Deep Creek Lake celebrates its 95th anniversary of existence in 2020! Maryland’s largest freshwater lake is loved by many and has an interesting history. Deep Creek Lake encompasses about 3900 acres with ~65 miles of shoreline. This man-made lake got its start in 1925 as the result of an effort undertaken by the Youghiogheny Hydro Electric Corporation to harness the power of the Youghiogheny River. A 1300-foot-long impoundment dam was constructed to stem the flow of water. Thousands upon thousands of trees were removed from the area to be flooded and 15 miles of primary and secondary roads were relocated. It was estimated that it would take close to 6 months to fill the new reservoir, but heavy rains and snowfall quickened the process to only a couple of months.Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Celebrates 95 Years in 2020!
The best part of any vacation is spending quality time with family & friends. Deep Creek Lake holiday vacations are the perfect way to get away from it all & to reconnect with your favorite people.
Thanksgiving at Deep Creek
Thanksgiving traditionally centers around family making it ideal for a trip to the mountains. November’s crisp air creates the perfect fall vibe. Choose a Deep Creek vacation home with a fireplace, and spend cozy nights playing board games. During the day, the outdoorsy types can bundle up to explore hiking trails at area state parks.
Making a traditional Thanksgiving feast is easy. Place an order with Destination Grocers prior to arrival, and you can have all of your groceries delivered the day you check in. There are also options that take the stress out of preparing a big meal. Arrowhead Market offers homemade meals with all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. You can also get a fully prepared dinner from Wisp Resort. Be sure to get your orders in early. If you want to dine out, many local restaurants will have holiday menus as well.
Lots of people are curious about Deep Creek Lake. As a lifelong resident and experienced sales agent, I put together some popular questions along with the answers. If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the area, you can contact me, Betsy Spiker Holcomb, at email@example.com or 301-616-5022.
How big is Deep Creek Lake?
The lake has 65 miles of shoreline and covers 3,900 acres. That makes it Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. The average depth is about 26 feet. The deepest point is 72 feet.
What is the elevation of the mountains around Deep Creek?
The area’s average elevation is 2,300 feet above sea level. Backbone Mountain, Maryland’s Highest point, is located in Garrett County. It reaches 3,360 feet above sea level. The lake itself is about 2,455 above sea level.
What are some Deep Creek Lake activities?
There are almost too many to list! Outdoor recreation includes: boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, skiing, snow tubing, sledding, cross country skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, white water rafting, golf, biking, wake boarding, ziplines and much more.
More leisurely options include: antique shops, a movie theater, museums, historic sites, restaurants, specialty stores, farmer’s markets and simply enjoying the view. Continue reading 10 Fun Facts About Deep Creek Lake
On a rainy day at Deep Creek, you might need some ideas to keep your crew entertained. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! You won’t hear “I’m bored” if you check out some of the options on our list.
Ideas for a Rainy Day at Deep Creek
Deep Creek Funzone – This spot is a “must do” no matter what the weather. Their indoor offerings include an arcade that is packed with favorite games. They also have an expanded lazer tag arena. You can also take advantage of “eat and play” combos to save on meals at the attached restaurant.
Escape Games at Wisp Resort – Use teamwork to solve puzzles with clues, hints and strategy to “escape” the room in a certain amount of time. The theme of the game changes seasonally, so there is always something new. Keep in mind, reservations are required.
Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park – Truly enjoyable for all ages, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind educational venue. There are hands-on exhibits that focus on the natural resources of Western Maryland. Families can learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage of the area. Naturalists also lead a variety of indoor programs that often include crafts for the kids. Check their schedule to find out what’s happening during your stay.
Deep Creek Lake September events offer a reason to visit every weekend! This is a quieter time of year when you feel like you have the lake all to yourself. With the busy summer season behind us, the area takes on a leisurely pace that is ideal for relaxation with friends and family.
As an added bonus, you can take advantage of September specials! Get a lake front location and lots of fun amenities for less!
Deep Creek Lake September Events
Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival
September 7, Noon-6PM, Garrett County Fairgrounds
With more than 200 wineries, lots of craft brews and area artists on-hand, this is a favorite late summer event. It supports both HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Plus, there is great food, live music and activities for the kids. Plan a stay with Taylor-Made, and you can get discounted tickets too!
2019 AYCE Crab and Shrimp Feast
September 7, 3-9PM, Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department
A limited number of tickets are available for this fun event that is the perfect follow-up to the Art, Wine & Beer Festival. Come out to show your support for the Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Department! Continue reading Deep Creek Lake September Events and Vacation Specials
Our Deep Creek Donut guide gives you the scoop on sweet breakfast treats at the lake! There are several spots where you can grab some goodies to take back to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental home. These spots are loved by locals and visitors alike!
