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Lake Needwood, Rockville

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 85+ 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 place is always nice. fishing is decent and not very crowded. Come visit, you'll be happy you did! 
  • Great place to take kids very peaceful with natural beauty like to take walks and play with my grand kids. 
  • The park was beautiful even though we were unable to go out on the lake. We hiked around the lake and enjoyed an afternoon outdoors with excellent weather. Will definitely return soon! 
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