Deep Creek Lake spring activities offer something for everyone. As we say good-bye to winter weather, it is a time to enjoy the outdoors, visit local businesses and explore the area. This quieter season is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
I put together some of my favorite indoor and outdoor Deep Creek Lake spring activities. Be sure to check availability as opening dates may vary for some of the options listed.
Deep Creek Lake Spring Activities
–Golf typically begins in April (weather dependent). The four Garrett County courses are Lodestone, Fantasy Valley, Thousand Acres and the Golf Club at Oakland.
-Our eight state parks offer miles of hiking trails. Water levels can be high during the spring months making it a great time to check out Swallow Falls State Park. If you are looking for family friendly experiences, I put together a list of 5 easy trails.
Deep Creek golf courses will start their season in just a few months! The are four courses to play in Garrett County. Each offers its own unique challenges.
About Deep Creek Golf Courses
Lodestone Golf Course This stunning course was designed by Hale Irwin, 3-time U.S. Open Champion. It is laid out to highlight the contours of the mountaintop terrain. Lodestone was ranked the #2 public course in the state of Maryland by GolfWeek Magazine. Players will appreciate the stunning lake as well as mountain vistas. The tentative opening date for 2020 is May 1.
Fantasy Valley Golf Course This course is a long-time favorite that opened in 1980. There have been many changes and improvements since then. It surrounds the base of Wisp Resort. The tentative opening date is April 17, 2020.
Deep Creek Lake events are picking up as we enter late spring and early summer! Almost every weekend offers something fun and most are family friendly happenings.
Garrett County Celtic Festival June 1, 10AM-6PM, Friendsville Town Park Celebrating all things Celtic, there are tons of fun activities throughout the day along with great food and beautiful music. Traditional Irish dancing, pipe & drum bands, a Celtic marketplace and history presentations are just a few of the highlights.
Family Day at Spruce Forest Artisan Village June 8, 10AM-2PM, Spruce Forest Artisan Village Village volunteers will offer crafts and activities, a display of Native American artifacts from the region shared by a local archaeologist, music and more. You can stroll through the historic buildings in the Village to learn of their background, and meet with the artisans in their studios.
My 5 favorite Deep Creek Lake spring activities celebrate this quieter season. It is a time of year that has a slower, more leisurely pace. You feel like you have the Deep Creek Lake area all to yourself. It is easy to enjoy outdoor recreation with friends and family.
Deep Creek Lake Spring Activities
Here are some of the highlights of a few favorite things to do during the spring months.
Deep Creek Lake spring fishing starts as soon as the ice melts on the lake. McHenry Cove is a popular spot where you will often see lots of fisherman lining the banks.
Deep Creek Lake State Park is also a great spot for fishing. You can go to the fishing pier or fish from the shoreline (excluding the beach area). You can get your fishing license at the Discover Center or you can buy one online as well. This is definitely my pick for fishing if you are taking your little ones. If they fishing loses their attention, there are several different playgrounds to enjoy. Plus, the Disovery Center has lots of great environmental exhibits.
Deep Creek spring events guide gives you the rundown on what’s happening at the lake. There is something for just about every age and interest this spring. Whether you are a resident or just visiting, you will find fun activities just about every weekend.
Deep Creek Axe Throwing Company is the area’s newest indoor activity. It is brought to you by the some folks that run DCL Adventures. Their options for recreation include: Deep Creek Ninja Factory, Splash Island and Monkey Business Adventure Park.
About Axe Throwing
Axe throwing is the latest craze! It is like playing darts….but with axes! Over the past few years, it gained popularity as recreation in Canada. And now, it has spread to the U.S. with axe throwing bars and businesses popping up everywhere. This quick, competitive form of entertainment has really taken off. In more urban areas you can even find axe throwing leagues. When done on a regular basis, it has fitness benefits as well.
Winter Fest takes place every President’s Day Weekend. Held in downtown Oakland, there are lots of fun activities for everyone. Most importantly, many activities are free! It is a great way to spend time with family and friends as you celebrate the winter season. Oakland is about 15 minutes from Deep Creek, so it is also an easy drive if you are just visiting for the weekend.
