Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Deer Creek, between the bridge at Route 24 to one mile south of Rocks State Park, 410-557-7994
Access Parking is available in designated marked pull-offs along Route 24 in Rocks State Park, 19 miles north of I-95, exit 77.
Suitable For Families? Yes
Hazards/Restrictions Anglers aged 16 and over need a freshwater fishing license and trout stamp. Check Maryland regulations for creek limits and times stream is closed for stocking. Live minnows are prohibited as bait.
Potable Water Water and restrooms are available at picnic areas within Rocks State Park during summer seasonal operations.
Natural Features Deer Creek is a Maryland State Scenic Creek that is a popular put and take trout fishing site. Surrounding the creek are hills with mature hardwood forest.
Historic/Cultural Features The former Ma and Pa Railroad bed transverses the creek. This railroad was a route for the dairy industry from 1860's to 1958.
Guiding Backwater Angler provides guided fly fishing for trout, smallmouth bass and panfish (bluegills), 410-329-6821
Camping None
Other Points of Interest Within one hour drive, sections of the following creeks are also stocked with trout: Big Elk Creek, Principio Creek, Little Gunpowder Falls, Big Gunpowder Falls.
Other Accommodations Hotels are available along the I-95 corridor. No bait and tackle shops are available in the immediate area.
Service Charges or Permits $2 per person service charge and fee for freshwater fishing license, which may be purchased at the Bel Air Regional Service Center and some sportings goods stores.
Description Rainbow and brown trout are stocked in the spring on a state scenic creek that meanders through woodland, hills, valleys and farmland.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Hip boots and waders are recommended
  • Fishing bait and tackle
  • Sunscreen