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 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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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.

things to do at deep creek lake

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

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month
Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Real Estate Agent
Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

January – Winterfest at Wisp

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

February – Oakland WinterfestDeep Creek Dunk/Goosebumps & Grapes

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

March – St. Patty’s Day Mountain State Brewery, Rail Jam at Wisp/Maryland Governors Cup Ski Race

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

April – Garrett County Health Fair, Sunrise Service, CARC Swimming

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

May – Boating Season Kicks Off, Mountain Fresh Farmers Market Kicks Off

June – Taste of Garrett County, Deep Creek’s Got Talent, Grantsville Days, Little Yough Summer Music Festival Kicks Off

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

July – Broadford Park Fireworks, Fire on the Mountain, Accident July 4th Parade, Art in the Park, Garrett County Fair

August – Garrett County Fair (cont.), Country Fest & Auction

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

September – SavageMan 70,  Art & Wine Festival,

Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

October –Fall Foliage,  Springs Festival, Autumn Glory Festival, Great Pumpkin Race @ ASCI,   Deep Creek Lake Events Month by Month

November – Festival of Trees

December – Christmas in the Village @ Penn Alps, A Great Small Town Christmas in Oakland, Garrett Choral Society Christmas Performance, Lighting of Tree @ Uno’s

Wake Surfing-Deep Creek Lake

Wake Surfing-Deep Creek Lake
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
Wake Surfing-Deep Creek Lake
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

Wake Surfing-Deep Creek Lake

 

I love all the great summer sports here at Deep Creek Lake to enjoy! Wakeboarding and paddleboarding have always been my favorite. Having a beach/surfing background, I always wondered what it would be like to try the up and coming wake surfing sport that has been the rage over the last few years. My lucky day came the other day when my brother-in-law, who owns Deep Creek Marina, called me to see if I wanted to try Malibu Boat’s top-of-the-line wake surfing boat. For years I have heard of people trying to use weights, extra people and cargo to make this sought after wave that is big enough to propel a surfer-fabricated wave. Most efforts seemed in vain and the one time I tried there just wasn’t enough juice to keep me gliding.

 

Fast forward to yesterday when I was lucky enough to go out on the state-of-the-art Malibu M235 wakeboard/wake surf boat. This boat was easily the most impressive boat I have ever laid eyes on. Looks are only a small piece to the puzzle though. I wondered as it was being gently launched in the water how it would perform, specifically how big and powerful of a wave it made. I consider myself the ultimate test for this engineer created wave because I am 6’ 7” 270 lbs, which is far heavier than riders it was designed. I brought one of my personal surfboards to try out because I was sure that technology in this sport was not up to par for someone my size. I would need considerable power to propel me on this normally calm lake.

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The ballasts were filled and the gates that make the wave were deployed and the first rider took his place in the water. You basically put your heels on the rails of this mini surfboard/skimboard as the boat is slowly clicked into gear. The pressure of the water moving at idle speed plants the board to your feet. Holding on to a short wakesurf rope, you give the signal that you are ready and the boat guns the throttle. You pull up similar to a wakeboard take off until you stabilize waiting for the wave to take shape. This only takes a few seconds and it’s amazing to feel this fabricated wave swell behind you. It actually curled/tubed for portions of the session.

 

As a new rider, the first thing you have to do is find the vein of the wave. This vein is where the most power is located. There is a speed slot, I’m guessing six inches from the rear platform to about four feet away that provides the best power to surf in. As you are finding this power zone you are still holding on to the rope basically free surfing some and being pulled by the boat. After you find the power, then you throw the rope back to the boat and start surfing! Yeeewwww! Carving up and down the wave and cutting back give you a real and strange sense of surfing. You are connected to the boat by the vacuum of this wave peeling behind you. It feels like you are racing down the wave but it also feels like you are barely moving as you notice the shoreline.

