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January 7, 2013


Public Safety Warning Issued for Deep Creek Lake

by Martha

The Maryland Park Service (MPS) reminds visitors to Deep Creek Lake to be alert of safety hazards as temperatures begin to freeze the lake, particularly at night.

MPS cautions:

  • Snowmobilers, ice fishermen, hikers and cross-country skiers should wear a lifejacket and be cautious when traveling on or around the lake;
  • Road-salt and abrasives plowed from highway bridges may melt and weaken ice in certain areas; and
  • Sledders and snowmobilers should be mindful of hidden snowdrifts, which can act as ramps, sending a driver airborne and causing injury.

Deep Creek Lake is a part of the designated off-road vehicle (ORV) trail system. Only registered snowmobiles are permitted to use the trail.  Permits are available by mail or at any DNR Licensing Service Center during normal business hours, and at Deep Creek Lake and New Germany State Parks effective January 19, and at Savage River State Forest effective January 22. Snowmobiles may operate at night if equipped with working head and taillights. Access to the lake may be made at Deep Creek Lake State Park or with permission from a private landowner adjacent to the lake.

For information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, call a park ranger at 301-387-5563 during the week-day or the Discovery Center on weekends at 301-387-7067.

To report people, pets or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, call either 911 or the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8888.

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    1. Lou Battistella
      Jan 8 2013

      I think the decision to discontinue selling ORV permits at the State Parks should be reconsidered. This decision is going to cause many people to disregard the requirement. Permits should be offered conveniently. The State Park Centers are already manned and the task to issue is not time consuming. This decision was implemented without sufficient thought and reasoning. There are many people who travel to these recreational areas on a whim, thus this change will inhibit compliance and reduce potential state revenue. This is only adding more red tape unnecessarily.

      • kking
        Jan 18 2013

        Thank you for your input! DNR sees that this is an issue and off-road vehicle permits will be available for purchase at Deep Creek Lake and New Germany State Parks effective January 19, and at Savage River State Forest effective January 22.

        Karis King
        DNR Office of Communications


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