Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan
In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the land underlying Deep Creek Lake, buffer zone properties and certain other parcels from General Public Utility, Inc. (GPU), for $17 million. During its' 2000 session, as the sale was being finalized, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to guide future management of Deep Creek Lake and established a Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board (PRB).
Deep Creek Lake Natural Resource Management Area lies just west of the Allegheny Front on a large plateau known as the Tablelands or Allegany Highlands. It lies west of the Eastern Continental Divide and within the Mississippi River watershed. The lake was created in 1925 when the Deep Creek project was constructed by the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company. At full pool, Deep Creek with 65 miles of shoreline has a surface area of 3900 acres with a storage volume of approximately 106,000 acre-ft. at the 2462 elevation level. The lake’s drainage is 64.7 square miles. Currently the water withdrawal from the lake is permitted for the Deep Creek power station and other limited purposes.
The lake management office is located on Brant Road just past the park headquarters. Information about buffer strip use and lake regulations can be obtained by calling 301-387-4111. Annual permits for use of waters of the lake and shoreline are issued to property owners who adjoin the State property. The State property around the lake is commonly called the buffer strip.
DNR Warns Of Unlicensed Tree Companies
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds homeowners to make sure that anyone they hire for tree trimming or removal is a Maryland Licensed Tree Expert.Read a recent press release regarding this issue.
Resource Assessment Presentations
To view presentations made at the July 23, 2012 Policy and Review Board meeting, "click" on the links below.
- 2012 SAV Work
- 2012 Preliminary Sediment Report
- 2012 Marcellus Shale Water Quality Data Collection
- 2012 DNR's Stream Monitoring Program
Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board - the PRB
The PRB is charged with advising the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on matters relating to lake fees, budget and management. In addition, the PRB and DNR were mandated to issue a Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan by June 2001 that provides for the wise use, protection and management of the natural and recreational resources of Deep Creek Lake. The Executive Summary and the Plan are available by "clicking" on the links below.
- Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board Members
- Executive Summary
- Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan
- Subcommittee Reports
Questions, comments and communications for the Policy and Review Board may be directed to DeepCreekLakePRB@dnr.state.md.us or to the Policy and Review Board, Deep Creek Lake Management Office, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, Maryland 21561.
- Click here for regulatory and land use information, and lake permit applications if you own property around Deep Creek Lake.
- Click here for the DNR Water Quality Monitoring slideshow presented to the Deep Creek Lake Propery Owners Association in August 2011.
Boating at Deep Creek
The boat launch facility is open most of the year except when winter weather or ice conditions prohibit access. 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 the boaters of Maryland the necessary information to operate a vessel safely. "Click here" for Boating Safety Education classes sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.
West of the Divide
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 Hydroelectric Company.
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.
Water Quality Reports
- 1990 - Feller Report Comparison
- 1995 - Pennsylvania Electric Company Annual Report
- 2007 - USGS Report
- 2009 - DCL Water Monitoring Program
- 2009 - Center for Watershed Projection and Monitoring Study
- 2012 Water Quality Monitoring Survey
- Deep Creek Lake Preliminary Sediment Accumulation Study.
- Deep Creek Lake Baseline Assessment Report
Deep Creek Lake NRMA
- Ice Dangers and Safety
- Public Safety on Deep Creek Lake
- Deep Creek Lake Map
- Water Appropriation
- Boating Resource Guide
- PWC Resource Guide
- SAV Resource Guide
- Shoreline Stabilization
- Park Reservations
- Statewide Volunteer Opportunities
- Deep Creek NRMA Volunteer Opportunities
- Boating accident or reckless activity
- Fish kill or algal bloom
- Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
- Illegal fishing activity
- Public sewer leak or overflow
- Oil or hazardous material spill
- Critical area or wetlands violation
- Suspicious or unusual activity
Call 1-877-224-7229 to report any of the following:
LocationDirections to Deep Creek Lake:
- From Pittsburgh: Take I-79 south to I-68 east. 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 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.
Deep Creek Lake State Park
898 State Park Road
Swanton, Maryland 21561
Contact Deep Creek NRMA
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to Sunset
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.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us