Lake Needwood, Rockville

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Lake Needwood is a 75acre reservoir in Derwood, Maryland just east of Rockville, in the eastern part of Montgomery County that is located on Rock Creek. The lake was created to provide flood control. It also protects the water quality of the creek by functioning as a retention basin to trap sediment from stormwater runoff. Ironically, there have been several evacuations of downstream residents during periods of heavy rain, due to concerns about the structural integrity of the earthen dam constructed in 1965.The lake is part of Rock Creek Regional Park. Visitors can rent pedal boats, rowboats, and canoes, and a flat-bottom pontoon boat, the Needwood Queen, is available for rides. With a license, fishing is permitted. Also, the picnic areas surrounding the lake are popular locations for various events. Other park features include a visitors center and snack bar, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, an archery range and Needwood Golf Course. About one mile (1.6 km) southeast is Lake Needwood's sister lake, Lake Frank.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Attention grandparents and parents living in or visiting Virginia Beach Va. This is a wonderful museum out among the cornfields about a mile in from the Atlantic Ocean it opens at 9 Go early especiall...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Lake Needwood is conveniently located in Montgomery County. Parking is always available and free. It is a great place to go to get away to the woods without the long drive. Boats for rent and a snack ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Less than a mile from my house, Lake Needwood is a great place to relax, take walks along the several paths, and have a picnic or a sandwich with family or friends. Often crowded on warm, sunny days, ...  more »

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