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         On the Water
Boaters flock to Deep Creek Lake throughout the year to enjoy
70 miles of shoreline. Don’t worry if you don’t own a watercraft; there are numerous stores that offer rentals for tubing and water-skiing, including Deep Creek Lake Boat Rentals & Sales ( and High Mountain Sports (, which provides pontoon boat tours as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals. You can also rent a jet ski at several locations around the lake. After cruising around Deep Creek, stop by one of the region’s waterside restaurants that have docks for customers to tie up while they enjoy a meal. Looking to buy a boat, or trade up? Head to the Garrett County Fairgrounds for the Boat, RV & PowerSports Expo, held on the last weekend in March (
 For a list of public boat launches in the region, visit dnr.maryland. gov/boating/pages/ water-access/garrett. aspx.
Lakeside Fun
Garrett County is home to four freshwater lakes. Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake and
offers a reprieve from the summer heat. Deep Creek Lake State Park has a sandy beach perfect for soaking up the sun, building sandcastles or playing volleyball, and kids can swim safely in the roped-off swimming areas. Picnic tables throughout Deep Creek Lake State Park are the perfect place for a family lunch. Swallow Falls State Park, with its scenic views, is home to a 53-foot waterfall named Muddy Creek Falls. Both Herrington Manor and New Germany State Parks are also open to swimmers. Scuba diving is an option at Jennings Randolph Lake, off the north branch of the Potomac River.
have your own equipment, be sure to note the difficulty of all river sections before hitting the water.
 For more information on the Youghiogheny River, visit:
 For more information on the Savage River, visit: dnr.maryland. gov/forests/pages/publiclands/western_savageriverforest. aspx.
Adventure Sports Center International (adventuresportscenter. com), the world’s only mountaintop re-circulating whitewater course, features a 1,700-foot-long mountaintop configuration made of concrete and natural rock. The course drops 24 feet! The waves and hydraulics can be adjusted for all skill levels, from novice to Olympic-caliber athletes, some of whom competed in the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships at this facility. Rafting trips are also available, complete with a convenient conveyor to pull your raft back up to the starting spot.
Garrett County State Parks Are Free for Veterans
Military veterans, including those who are not state residents, get free admission to all parks managed by the Maryland Park Service. That includes Deep Creek Lake!
 Garrett County is a
year-round destination
for anglers from all
over the country. Deep
Creek Lake teems
with walleye, yellow
perch, bass, trout
and northern pike.
January and February
are also the most
popular months for ice
fishing, with yellow perch, northern pike and trout the targets. The Youghiogheny, Casselman, Potomac and Savage Rivers are ideal for fly-fishing, and lessons are available.
 For information on fishing regulations, check out eregulations. com/maryland/fishing. Licenses are required for individuals 16 and older.
On the Rapids
Whitewater rafting and kayaking are a great way to truly experience the outdoors. Both the Youghiogheny and Savage Rivers are prime destinations for these fun adventures. Guides and outfitters are available to help you arrange an outing. If you

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