Deep Creek Lake State Park, Oakland

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Deep Creek Lake State Park is a Maryland state park in Garrett County. The park surrounds Deep Creek Lake, a reservoir that was created with the construction of the Deep Creek Dam in 1923 by the Pennsylvania Electric Company on a tributary of the Youghiogheny River. In 2000, the state of Maryland purchased the land underlying the lake and buffer zone properties for $17 million. The state park is about from Interstate 68 on U.S. Route 219.Activities and amenitiesThe lake is used for boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, and canoeing. The park offers 112 campsites, 26 with electricity. American black bears are occasionally seen in the campground. There are also trails for hiking and mountain biking.Deep Creek Lake Discovery CenterThe Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center is the park's environmental center, and contains interpretive exhibits about the area's natural, cultural and local history. Naturalists, rangers and volunteers give daily educational programs about nature and the environment. The 6000sqft facility has exhibits on local plants and wildlife, the lake and its watershed, conservation issues, and local coal and logging industrial activities.
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  • Great place to conduct illegal CIA experiments with LSD on scientists! FYI if they freak out just throw them out a 13th floor window :) -Director Helms  more »
  • We were in a 2 story 3 bedroom 2 bath house right on the lake, a TaylorMade Property. We were only minutes from everywhere. Location was great, rental was clean and well maintained. Kitchen was also v...  more »
  • If you haven't been to DCL, you should. Great get away only 3 hours from DC. Lots of family fun on the lake - boating, fishing, swimming, sailing. Off the lake there are great local restaurants, hikin...  more »
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  • Beautiful state park. The beach is very nice, family friendly. There are plenty of areas to grill, and bathroom access is close. Also, check out the raptor sanctuary. Very cool! They have a lot of info as well as different raptors found in Maryland. A great choice for a family day out.
  • Camping is great here. Activities can't be beat! The best experience we've had in many years! Definitely will return!
  • Very beautiful views. My family has hosted their annual reunion there for over 40 years. I love visiting the quaint neighboring towns, too. The lake has very cheap entrance fees.
  • We camp here every year with our kids. They love seeing the wildlife, going to the beach, the discovery center, and just being out in nature. I love how friendly everyone is and how clean the sites and bathhouses are. Highly recommend this park to everyone.
  • We took our nephews through the Discover Center and aviary and had a blast! The volunteers at the DC are friendly and will let you touch some of the critters. The beach is small, but not too crowded. There is a nice shady tree line and plenty of tables to sit at if you forget your whole beach umbrella kit.

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