Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
The county's most popular tourist attraction, Deep Creek Lake is a hub of activity.
At 3,900 acres, Maryland's largest freshwater lake is part Mother Nature, part human ingenuity. The Youghiogheny's Hydro-Electric Corporation created the lake using the surrounding streams to generate electrical power. One-thousand men began construction on November 1, 1923, and two-and-a-half years later, in May 1925, the electric plant began operation. The lake has 65 miles of shoreline and is 75 feet at its deepest, with an average depth of 25 feet. Today, Deep Creek Lake is owned by the State of Maryland and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service.
Boating and Recreation
Deep Creek Lake offers a multitude of recreational options including boating, family activities, fishing, guide services, kayaking, swimming and water sports. View a detailed map of Deep Creek Lake and get details about Boating on Deep Creek Lake, including regulations and boating safety, with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources brochure. And view the Deep Creek Lake Water Sports Safety: Towing Brochure. Going fishing? Get information on Maryland fishing licenses.
Deep Creek Lake State Park has a public boat launch that is open 24 hours a day, weather permitting, and the park has a separate launching area for canoes, kayaks and other crafts. Deep Creek Lake State Park also offers a beach area for swimming and kayaks, paddleboards, tubes and beach chairs are available for rent at the beach. A nominal entrance fee applies to visitors of Deep Creek Lake State Park.
In the winter, Deep Creek Lake doesn't shut down - there's ice fishing once the lake freezes over. A minimum ice cover is recommended for safe fishing; get details on ice safety on Deep Creek Lake at the DNR website and for daily conditions and updates, please call Deep Creek Lake State Park at 301.387.5563 or contact area fishing outfitters for details.
Where on the Lake am I?
The northern tip of Deep Creek Lake is also known as McHenry Cove. This bustling area of the lake features many businesses including boat rentals, restaurants, bars and more - many located by boat! The northern area of the lake is also home to Garrett College and the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Wisp Resort is here too with tons of year-round activities including downhill skiing, tubing and snowmobiling as well as golfing, mountain biking and mountain coaster.
Heading south and west of the Deep Creek Lake Bridge this cove of the lake features the dam and is completely residential. Folks like this cove for fishing and relaxing.
Just south of the Deep Creek Lake bridge will put you on the main body of the lake, becoming more residential, but is also easily accessible to shopping, restaurants, marinas and grocery markets. You'll also find the Deep Creek Lake State Park, a perfect spot for families with a sandy beach, pavilions and even a Discovery Center with nature programs for the whole family.
Heading below the Glendale Bridge, you'll find quite coves, residential homes and perfect hidden fishing spots. In the southern end, you probably catch a glimpse of a sailboat or two. Kayakers will find themselves in the tips of coves, missing the wakes of power boats.
Vacationing & Living
Vacationers to Deep Creek Lake have many options when it comes to lodging.
Local hotels and motels are located around the lake area. There are camping opportunities as well as rustic cabins at local parks. Bed & Breakfasts are perfect for a couple looking for a quiet and quaint getaway. Or stay at a wide variety of different cabins and lodges throughout the County. The largest selection of accommodations are vacation rentals ranging from 2 bedroom homes and condos up to 10 bedroom estates. Enjoy amenities like private pools, hot tubs and much more. Vacation rentals homes are available via vacation rental companies and vacation rentals by owner.
Bringing your furry friend? View our list of pet-friendly lodging options.