remain closed to the public. Restroom facilities will be open to the public. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up at various locations at each reservoir.