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. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake State Park Quick Guide

Mountain Fresh Farmers Market

Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is one of my favorite things about summer in Garrett County. Vegetables, fruit, locally raised meat, farm fresh eggs, honey and pottery are just a few of the items you can pick up. Also, my kids love it too! They enjoy helping to choose the different, brightly colored veggies to take home. It is truly a highlight of life in Western Maryland.

Mountain Fresh Farmers Market

About Mountain Fresh Farmers Market

Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is sponsored by the Mountain Fresh Producers Association. It is a non-profit group of farmers, bakers, artisans and cooks. Vendors must create the items that they sell. Continue reading Mountain Fresh Farmers Market

Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Early summer Deep Creek Lake events offer something for every member of the family. Warm weather makes this a great time to explore the area and enjoy time outdoors.

early summer deep creek lake events

Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Garrett County Celtic Festival
June 2, 10:30AM-6PM, Friendsville Community Park
Come out to celebrate the heritage, arts, and culture of Appalachian immigrants from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. Enjoy live music, Highland athletic games, lots of kids’ activities and more.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra
June 9, 7:30PM, Wisp Resort
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents “Space the Final Frontier”. The concert includes music from Star Wars, E.T. and Superman.

Deep Creek’s Talent Show at the Honi-Honi
June 16, 5-8PM
This fun event is in its eleventh year. So, don’t miss this karaoke-style competition. It benefits the important work of the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
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5 Easy Deep Creek Lake Hiking Trails

Deep Creek Lake hiking trails are plentiful! With seven state parks, there are almost endless paths winding through Garrett County. They range from easy to difficult. Many do offer more rugged terrain, but there are quite a few Deep Creek Lake hiking trails that are less challenging.

Whether you live here year round or own a second home in the area, area trails are a fantastic benefit of “lake life”. Enjoying the natural beauty of the area is something that everyone can experience on a regular basis.

I put together a list of 5 easy Deep Creek Lake hiking trails that are family friendly. Of course, you should gauge your family’s ability level before heading out to explore.

Deep creek lake hiking trails

Green Trail at New Germany State Park

This is ideal for beginner hikers. It is fairly flat and follows a native brook trout stream called Poplar Lick. In the winter, it is popular with cross country skiers. Park naturalists lead guided hikes that give you great info about the environment.

New Germany State Park also has a thirteen acre lake with a sandy beach for swimming. Spring through fall, you can rent kayaks, canoes, row boats and stand up paddle boards too.

Deep Creek Lake Hiking

Swallow Falls State Park Loop

This easy circuit hike is in Swallow Falls State Park. It takes you through a mature hemlock forest along the scenic Youghiogheny River. One of the highlights is Muddy Creek Falls. It is Maryland’s tallest waterfall standing at 53 feet high.

This is a good option when hiking with small children or friends and family that aren’t overly “outdoorsy”. Picnic tables and a pavilion give you a place to have a snack or a packed lunch.

Cranesville Swamp Preserve

Managed by the Nature Conservancy, Cranesville Swam offers a network of 5 different trails including a 1,500 ft. boardwalk. They are all under 2 miles long. Cranesville Swamp is located in a frost pocket. The surrounding hills capture moisture and cold air. So that creates a landscape similar to that found in Canada.

The area is home to over 48 rare plants and animals, including Jacob’s ladder, southern water shrew, and mountain earth snake. Also, there are more than 100 species of birds. Continue reading 5 Easy Deep Creek Lake Hiking Trails

Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Deep Creek Lake spring events offer something for all ages and interests. Because the weather is warming up, it is a great time to explore state parks. Spring brings out lots of new listings too. You can get great rates on vacation rentals. So, you can have a fun weekend getaway while you look for Deep Creek Lake real estate.

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Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Ramp Cook-Off
April 28, 11AM-1PM, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Ramps are a wild onion that signal springtime in the mountains. You can enter a dish or sample the entries.

Spring Flinger Disc Golf Tournament
April 29, 12:30PM (registration begins), Wisp Resort
This 9-hole disc golf tournament is fun for the entire family. Rental discs are available.

Birdfest
May 4-6, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Guided hikes through area state parks give you a chance to observe native and migratory birds. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Deep Creek Lake Fishing Guide

Deep Creek Lake fishing is a popular spring activity. As the snow melts and the weather warms up, this is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Because it requires no experience, anyone can have fun casting a line surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Deep Creek Lake Fishing

Deep Creek Lake Fishing License

Anyone over the age of 16 must have a valid Maryland license. You can purchase one online through the Department of Natural Resources. Local sports shops also sell them. If you are only in the area for a short time, you can buy a three or seven day license. The DNR also offers “free” fishing days when no freshwater fishing license is required. They are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4.

