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Deep Creek Lake State Park

898 State Park Road
Swanton, Maryland 21561
(301) 387-5563

Visiting the Park

Deep Creek Lake State ParkMost of the parks visitor services are located on State Park Road along the waterfront of Deep Creek Lake. The park includes approximately 1 mile of shoreline on this, Maryland's largest man-made lake. Access is available for fishing, swimming, and boat launching. Several picnic areas offer excellent views of the lake with easy access to the beach and other facilities.

Park Headquarters is located at the intersection of Brant and State Park Roads. Information can be obtained here during business hours Monday through Friday. If you need emergency assistance, call the Maryland Park Service communication center at 1-800-825-7275 or dial 911. General park information can be obtained at 301-387-5563. The Discovery Center can be reached at 301-387-7067 during business hours.

Interpretive programs, consisting of evening campfire programs, and talks and hikes on the natural and cultural resources of the park, are led by a park naturalist and are available at various times throughout the year and by special request. Activity schedules are posted on bulletin boards throughout the park and at the Discovery Center.

Meadow Mountain campground has 112 campsites that are available by reservation from the spring through the fall. Each site is conveniently located near heated restroom facilities complete with hot showers. Twenty-six sites offer electric hookups and a dump station for self-contained units. The Bear Den (an Adirondak-style shelter), two mini-camper cabins and a Yurt are also available for campers. The maximum length of stay is 2 weeks. Pets are permitted in certain designated loops.

The boat launch facility is open most of the year except when winter weather or ice conditions prohibit access. Fishing is generally good on the lake with stocked trout, walleye, bass, and yellow perch being the most abundant.

Hunting is permitted in the park's backcountry areas during regulated hunting seasons. The managed hunting areas are posted and applicable regulations including license requirements apply

Meadow Mountain offers opportunities for hiking. Trail difficulties range from moderate to difficult. A trail guide is available at Park Headquarters and at the Discovery Center or you may purchase one on-line. Pets are allowed on trails and must be kept on a leash. Four season opportunites exist for mountain biking, cross country skiing & snowmobiling

Picnicking is available in the park's waterfront area (a service charge applies). Tables, grills, shelters, playgrounds, and restrooms are available. Shelters may be reserved in advance for a fee. Swimming is available at the park's beach with lifeguards being stationed during the summer months.

Pets on a leash are permitted on hiking trails and in the campground only. Pets are not permitted at the waterfront area or in the day use area of the park. Pets cannot be left unattended.

Please note that all Maryland state parks are TRASH FREE.

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

Nestled along the shores of Deep Creek Lake at Deep Creek Lake State Park, the Deep Creek Discovery Center is an educational/interpretive center for people of all ages to enjoy and learn. Through hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland, families can learn about the flora and fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage that have turned this former logging and coal mining region into a popular modern day vacation destination.

We are in the process of developing a forest canopy walkway which will allow access to the upper parts of the forest - where most of the action is! You will be able to observe birds, butterflies, flowers and various other species of animals, plants and insects that live in the roof of the forest. The walkway will be comprised of three main sections which will include an accessible canopy bridge, a swinging bridge and a canopy tower.

Deep Creek Lake NRMA

The lake management office is located on Brant Road just past the park headquarters. Information about buffer strip use and lake regulations can be obtained by calling 301-387-4111.

Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan

In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the land underlying Deep Creek Lake, buffer zone properties and certain other parcels from General Public Utility, Inc. (GPU), for $17 million. During its' 2000 session, as the sale was being finalized, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to guide future management of Deep Creek Lake and established a Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board (PRB).

The PRB is charged with advising the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on matters relating to lake fees, budget and management. In addition, the PRB and DNR were mandated to issue a Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan by June 2001 that provides for the wise use, protection and management of the natural and recreational resources of Deep Creek Lake.

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