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Recreational Fishing Announcements

Washington County

Beaver Creek Parking Lot Closure

Fly Fishing Only / Catch and Return Area in Washington County

The parking lot on Beaver Creek Road that provided anglers access to the Beaver Creek Fly Fishing Only/Catch and Return Area has changed ownership and anglers can no longer access the stream from this location. Anglers will have to park in the lot by the fly shop on Country Store Lane or the designated lot on Beaver Creek Church Road. The fishing area open to public remains the same. Anglers are reminded that the Beaver Creek trout fishing area is on private property and to be respectful of the landowners property and privacy while fishing.​​​​


Kent County

Stemmer's Run Reservoir Closed to Fishing

The US Army Corp of Engineers has closed their Pearce Creek Property in Cecil County to all recreational activities, which includes closing Stemmers Run Reservoir to fishing. Preparations for upcoming dredging projects are ongoing there and will create safety hazards to the public. Estimated length of closure is 18 months.


Garrett County

Harrington Manor Lake

Due to ongoing construction on the lake's dam, the Herrington Manor Lake level has been temporarily lowered. Swimming will be unavailable until the lake can be brought back up to full pool. Boat rentals and fishing are still permitted, but the area around the construction sites is restricted. Please contact the park office at 301-334-9180 for questions, nearby swimming alternatives, updates and refund inquiries. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Potomac-Garrett State Forest

Effective Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Lostland Run Road Closed for Repairs

MD DNR has contracted with local excavating contractor; Arnold Brothers Equipment Corporation , to carry out much needed road improvement to the Lostland Run Road in the Potomac State Forest in Garrett County. This extensive work will include grading and resurfacing this severely eroded road bed, as well replacement of some 25 failing culvert pipes and associated inlets and outlets. Two temporary work site bridges must be installed to support the heavy equipment and stone truck traffic necessary to complete this work.

This work site is very narrow and steep. For visitor safety as well as the safety of the contractors, the road is closed to public access effective Tuesday, April 12, 2016, and will remain closed until the contracted work is completed and the temporary bridges are removed. The term of the contract is 365 days, though water crossing permits limit culvert work between May 1 and October 1st.

Limited weekend access may be permitted as work site conditions allow. As a courtesy to sportsmen and women, the contractor has agreed to make every attempt at having the road passable and open to the public on the weekends beginning, Fridays at 5:00 p.m. through Sundays at sunset. Day use only, no camping will be permitted in Lostland Area through the term of the contract during these hours.

While this much needed road work comes at an inconvenient time, with the trout fishing season just opening up and spring turkey hunting season fast upon us (the Youth Hunt begins on April 16 and regular season opens Monday the 18th.) State Forest Visitors are encouraged to visit other areas of the State Forest to take advantage of the many hunting and fishing opportunities found here. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve public access to your State Forest.​​