Maryland Park Service Issues Public Safety Warning For Deep Creek Lake

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The Maryland Park Service advises individuals enjoying activities at Deep Creek Lake to be alert of safety hazards as temperatures begin to freeze the lake, particularly at night.

“Snowmobilers, ice fishermen, hikers and cross-country skiers traveling on the lake should exercise caution,” said Mark Spurrier, Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area Assistant Manager. “Wearing a personal floatation device could prevent a tragedy.”

Road salt and abrasives plowed from highway bridges may affect the quality of the ice underneath. Hidden snowdrifts can act as ramps and cause sleds and snowmobiles to become airborne leading to a loss of control and accidents.

Deep Creek Lake is part of the designated off-road vehicle trail system. Only registered snowmobiles are permitted to use the trail. Permits are available by mail or at any of the local State park offices. Snowmobiles may operate at night if equipped with working head and taillights. Access to the lake may be made at Deep Creek Lake State Park or with permission from a private landowner adjacent to the lake.

For information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, call a park ranger at 301-387-5563 during the week-day or the Discovery Center on weekends at 301-387-7067.

To report people, pets or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, call either 911 or the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8888.