State Park Spotlight: Deep Creek Lake State Park

 

A favorite summer destination, Deep Creek Lake State Park is home to endless outdoor adventures on water and on land.  It’s a popular spot throughout all four seasons, but it truly shines in the summertime.

If you are at Deep Creek this summer, grab your floats and flip-flops and head to the sandy beach at Deep Creek Lake State Park.  It’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon swimming, picnicking, and enjoying the view.  Tables, grills, restrooms, and a bathhouse are all available for you to use.  If you’re vacationing with a larger group, you may want to consider reserving one of the pavilions in advance.  Lifeguards are on duty at the designated swimming area from 10AM-6PM Memorial Day through Labor Day. deep_creek_lake_state_park

Wisp Resort operates the concession stand at the state park where you can get ice cream, cold drinks, and snacks.  You can also rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board from them.  Continue reading State Park Spotlight: Deep Creek Lake State Park

Deep Creek Lake Area Fishing – A Favorite Spring Activity

 

During the spring months, Deep Creek Lake area fishing opportunities abound!

Fishing is as much about the catch as it is about experiencing the outdoors. Garrett County’s miles of cold mountain rivers, lakes and streams have made it a favorite fishing destination. You can take a boat out on the lake, wade into a fast flowing stream or head to one of the area’s many state parks that offer fishing.

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With 3,900 acres to explore, Deep Creek Lake supports a wide variety of desirable game fish. It is best known for its large and smallmouth bass fishery. Other common species include: walleye, brown and rainbow trout, chain pickerel, northern pike and yellow perch.

Tips for successful Deep Creek Lake fishing: Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Area Fishing – A Favorite Spring Activity

Plenty to do @ Deep Creek State Park!

Zach enjoying the beach!
We here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales do our best to try to find the ideal vacation home for our guests. While most guests want lakefront homes, others prefer to be on top of the mountain admiring the breathtaking lake views. In this case, they may have to drive to their lake access. While there are many great area beaches throughout Garrett County that they can choose from, one of our favorites is the Deep Creek State Park. With over a mile of sandy shoreline, the park is equipped with picnic tables, grills, shelters (these are great to rent if you have a larger group), a bathhouse, and bathroom facilities making it a great place to spend with the family. This is also where the boat launch is if you bring your own boat to use during your stay. The beach area is very clean and never seems to get crowded so it’s nice for families with smaller children. I usually suggest planning a visit and staying the whole day. The Deep Creek Discovery Center is next door and a wonderful place to bring the children to learn about the natural and cultural resources of our area. Park Naturalists are there using interpretive and fun programs to show a wide range of activities. A list of programs for the month is posted on the bulletin board or you can go directly to the park’s website. http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/deepcreek.aspx.  They even do evening bonfires which are a lot of fun!
 
Wisp Resort is also there offering morning, afternoon, and sunset paddleboard tours! Paddleboarding is one of the newest crazes to hit Deep Creek. Many of our staff members have tried it and give it a big thumbs up! Wisp also offers kayak rentals as well. One of the best memories you will have of Deep Creek Lake is taking one day to enjoy it by kayaking in the early mornings. The tranquil setting of cutting across the glass like surface and embracing Mother Nature is not one you will soon forget! So, if you are visiting our area and looking for a place that you and the family can enjoy the lake, we highly recommend Deep Creek State Park!

 
 

It’s not too late to plan a last minute trip to Deep Creek so call today and we will do our best to help you find that perfect home. Many of our homes are now offering the partial week long stay so if you were concerned because you couldn’t get away for a full week, we have taken care if that problem for you. Give us a call 1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.comand let us help you plan that much deserved escape! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

 

Fall, Food, & Fun!

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Today is one of those “Wow” kind of Deep Creek days!  Clear blue skies and comfortable 70’s kind of weather. The lake is sparkling and the trees are still full, lush and bright green. September is one of my all-time favorite months! The air starts getting crisp in the evening, perfect for bonfires! Kids settle back into school, everything and everyone starts slowing down just a bit and let’s not forget football season! It’s the best time to gather with friends and family for an extended weekend getting away. “But what is there to do now?” What isn’t there to do? Give us a call at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and we will help you out. (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com)  If you’re lucky enough to be in the area this weekend, stop by the Garrett County Fair Grounds and check out the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival that is being held there this weekend. A simple fee of $25 gets you into the festival where you get to enjoy wine samplings, live entertainment, various vendors selling various forms of their art, and kid’s activities. Beat the line and stop by our office and purchase your tickets there!

