Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 247
Garden, WV 26717-0247
Phone: (304) 355-2346
Lake is a reservoir of 952 acres (3.85 km2) and is
located on the North Branch Potomac River in Garrett
County, Maryland and Mineral County, West Virginia
approximately eight miles upstream of Bloomington,
Maryland, and approximately five miles north of Elk
Garden, West Virginia.
The lake was constructed by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, as authorized by the Flood
Control Act of October 23, 1962 (Public Law 87-874)
and is described in House Document No. 469, 87th
United States Congress, second session. Construction
of the lake was completed in 1981. Originally named
Bloomington Lake, it was later renamed for West
Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph. The lake, which
serves as an emergency reservoir for the Washington,
D.C. metropolitan area, is managed by the Corps of
Engineers. Coordination of the lake's use for water
supply purposes is managed by the Interstate
Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB).
proposal has been filed with the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission by Fairlawn Hydroelectric
Company to construct a 10.5 MW hydroelectric
facility at the dam. If approved, construction could
occur as early as 2012.