Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Meadow Mountain Cove
Deep Creek Lake State Park, 301-387-5563
Garrett County
Launch and Takeout Site Discovery Center launch area on State Park Road
Hours of operation are sunrise to sunset year round
Distance 2.5 miles
Time Three hours
Water Conditions Flatwater
Skill Level Novice
Suitable For Families? Yes (with older children able to paddle)
Hazards/Restrictions Open water stretch can leave paddlers vulnerable during windy conditions.
Morning trips recommended.
Potable Water Available at the Discovery Center
Natural Features One of Maryland's largest freshwater ecosystems
Freshwater marshes
Forested uplands
Osprey nesting platform
Great birding opportunities
Abundant wildflowers and wetland plants
Historic/Cultural Features Huge stumps that are remnants of the giant chestnut and oak trees that once stood where the lake is today.
Meadow Mountain is the area where one can find an historical coal mine and information of its inhabitants, George Beckman and Delphia Brant.
Camping Deep Creek Lake State Park, 1-888-432-2267
Private campgrounds in the area
Other Points of Interest Meadow Mountain hiking trails and historic coal mine
Man-made dam on Deep Creek Lake
Other Accommodations Bed and breakfasts, rental homes, hotels and motels, cabins and campgrounds in the area
Fees or Permits Service charge for naturalist-led canoe trip during summer hours
Description Meadow Mountain Run is a small, non-tidal arm of Deep Creek Lake, located in the central portion of the lake. Paddlers will enjoy the cove's secluded marsh and the mature upland forest of mixed hardwood and hemlocks rimming its banks. Meadow Mountain Cove and Deep Creek Lake is owned and protected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This public lake boasts 65 miles of shoreline, 3,900 acres of water, public boat launches, and a state park with a mile of beach.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Spare paddles
  • Knee pads
  • Hat
  • Water