Places to Go Fish

Broadford Lake – This 140 acre lake is located in Oakland. Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and panfish. Because fishing from the shoreline is easy, this is a good spot to take the kids.

Deep Creek Lake – Offers 67 miles of shoreline and over 3900 acres. Fish species: bass, trout, Walleye and panfish. If you don’t have a boat, you can fish from your dock or at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

-Some of the best fishing is April through June is when most fish are in 1 – 2 feet of water to spawn.

-You will have the best luck early in the morning or evening.

-Fish around stumps, large rocks and grass beds.

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Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Your Deep Creek Lake event update includes fun activities for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and more! Winter is hanging on at Deep Creek Lake, and Wisp Resort expects to be open through St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Over 10 inches of snow in early March has given us some of the best slope conditions of the year!

Deep Creek Lake Event Update

The Deep Creek Lake real estate market is heating up! I have lots of new listings. Vacation rental rates are low, so it is a great time to plan a weekend getaway and shop for homes.

March & April Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Hiking & Snowshoeing Tours
Saturdays thru Mid-April, 10AM-Noon
Head out with the local guides from All Earth Eco Tours to explore Swallow Falls State Park.

Indoor Flea Market & Crafts
March 17, 8AM-3PM, Ag Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! This indoor yard sale is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Mt. State Brewing Company
March 17, 5-9PM
Celebrate with corned beef & cabbage, drink specials, contests and bagpipers at 6PM!
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15 Things To Do at Deep Creek Lake for Families

15 things to do at Deep Creek Lake for families is your guide to some of the area’s best activities and attractions. They offer something for all ages throughout each season.When you search for Deep Creek Lake real estate, the outdoor lifestyle comes along with it. That is just one of the aspects that makes the area so desirable. From teens to toddlers, I’ve got you covered with some personal favorites and inside tips too.

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1. Deep creek lake state park

Garrett County has seven state parks total. I encourage you to explore them all! However, a trip Deep Creek Lake State Park can be a leisurely or as active as you like. Spending a day lounging at the sandy beach is one of my favorite things to do at Deep Creek Lake. Picnic tables dot the shaded shoreline. The roped-off swimming area keeps the kids within sight. During the summer months, their are lifeguards on duty.

Wisp Resort rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboards from the beach hut. It is fun to explore the quiet cove that’s just around the corner from the beach.

Perfect for little ones, the Discovery Center has hands-on exhibits that highlight the area’s history and environment.  Every weekend they have special programs. Check their schedule for activities that include aviary tours, butterfly walks, making pinecone birdfeeders and more. Park naturalists also lead hikes if you are looking for something a little more adventurous.

2. Splash Island Inflatable water park

Located at Will O the Wisp, this is a summertime must-do! Splash Island at Deep Creek Lake is a water-based obstacle course. Play on their floating volleyball court, inflatable slides, jungle gym and a hamster wheel. They are open June 15-September 15. Continue reading 15 Things To Do at Deep Creek Lake for Families

Monkey Business Adventure Park Deep Creek Lake

Monkey Business Adventure Park at Deep Creek Lake opened for business in September 2017. It offers ziplines and aerial obstacles for almost every member of the family. Also, it is operated by the same folks that own Splash Island, fun for all ages is guaranteed!

Monkey Business Adventure Park

Open year round (weather permitting), Monkey Business Adventure Park is a fantastic addition to the Deep Creek Lake area. You can ride on ziplines and tackle aerial challenges with lake views in the background. Continue reading Monkey Business Adventure Park Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Summer Events

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In addition to boating, swimming and fishing, Deep Creek summer events are a favorite reason to visit the area. Favorite happenings like the July 4th fireworks are a tradition for many families, but there are also some great new events for 2017.

Grantsville Days
June 23-25, Town of Grantsville
Get a taste of small town charm! A parade, music, food, crafts, and a barbecue are just a few of the highlights.

Garrett County Gran Fondo
June 24
Cyclists ride a challenging course that winds throughout the county.

Bear Creek Traders Mini Tent Sale
Fri. & Sat. June 23 & 24 9-8, Sun. June 25 9-6, Mon.-Wed. June 26-28 9-7
Bear Creek Traders is next to Shop N Save in McHenry, and they are ending the month of June with big savings on lots of great items.

Fast & Furriest 5K Fun Run
July 1, Registration begins at 7:30AM
Head to the dog park next to HART for Animals for this first annual fun run that supports the rescue efforts of HART. Continue reading Deep Creek Summer Events