Deep Creek Lake State Park

Swanton, Maryland

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Many Marylanders might be surprised to know that this portion of their state actually lies west of the Eastern Continental Divide. The obvious main attraction here is the proximity to Deep Creek Lake, a 3,900-acre lake and a four-season recreation area that draws from several surrounding states. Deep Creek Lake State Park is the best of both worlds: water and mountains. Abutting both Meadow Mountain and Deep Creek Lake, it offers even more of an attraction: while much of the real estate surrounding the lake has skyrocketed and pushed rental rates beyond the means of many working families, the state park’s campgrounds offer a great alternative. What surrounds the campground is what makes camping here worth it even if you find the site too populated. The vast majority of campers cross over State Park Road to head to the lake, which offers a paradise of boating, swimming, and fishing.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Many Marylanders might be surprised to know that this portion of their state actually lies west of the Eastern Continental Divide.

The obvious main attraction here is the proximity to Deep Creek Lake, a 3,900-acre lake and a four-season recreation area that draws from several surrounding states. Deep Creek Lake State Park is the best of both worlds: water and mountains.

Abutting both Meadow Mountain and Deep Creek Lake, it offers even more of an attraction: while much of the real estate surrounding the lake has skyrocketed and pushed rental rates beyond the means of many working families, the state park’s campgrounds offer a great alternative. What surrounds the campground is what makes camping here worth it even if you find the site too populated. The vast majority of campers cross over State Park Road to head to the lake, which offers a paradise of boating, swimming, and fishing.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds, Hiking
Nearby City: Swanton
Campsites: 101
Season: Mid-April–mid-December
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Swimming, Boating, Fishing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: 301-387-5563 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $21.49-$27.49
Facilities: Ball fields, bathhouses, boat rental and launch, dumping station, concessions, swimming beach, playgrounds, shelters
Driving Directions: Directions to Deep Creek Lake State Park

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