Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake

Boats docked at a Deep Creek Lake pier in May 2008.
Location Garrett County, Maryland, U.S.
Coordinates 39°30′34″N 79°23′28″W / 39.5095354°N 79.3911531°W / 39.5095354; -79.3911531 (Deep Creek Lake)
Lake type Reservoir
Primary inflows Deep Creek
Catchment area 64.7 sq mi (168 km2)
Basin countries United States of America
Surface area 3,628 acres (14.68 km2)
Max. depth 75 feet
Shore length1 69 miles
Surface elevation 2,461 ft (750 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the U.S. state of Maryland. It covers approximately 3,900 acres (16 km2) and has 69 miles (111 km) of shoreline.[1] Like all lakes in Maryland, it is man-made.[2] The lake is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish and aquatic birds. The Wisp ski resort is located nearby.[3]


The lake is a result of the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company hydroelectric project on Deep Creek in the 1920s. Deep Creek Dam, located about 8 miles (13 km) north of Oakland, Maryland, consists of an earth and rock wall dam across a tributary of the Youghiogheny River. Construction of the dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1925. The hydroelectric plant became operational at 4:00PM on May 26, 1925.[4] The lake was purchased by the state of Maryland in 2000 from the Pennsylvania Electric Company and public access to the lake is provided by Deep Creek Lake State Park.[5]


Fish commonly caught by anglers include:[6]

See also


  1. Meyer, Eugene L. (2007-09-14). "High-End Rustic on a Plateau in the Alleghenies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  2. "Maryland's Lakes and Reservoirs: FAQ".
  3. Phillips, John. "Ski & Snowboard America Mid-Atlantic, 2nd". Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  4. "Yough Dams". History of the Upper Yough. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  5. "The History of Deep Creek". Power Plant Research Program. Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  6. "Maryland Fish Facts". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Deep Creek Lake.
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