Deep Creek Lake State Park
Swanton, Maryland 21561
Visiting the Park
Most 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.
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
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
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
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
Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use
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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