It’s very hard to explain so you’ll have to try for yourself! The adrenaline is at full RPM’s and you immediately feel your legs fatiguing. Most surfers in the ocean crave long waves but when you finally get some you find your legs are not in good enough shape to handle it. Behind a boat this wave becomes perpetual and challenges the most experienced rider’s endurance.

Wake Surfing-Deep Creek Lake

 

I tried my personal shortboard and had a blast screaming behind the boat. Although it was a little large for the wave it was an amazing experience just cruising behind the boat and getting some pumps down the line. There are many different sizes to find the ultimate board to shred on for your body type.  I would highly recommend everyone trying this unique and challenging sport the next time you are hear at the lake. Call Deep Creek Marina at 301-387-6977 for information about boats for sale that are capable of creating this tremendous wave! You’ll be hooked!

Wake Surfing-Deep Creek Lake

Late Summer Activity – Deep Creek Lake

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor

 

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake
Tubing Deep Creek Lake

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake
Fishing and swimming DCL

Late Summer Activity – Deep Creek Lake. Here we are almost two weeks into August and the activity at the lake seems to be in full rpm mode. I took a spin around to get a feel for the number of people here at the lake on a “hump day” Wednesday. I was happily surprised to see people enjoying numerous Deep Creek activities. The summer season is showing no signs of slowing down. It’s fun to see the different ways families enjoy their stay here at Deep Creek Lake.

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake

Cherry Creek Cove had the most activity with folks trying to get out of the breezy mid-point of the lake. I stopped and shot a few photos and became very jealous at all the fun I was missing out on. Families were out on kayaks, paddleboards, water skis, tubes, and jet skis. Smiles and laughter were the mood of the day. Fishing poles were wet, swimmers were being refreshed and boaters were cruising the cove. It all looked like a well synchronized dance.

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake

We are past the 7th inning stretch and heading toward the end of the summer season here at the lake. Don’t throw in the towel just yet and call Taylor-Made Rentals @ 866-351-1119 X-1 for a wonderful rental property. Enjoy an extended week away from the stresses of work. Call Betsy Spiker Holcomb @ 301-616-5022 with any questions you may have regarding lake activities or real estate properties for sale.

Late Summer Activity - Deep Creek Lake

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor

 

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

 

 

 

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

 

  1. Vessels must be 26 feet or less in length, except pontoon boats which may be no greater than 30 feet.
  2. Personal Watercraft are restricted from use between 11 AM and 4 PM on the Saturday, Sunday, and holiday of Memorial Day Weekend and Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays from July 1st through Labor Day.
  3. Personal Watercraft shall not be operated in excess of six knots with 100’ of another vessel, the shore, a bridge, a dock, or person in the water.
  4. Personal Watercraft operators must be 16 years of age and possess a boating safety certificate.
  5. Personal Watercraft operators and passengers must wear an approved personal flotation device.
  6. Vessels shall not be operated in excess of minimum wake speed within 100’ of the shoreline, except to begin towing a skier from a pier or shore (vessel must immediately leave the 100’ area).
  7. Proper navigation lights are required after sunset (rental boats also require navigation lights after sunset).
  8. Vessels towing a skier must remain 100’ from all other vessels, the shore, a bridge, a dock, or person in the water. Towlines must be no longer than 75’. Additionally, an observer above 12 years of age must be on board the vessel.
  9. Individuals being towed on any device must wear a personal flotation device.
  10. There shall be an approved personal flotation device on board and readily accessible for each person on board a vessel. All children under age thirteen (13) on a vessel under 21’

 

 

 

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Factst

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

10 Deep Creek Lake Boating Facts

Fishing Deep Creek Lake Maryland

Fishing Deep Creek Lake Maryland
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor

 

 

 

Fishing Deep Creek Lake Maryland

Fishing Deep Creek Lake Maryland

Fishing Deep Creek Lake Maryland. The alarm clock is not met with as much resistance when you are scheduled for a morning of fishing at Deep Creek Lake. Continue reading Fishing Deep Creek Lake Maryland