Deep Creek Discovery Center is beginning their “First Late Summer” Canoe tours this Saturday. Take a leisurely paddle through mountain cove with one of their naturalist! A superb way to celebrate your Saturday. Call soon as space is limited! 301-387-7067

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations would also like to give a huge shout out and heartfelt thank you to Fred and Christine from The Historic Stone House Restaurant & Country Inn for providing us with a scrumptious catered lunch today! Located in Farmington, PA, The Historic Stone House is a mere 30 minutes from Deep Creek Lake and they offer a full lunch and dinner menu that has something to offer everyone! If nothing else, stop by and check out their bar menu which features over 20 different beers on tap; the perfect place for catching all of the NFL action (or in this case Steeler Football!) I would have loved to add a picture of all of the delicious food they brought but this hungry crew dug in before I was given a chance! Smoked brisket, chicken and pulled pork went perfectly on the fresh made rolls. Fresh made coleslaw, potato salad and everyone’s favorite homemade creamy mac-n-cheese were also part of the menu. Absolutely wonderful food! Again, thank you so much, we loved it! http://www.stonehouseinn.com/dining  In the meantime, the mountains are calling and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Still Snowing!



Husky Power Dogsledding!



Driving by our office here on Rt.219, our flashing sign suggests that you should “Think Snow!” Apparently, many people did, as we continue to have the wonderful fluffy stuff falling down. Wisp is still going strong as are other winter activities in our area. As I mentioned previously, snow- shoeing tours are an excellent family activity. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours does these as well as cross country skiing. Definitely worth checking out. (www.allearthecotours.com or call them 1-800-446-7554) Another fun activity to check out is Husky Power dogsledding! (http://www.huskypowerdogsledding.com/  or call them 1-301-746-7200) Here you get the thrilling opportunity to be pulled by a team of Siberian huskies! You will get to visit the kennels and pet and play with the pups! Demonstrations are given on how the sleds work, how the huskies play, live, train and more. Best of all is the excitement of whisking through the trails while being led by the dog team. A Deep Creek must do!



Ice Fishing @ Deep Creek Lake!



Speaking of snow and winter, here are some fun facts about Garrett County:
v Did you know that we receive nearly double the snowfall of Fairbanks, Alaska?
v The average ice cover of the lake in mid-winter is 18 inches thick? (Ice fishing is also a very popular winter activity!)
v Speaking of fishing, did you know that there are 26 different fish species in Deep Creek Lake?
v The average winter temperature here is 29° F? (After a day of playing outside, it’s nice to come in and warm up in front of a crackling fireplace!
Heading into March, it’s still the perfect time to come and visit us here in the mountains. Call in and speak to any one of our Reservationist here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (www.deepcreekvacations.com or call 1-866-351-1119 and we will happily assist you in finding the perfect home to accommodate you and your family and friends. Now is also the time to start thinking “Summer”! Imagine enjoying hot summer days swimming and playing from your lakefront home! Have special needs or amenities that you desire with your home? No problem as all of our Reservationists are very familiar with each home and the location so we can help answer any questions that you may have. If by chance, we don’t know, we will find out for you! The snow continues to fall, the air is wonderfully crisp and we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A Bucket of Fun!!

Last week we were blessed with a family gathering of my father-in-law and nephews. Bright sunny days and warm temperatures made our decision to spend several days cooling off by swimming in the lake an easy one. Now, where would one go to entertain 4 extra- rambunctious little boys? Easy! Deep Creek State Park, of course. With over a mile of shoreline surrounding the park, guests can swim, fish, or launch their boat. Offering a host of amenities such as picnic tables, charcoal grills, pavilions, and bathroom facilities make the park a great place to spend the entire day. The beach area is sandy with a small pebble bottom, perfect for swimming. They also have a volleyball/ basketball court and some playground equipment that the boys loved playing on.

The park also offers some amazing hiking trails that range from modern too difficult. Pets are permitted on the trails as long as they are on a leash. Guests can pick up a trail guide at the Park Headquarters or purchase one online. Accessible all four seasons, the trails are often used for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain bike riding.

Interesting fact about the park is that it is also 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. The mine was started as a dream by two local pioneers, Delphia White & George Beckman. It was in the early 1920’s when Deep Creek Lake was still in its planning stages. Delphia purchased 40 acres of land which he believed to be perfect for mining. In 1925, the dam was plugged and the terrain changed drastically. Unfortunately, by 1926, the mining had taken its toll on both men and they fell ill and passed away due to chronic lung disease. Their legend still lives on, however, as visitors, hikers, and history lovers can visit “Old Brant Mine” and learn more details of the history of the mine.

Pack up the cooler, gather the kids, and head to the state park for full day of fun activities. (Our boys had so much fun that they crashed out quite early, an added bonus for the adults!) We are still offering some fantastic last minute deals on our vacation rentals, so call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations (1-866-351-1119) or go online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) to view all of our homes. Mountain memories are waiting to be made and we can’t wait to see you @ the lake!