Deep Creek Donut Spots
Deep Creek Donuts
20294 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550
Using a vanilla cake donut base, they have a lots of options on their menu. You can also choose from dozens of toppings to create your own. Located right next door to the popular Lakeside Creamery, you can eat fresh, hot donuts outside at the picnic tables that overlook the lake. They are open 7 days a week during the summer from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Glazed & Confuzed Donuts
24450 Garrett Highway, McHenry, Maryland
Glazed & Confuzed is a far out food truck serving donuts and hot coffee in Funland’s parking lot. Their extensive menu includes far out options like the “Wild Thang” (maple glaze with bacon) and the “Lake Monster” (vanilla glaze with crushed Oreos). Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. during the summer only. Continue reading Deep Creek Donut Guide – Start Your Morning Right!
Wolf Den Run State Park opened in mid-July of 2019! It is Garrett County’s eighth state park. It is a great addition to our public lands. Totaling over 2,000 acres, it will give you lots more scenery to explore. When it was privately owned, it was used for off-road vehicles (ORVs). The existing trails are being improved when possible and new trails are being developed too. As a state park, it will be open for ORVs, hiking, hunting and fishing.
The park is named after a stream within the park boundaries named Wolf Den Run. It goes back to a 1901 Maryland Geological Survey Map of Garrett County dated. The stream flows through the northern section and into the Potomac River.
Huckleberry Rocks Area
This is the first section of Wolf Den Run State Park to open. Trail improvements have been made, and visitors are welcome with reservations. There are 12.5 miles of trails. Of that, 6.5 miles can be used for full-sized vehicles.
There is a limit of 50 machines per day. You can contact Herrington Manor State Park to reserve your spot. Keep in mind that you do need to have an ORV sticker to ride.
Discover what’s new at Deep Creek Lake! We have started compiling our 2019 list of new businesses in the Deep Creek Lake area. Check back often for updates!
The next time you are in town, stop by one of these fine establishments:
Deep Creek Axe Throwing Company
Open year round, this is a fun way to test your aim! It is kind of like playing darts but with axes! Located at Monkey Business Adventure Park, it is available to ages eight and up.
Deep Creek Water Trampolines
If your staying at one of our homes with a private dock, you can have your own private water trampoline that will keep the kids smiling for ours! It is a great addition to your lakefront activities. Give them a call at 301-501-5195 to make reservations and schedule delivery!
Located in Oakland’s historic downtown, Sipside serves up classic cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. Live weekend entertainment and a cool atmosphere make it a great spot to hang-out with friends.
Centrally located at the Fort in McHenry, you will find everything from restorative to high intensity classes, women’s gatherings, blacklight yoga, dance, and a variety of other wellness workshops!
If you haven’t made your vacation plans, search now for the best summer selection. Don’t miss out!
A Deep Creek Lake summer road trip is the perfect opportunity to escape to the mountains for a little R&R. It is a getaway that is less than 3 hours from Baltimore and Washington, DC and less than 2 hours from Pittsburgh. The convenient location, natural beauty and abundant recreation make it the ideal destination for a long weekend away.
Deep Creek Lake Summer Road Trip Savings
We are offering a FREE summer night when you plan a trip arriving now through August 23, 2019. You can use the money you save to treat your family to fun activities or great food at local restaurants.
The offer includes:
– Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night FREE*
– A $25 gift card for Smiley’s Pizzeria will be at the home when you arrive
– Get 1 FREE Deep Creek Adventure Package per child Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Summer Road Trip – Less Than 3 Hours from Baltimore & DC!
Deep Creek Lake kid’s camps offer something to keep all ages entertained! Whether you own a home at the lake or are vacationing with your kids/grandkids, they may enjoy making new friends at one of CARC’s Adventure, Music or Athletic Camps. The camps begin June 17th and run through August 16th and are for children ages 6-12. You can sign up for a full day or AM half day.
Deep Creek Lake Kid’s Camps at the CARC
The Great Garrett Adventure Camp lineup this summer 2019 can be found here and includes everything from an All Star Camp, Mythical Monsters & Mayhem, American Ninja Camper, Junior Chef, Water Water Everywhere, From A to Zoo and Who Done It. The Music, Athletic and Adventure Sports Camps have not been announced yet but typically include a baseball and basketball camp and more. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Kid’s Camps 2019 Guide