Garrett CountyDeep Creek Lake State Park898 State Park RoadSwanton, Maryland 21561
From Pittsburgh: Take I-79 south to I-68 east. Exit 4 (Route 219 South Deep Creek Lake). Continue on Route 219 South for 18 miles. Turn left onto Glendale Road. Continue on Glendale Road for one mile, crossing over the Glendale Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Continue on State Park Road for one mile until you see the information sign for the state park facilities.
From Washington, D.C.: Take 270 north to I-70 west to I-68 west. Exit 14A (Route 219 South Deep Creek Lake). Continue on Route 219 South for 18 miles. Turn left onto Glendale Road. Continue on Glendale Road for one mile, crossing over the Glendale Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Continue on State Park Road for one mile until you see the information sign for the state park facilities.
From Baltimore: Take I-70 west to I-68 west. Exit 14A (Route 219 South Deep Creek Lake). Continue on Route 219 South for 18 miles. Turn left onto Glendale Road. Continue on Glendale Road for one mile, crossing over the Glendale Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Continue on State Park Road for one mile until you see the information sign for the state park facilities.
8 a.m. to Sunset
Main gate closed during snowmobile season (Dec. 15-March 15). Parking available at Discovery Center.
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
The boat launch area at Deep Creek Lake State Park is open 24 hours a day weather permitting. Overnight slip use is available only to DCL State Park campers on a first come, first serve basis. Visitors should be prepared to pay the launch ramp fee each time the ramp is used or display a valid lake use permit or MD State Park pass in the windshield. Several types of passes are valid at this state park boat ramp.
Fishing is generally good on the lake with stocked
trout, walleye, bass, and yellow perch being the most abundant. A
service charge for use of the ramp applies to all making use of the
facility. A Maryland State Park passport (annual pass to all Maryland
State Parks) is recommended.
Purchase a State Park Passport here.
Boating Safety Education classes provide the boaters of Maryland the necessary information to operate a vessel safely.
View Boating Safety Education classes sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.
Car top boat launching - The boat launch facility is designed for use
by motorized vessels. It is often a very busy place on warm summer
days. Visitors who bring their personal kayak, canoe or sailboard to the
park should access the waterfront through the park entrance gate
(service charge applies during all seasons) and launch at the “soft
launch” provided near the beach area. Signs directing visitors to the
“car top” boat launch are posted just inside the entrance gate.
of the parks visitor services are located on State Park Road along the
waterfront of Deep Creek Lake. The park includes approximately 1 mile of
shoreline on this, Maryland's largest man-made lake. Access is
available for fishing, swimming, and boat launching. Several picnic
areas offer excellent views of the lake with easy access to the beach
and other facilities.
Park Headquarters is located at the intersection of Brant and State
Park Roads. Information can be obtained here during business hours
Monday through Friday. If you need emergency assistance, call the
Maryland Park Service communication center at 1-800-825-7275 or dial
911. General park information can be obtained at 301-387-5563. The
Discovery Center can be reached at 301-387-7067 during business hours.
Interpretive programs, consisting of evening campfire programs, and
talks and hikes on the natural and cultural resources of the park, are
led by a park naturalist and are available at various times throughout
the year and by special request. Activity schedules are posted on
bulletin boards throughout the park and at the Discovery Center.
Meadow Mountain offers opportunities for hiking. Trail difficulties
range from moderate to difficult. A trail guide is available at Park
Headquarters and at the Discovery Center or you may purchase one
on-line. Pets are allowed on trails and must be kept on a leash. Four
season opportunities exist for mountain biking, cross country skiing
Picnicking is available in the park's waterfront area (a service
charge applies). Tables, grills, shelters, a bathhouse and restrooms are
available to use by visitors. Shelters must be reserved in advance for a
fee. Swimming is allowed in designated swimming areas which are
adjacent to the sandy beaches. Lifeguards are on duty daily at the
designated swimming area from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day
weekend through Labor Day. Guarded beach hours are subject to change due
to weather and staffing limitations.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park. A special permit
to allow for consumption of alcoholic beverages at a reserved picnic
shelter may be applied for and received prior to an activity scheduled
to be held in a reserved shelter. Alcohol Special Permits are available
only through the MD State Park reservation system. The day use area of
the park closes at sunset. All park visitors must leave the beach,
picnic and shelter areas by sunset.
