About Deep Creek Lake State Park

From scenic summer hikes to world-class ski slopes, Deep Creek Lake is a true “all season” destination. There are more than 100 kilometers of shoreline to explore and seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Summer sees legions of sun-seekers descend on Deep Creek Lake. Watersports steal the spotlight, with swimming, kayaking, boating and jet skiing some of the most popular activities. Spring is the best time for white-water rafting down the Youghiogheny River, as well as admiring wildflowers in Swallow Falls State Park.

In fall, Deep Creek Lake explodes in a sea of reds, yellows and golds. Things don’t slow down in winter when Deep Creek Lake receives a heavy dump of snow. Whether you want to take on the slopes at Wisp Resort, ice-fish for yellow perch or speed through the woods on a dogsled adventure, Deep Creek Lake is a genuine winter wonderland.

Getting there

Deep Creek Lake has tucked away in the north-west corner of Maryland, around four hours from Annapolis. Pittsburgh International is the closest airport, with the drive taking around two hours. Renting a car is the best way to explore the lake and nearby attractions.