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Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the state of Maryland. It spans over 3,900 acres and has approx. 69 miles of shoreline. It is a man-made lake that was constructed in the 1920's for hydro-electric power generation. The lake is now owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The lake is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish and aquatic birds, and is a year round retreat for sportsmen, boaters, vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
Power boats and jet skis are permitted, though you can always find a quiet place to launch a canoe, kayak or water board. Summer water sports include swimming, tubing, water skiing and wakeboarding. The lake freezes in the winter - an average thickness of 18 inches - and is great for ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and even snowmobiling. DCL is home to a diverse range of fish - bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch, bluegill, rainbow & brown trout and pickerel.
Wisp Ski & Golf Resort
Wisp is a 4 season vacation destination. It is easily the largest ski resort in Maryland with over 132 acres of skiable terrain, as well as a vertical drop of 700 feet. The elevation of Marsh Mountain is 3,115 feet. In addition to winter activities, the resort also has an 18 hole championship golf course at the base of the mountain - one of Golf magazine's top 100 in the Mid-Atlantic.
Available year-round, the 'Mountain Coaster' at is "a gravitational hybrid of an Alpine Slide and a Roller Coaster" - the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic! The resort also features many activities for people of all ages - outdoor adventure sports, scenic chair-lift rides, mountain-biking, Flying Squirrel canopy tours, and many more activities!
Over 90,000 acres of state land, and some of the most interesting and breathtaking scenery you can imagine: lakes, waterfalls, rivers, rocks, and subartic swamps. Our parks & forests include: Deep Creek Lake State Park, Swallow Falls State Park & Muddy Creek Falls, Big Run State Park, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Garrett State Forest, Herrington Manor State Park, New Germany State Park, Potomac State Forest, and Savage River State Forest. In addition, some of our public waterways include the Potomac river, Youghiogheny river, Savage river & reservoir, Yough lake, Casselman river, Broadford Lake, and Jennings Randolph Lake.
Four Season Resort
There is nothing better than finding a vacation spot that offers year round enjoyment. That's what makes Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County so special - and unique. This rare combination of clear mountain lakes, white water rivers, pristine parks and snow-covered slopes offers a spectacular variety of activities, events & recreation for everyone - and for all seasons!
Garrett County has more publicly owned land than any other county in the state - 90,000 acres of parks, lakes, and publicly accessible forestland. The Garrett County great outdoors boast freshwater fishing, native trout fly-fishing streams, massive stands of state forests, protected wildlife areas, hiking, backpacking & trail networks, waterfalls, world class white water rivers and more places to camp under the stars than you could ever imagine!
History & Heritage
Saving the best for last! In 1872, Garrett County was the last Maryland county to be formed. It was named for
John Work Garrett
, who served as president of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
. The county developed, thanks in large part, to the construction of the
in 1851-1852. The railroad opened up the area that would become Garrett County. The population grew quickly, and the towns of
sprang up during this time as commercial mining and timber centers.
The railroads also were responsible for building large summer resorts in the beautiful mountain areas - like Mountain Lake Park. The rich and the famous of the day were often found in Garrett County during this time period recreating. President Grover Cleveland and his wife spent their honeymoon at the Deer Park Resort in 1886.
There are 20
National Register of Historic Places
properties and districts, including
Casselman Bridge, National Road
National Historic Landmark
. Over 20 miles of this 132-mile road pass through the northern portion of present-day Garrett County.
Events & Festivals
Art, music, theater, cultural festivals, and sporting events fill Garrett County's calendar year round. The Garrett Lakes Art Festival, Highland Festival, Octoberfest, Autumn Glory Festival, Little Yough Summer Music Festival, the County Agricultural Fair, Deep Creek Dunk, Gran Fondo, Savageman Triathlon, Art & Wine Festival, Art in the Park, Fire on the Mountain fireworks display... and the list keeps growing! Deep Creek Lake is proud host of the 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships!
Year-round fun, laughter & adventures - you can have it ALL in the mountains of Garrett County & Deep Creek Lake! Boating, sailing, golfing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, rafting, alpine skiing, swimming, canoeing, backpacking, camping, wakeboarding, personal watercraft, mountain biking, canopy tours, ice-skating, tubing, snow-shoeing, snowboarding, mountain coasters, dog-sledding, four-wheeling, aquatic recreation, mountain boarding, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing....the list goes on and on!
family's tradition of vacationing at Deep Creek Lake! Vacation rentals of all types are available here, and many are pet friendly. Pick a spot by the lake, on the slopes or find a cabin in the woods and start making memories! Teach your children to fish or ski, explore nature, adventure outdoors, or curl up by a warm campfire - the possibilities are endless. Our central location to several major metro areas makes Garrett County the perfect gathering place to reunite your entire crew. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and slower pace lifestyle. Plan weddings, weekend getaways, spend the summer on the lake or stay forever!
The Autumn Glory Festival is held every October in Garrett County. The event attracts upwards of 60,000 people each year, and it was ranked as the #1 fall festival in the world by
. This 5 day harvest celebration boasts a kickoff reception, Oktoberfest dinner & celebration, Fireman's parade, a Grand Feature parade and countless other activities, promotions, craft shows & shopping.
Trip idea: A fall foliage road trip including the Casselman River Bridge State Park, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Deep Creek Lake Scenic Overlook, Savage River State Forest, Savage River Reservoir, Dry Run Scenic Overlook and the Historic National Road, listed by
as one of the nation's top Fall Road Trips.
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