Winter Fest Events
Winter Fest kicks off on Saturday, February 17, 2019. The first live ice carving starts at 9AM. Bill Sandusky, a master ice carver, shows off his work with live demos throughout the day. Also, there are pre-carved sculptures placed throughout the downtown area. You can stroll along the streets to check them out. Maps are available so that you can see them all. They are on display both Saturday and Sunday.
Lying just west of Swallow Falls on the Maryland-West Virginia border is a unique ecosystem that offers window into ice ages past. Because of its location on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, the Cranesville Swamp is home to plant and animal species uncommon for the mid-Atlantic region.
About the Cranesville Swamp
The swamp is different due to its “frost pocket effect.” The elevation is lower in a frost pocket, causing cooler temperatures and making that patch of ground particularly susceptible to frost. The combination of moisture and cold air create a landscape more reminiscent of habitat found much further north in Canadian boreal forests. Visitors to the park, managed by the The Nature Conservancy (TNC), are able to glimpse a natural anomaly created by this rare mix of altitude, temperature and precipitation.
A Look at the Past
Over 15,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, glaciers
froze much of North America and northern
latitude species were pushed southward. The
area that became Cranesville settled in a mountain valley. The surrounding
hills catch cold air pockets and precipitation, pushing them into the valley. The
valley “frost pocket” is responsible for Cranesville’s designation as
a sub-arctic swamp. The preserve one of the coolest and wettest spots in Maryland, creating an
isolated refuge for species normally found much farther north.
Swallow Falls State Park is a true Garrett County treasure. It is one of the most photographed spots in the area. With unrivaled scenic beauty, it is a great spot to visit throughout all four seasons.
About Swallow Falls State Park
In 1906, John and Robert Garrett donated over 1,900 acres of land to the state. It is now known as Garrett State Forest. Swallow Falls State Park and Herrington Manor State Park are both part of this donated land. In the 1930s, they were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Continue reading Swallow Falls State Park Quick Guide
If you and the family follow and love the American Ninja Warrior program on T.V. as much as our family does, then I have something special for you here at Deep Creek Lake! Deep Creek Marina has cleared out a sizeable amount of boat inventory from the showroom and have moved in a fun and challenging Ninja Course. There are many super challenging obstacles for kids and adults at any level. For those who don’t want to partake in the fitness challenge, there are many arcade games to hold you over while the family masters their ninja skills! Call-1-866-325-7627.
Obstacle Course Open Now!
Test your skills at the Deep Creek Ninja Factory!
We offer 4 different obstacle courses of varying difficulties and you can do whichever obstacle course as many times as time permits.
Sessions begin every 30 minutes, maximum of 8 participants per session.
Sessions begin every 30 minutes, maximum of 8 partcipants per session
*Local Special Fridays only!
*MUST BRING REPORT CARD TO QUALIFY
Locals Day is for students from the following counties:
– Garrett County, MD
– Somerset County, Pennsylvania
– Allegany County, Maryland
– Mineral County, West Virginia
-Grant County, West Virginia
-Preston County, West Virginia
Tucker County, West Virginia
Season: Available year round
Opening hours: Friday 3pm – 9pm
Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Sessions begin every 30 minutes, maximum of 8 participants per session
Location: 2010 Deep Creek Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
Included:– Guide on obstacle course to facilitate course and maintain safe environment
– We offer 4 different obstacle courses of varying difficulties and you can do whichever course as many times as time permits. Obstacle Course1– Slanted Steps, Traverse Box, Low Bridges, Sea of Poles, Devils Bridge Obstacle Course2 – Mushroom Steps, Cheese Walls, Floating Poles, Tilting Ladders, Jungle Swings Obstacle Course3 – Spider Wall, Cannon Ball Alley, Inverted Cargo Crawl Obstacle Course4 – Ascending Steps, Tilting Ladders, Zig Zag Planks, Trapieze to Cargo Net Bag, Spinning Baskets, Triple Warp Walls with Fire Pole Exit: 8′, 10′, 12′
Participation requirements: Minimum age: 5 years old