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Lake Needwood, Rockville

(4.4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a lovely park, with a lake and paddleboats, places to picnic, hiking. There is a larger boat that takes people for a brief tour of the lake. The scenery is great, maybe especially in autumn, a...  more »
  • Easy to get to, away from most noise, and clean. The lake is a pleasure to visit. Places to picnic and relax and trails to walk. 
  • We go to lake Needwood a lot, you can hike and bike from here, lots of easy hikes - 7+ miles natural surface trails, or you rent kayaks, rowboats etc.. There is also a ropes course and archery range. ...  more »