Meadow Mountain campground has 112 campsites that are
available by reservation from the spring through the fall. Each site is
conveniently located near heated restroom facilities complete with hot
showers. Twenty-six sites offer 30 amp electric service. The campground
is older and designed with narrow, one way roadways. Site selection is
very limited for larger RV’s and camp units measuring over 30’ in
length. A dump station located at the entrance of the campground is
available for use by registered self-contained units.
The campground also offers several interesting options to bringing
your own tent. The Bear Den is a three sided Adirondak-style shelter
with the open side facing out into the forest. Two mini-camper cabins
and a Yurt (a canvas sided round tent on a raised platform with a queen
size bed) are located in an open setting at the top of the campground.
Each of these types of camp lodgings is very popular.
A few notes of special interest: The maximum length
of stay in the campground is 2 weeks. Pets are permitted in certain
designated loops. Some years black bear sightings are common in the
campground. Campers are reminded to keep their camp site clean at all
times by promptly and properly disposing of trash and storing all food
items securely in a hard sided vehicle or trailer. Campsites measure 24’
x 24’ and are supplied with a picnic table, fire ring, lantern post and
a metal food storage locker with 24 cubic feet of storage space -
enough room to store two standard size coolers and some dry goods.
Click View camping season beginning and ending dates, and camping and shelter service charges.
Tips for camping in black bear country: Bears
frequent our campground. Here are a few simple reminders to help keep
you and the bears safe and ensure that you have an enjoyable stay.
Hunting is permitted in the park's backcountry areas during regulated
hunting seasons. The managed hunting areas are posted and applicable
regulations including license requirements apply. Be sure to consult
your Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping for
season dates and bag limits. Hunters can access the hunting area one
hour before sunrise and must exit the area no later than one hour past
Nestled along the shores of Deep Creek Lake at Deep Creek Lake State Park, the Deep Creek Discovery Center is
an educational and interpretive center for people of all ages to enjoy
and learn. Through hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources
of Western Maryland, families can learn about the flora and fauna,
wildlife, cultural and historical heritage that have turned this former
logging and coal mining region into a popular modern day vacation
Check out the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center Schedule of Events.
A new map of the trails at Deep Creek Lake State Park can be
downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the
printing instructions and information for how to download the file to
cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.
Deep Creek Lake offers several accessible campsites, available by
reservation. The waterfront area offers some accessible restrooms. An
accessible fishing pier is located next to the park's boat ramp
facility. There are two parking spaces designated for handicapped use in
close proximity to the fishing pier. For additional accessible
amenities in Maryland State Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
Deep Creek Lake State Park lies just west of the Allegheny Front on a
large plateau known as the Tablelands or Allegany Highlands. Its
location at the southernmost end of Meadow Mountain places it west of
the Eastern Continental Divide and within the Mississippi River
watershed. It gets its name from Deep Creek Lake, a hydroelectric
project constructed on Deep Creek in the 1920's by the Youghiogheny
Man has been associated with the use of this land for thousands
of years. Early nomadic hunters and gatherers, followed by Native
American hunters, roamed through the mountains of Garrett County but
have left little record of their presence. Beginning in the 1700's,
early settlers to the region eked a subsistence existence based on the
utilization of the area's abundant natural resources. The mountains
remained relatively untouched until the turn of the century when massive
logging operations began stripping the land of the virgin red spruce,
hemlock, white pine, and yellow birch forests.
The park is the site of the historic Brant coal mine and homesite,
where a restored mine entrance preserves a typical drift or adit mine.
The mine was worked for several years by the Brant family and supplied
bituminous coal for heating and blacksmithing in the local community.
Over 95% of the park consists of a forest that has regenerated from
the original stands of timber into an excellent example of a maturing
northern hardwood forest. Oaks and hickories are now the dominant
species. Forest wildlife species such as black bear, wild turkey,
bobcat, and white tailed deer have grown in numbers over the past
decades as habitat has been preserved and managed. Small mammals such as
squirrel, chipmunk, raccoon, skunk, and opossum are frequently seen.
The park is also home to numerous plant species, some rare, found on the
The Tableland's weather is quite unique for the region. Many winters
bring over 200 inches of snow and the greening of leafing trees does not
occur until mid May. Summers are characterized by warm days and cool
nights. Autumn comes alive with blasts of color in early to mid October
with clear, crisp days and cold evenings.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit the park, many new
adventures await you. Trails take you into the forest and atop Meadow
Mountain where you can experience your own regeneration and the beauty
and peace of this place. Please take some time to enjoy what nature has
to offer in addition to our recreational opportunities.
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580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401