Deep Creek Lake State Park Quick Guide

Deep Creek Lake State Park is a favorite spot during all four seasons. There are tons of fun activities, and the scenery is spectacular! Your entire family could easily spend the whole day here. Also many areas of the park are dog friendly!

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Deep Creek Lake State Park Day Use Areas

The park encompasses about 1,800 acres. The day use facilities include the park’s waterfront and picnic areas. You can access it from 8 a.m. until sunset. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there are two guarded swimming beaches. Bring your lunch, and take advantage of picnic tables and grills. There are three playgrounds as well. You can fish from the shoreline when you’re not playing in the sand with the kids.

Currently, Wisp Resort operates the Beach Hut at Deep Creek Lake State Park. They rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, beach chairs and tubes. Paddling into Carmel Cove is a great way to enjoy the scenery.

For your convenience, there is a shower house, changing station and several restrooms.

Deep Creek Lake State Park Trails

Ranging from easy to difficult, there are multiple trails in the park. Signed interpretive walks are available from the Discovery Center and on the Brant Mine Trail.  Longer, rocky loop trails lead to the top of Meadow Mountain providing a view of Deep Creek Lake. It is especially beautiful when fall foliage is at its peak. An historic fire tower is also at the ridge, check at the Discovery Center for tower tour dates and times. You can head out to explore on your own, or you can take a guided hike with park staff.

Boat Ramp

The boat ramp is available 24 hours a day weather permitting. There is a launch ramp fee each time the ramp is used unless you have a valid lake use permit or Maryland State Park pass.

Deep Creek Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is an educational and interpretive center for all ages. Hands-on exhibits highlight the natural resources of Western Maryland. Families can learn about the flora, fauna, cultural and historical heritage of the Deep Creek Lake area. They host evening campfire programs, and talks and hikes on the natural and cultural resources of the park, aviary tours, crafts for kids and more.

Deep Creek Lake State Park Pet Policy

Your pup will love exploring the park! Pets are allowed on trails, in the boat ramp area for boarding and in the day use area except for the sandy beach. They can swim from the shoreline any where except for the designated swimming area.

In Conclusion

Deep Creek Lake State Park is just one of the many places in Garrett County where families can experience the outdoors together. If you are thinking about living at the lake, I can help you search for your perfect home. There is no better place to spend quality time with your favorite people!

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