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June 21, 2013

Deep Creek Lake State Park Prepares for Summer Season

by Martha

DNR appoints new managers for State Park & Lake Management Area

Deep Creek LakeSummer is here, and Deep Creek Lake State Park and Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) are ready for the throngs of visitors who enjoy Maryland’s largest manmade body of water.

“Deep Creek Lake provides a unique, year-round Maryland experience,” said Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Joe Gill. “The lake is more popular than ever, with the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce reporting that 2012 was their biggest rental year.”

From world-class fishing to unparalleled family camping, boating and water sports, visitors flock to Deep Creek Lake from across the region. It is home to 18 species of fish, including walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, golden shiners, bluegill, pumpkinseed, chain pickerel and common carp. DNR also stocks about 5,000 brown, rainbow and golden trout annually, with adequate cold water and oxygen at the lake bottom during the summer to allow for year-round fishing.

Since 1950, DNR has tested water clarity—one of the best indicators of water quality—in Deep Creek Lake. Tests show the clarity in the lake is very similar to how it looked in 1953.

Secretary Gill recently appointed Eric Null as manager of the Deep Creek Lake NRMA. Eric holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He began his career with the Maryland Park Service as a Natural Resources Planner.

Lieutenant Al Preston, a 22-year Maryland Park Service veteran, is taking over as manager of the State Park. Preston had served as the park manager at Herrington Manor State Park and Swallow Falls State Park since 2009.

“Previously, one person managed both the NRMA and the State Park, which take a significantly different set of management skills,” said Secretary Gill. “From this point forward there will be separate managers for these popular areas.”

Citizens can do their part to help protect the lake by planting more native plants adjacent to their property to absorb any polluted runoff. People who move their boats between bodies of water should take precautions to avoid introducing nonnative hitchhikers into the lake.

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