95th Anniversary of Deep Creek Lake
August 13 - 16, 2020 | Specials Throughout Garrett County
Maryland's largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, marks its 95th Anniversary this year with a commemorative celebration August 13 - 16, 2020 with specials, events, discounts and more. The 95th Anniversary celebration, hosted by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by UPMC Western Maryland.
The celebration August 13 – 16, 2020 will include discounts on shopping, dining, jet ski rentals, kayak rentals, ice cream, chocolate, IT packages and 95th anniversary merchandise. 95th Anniversary events from August 13 – 16, 2020 will include the Official Deep Creek Lake Birthday Party; Deep Creek Lake Book Signing; Open House Barbeque and Deep Creek Lake Appreciation Day at the Mt. Fresh Farmers Market with raffles. Full details on all of the specials and events are available in the 95th anniversary brochure.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the official Birthday Party for Deep Creek Lake on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from noon – 5 pm at the Garrett County Visitors Center, located at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541. The public is welcome to attend this free event which will include a ceremony, Deep Creek Lake-themed birthday cake and local author Ed King will be signing copies of his three books: “Famous Boats of Deep Creek Lake,”; “Deep Creek Lake: The Founders (Book 1)”; and “I Love Deep Creek Lake: Another in a Series of Vignettes”. Face masks are required and capacity limitations will be in effect.
View our 95th Anniversary Brochure for all of the details on our discounts, promotions and happenings for this year's 95th Celebration.
*Due to COVID-19, this event was moved to August from it's original date of June 11 - 14, 2020.
History of Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, covering 3,900 acres and 65 miles of shoreline. The man-made lake got its start in 1925 as the result of an effort undertaken by the Youghiogheny Hydro Electric Corporation to harness the power of Deep Creek, a tributary of the Youghiogheny River. Large swaths of land were purchased, a 1,300-foot-long impoundment dam was constructed to stem the flow of water in Deep Creek, and thousands of trees were removed from the area to be flooded. In addition, 15 miles of primary and secondary roads were relocated. With Deep Creek sealed off, the expectation was that at least six months would be required for the lake to fill. But, boosted by heavy rains and snowfall, the process took only a couple of months. On May 26, 1925, the hydroelectric plant kicked into service, with water from the lake transported to the powerhouse through a 7,000-foot tunnel.
As the years passed, the area’s fishing and boating prowess became well-known to visitors from Pennsylvania. Residents of the Baltimore/Washington population centers also found the area to be a convenient getaway place, especially after interstate highways were built. Among the last of these was I-68 – the national freeway – a major transportation route that arrived in 1991 and further opened up Western Maryland to tourism, commerce and more. Today, 1.2 million visitors each year take advantage of the limitless recreational options offered in and around the Deep Creek Lake area, creating their own Deep Creek Experience.
The physical transformation of Garrett County did not stop with the creation of the lake; it continued with the real estate and commercial development around the lake and throughout the County. Deep Creek Lake continues to shape the future development of Garrett County.