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Deep Creek Lake
Boats docked at a Deep Creek Lake dock in May 2008.
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Location Garrett County, Maryland
Coordinates 39°30′34″N 79°23′28″W / 39.5095354°N 79.3911531°W / 39.5095354; -79.3911531 (Deep Creek Lake)
Lake type Reservoir
Primary inflows Deep Creek, Meadow Mountain Run, Cherry Creek, Green Glade Run
Primary outflows Deep Creek
Catchment area 64.7 sq mi (168 km2)
Basin countries United States of America
Max. length 11.25 miles (18.11 km)
Max. width 1.13 miles (1.82 km)
Surface area 3,628 acres (14.68 km2)
Max. depth 75 ft (23 m)
Shore length1 69 mi (111 km)
Surface elevation 2,461 ft (750 m)
Settlements McHenry, Maryland
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the U.S. state of Maryland. It covers approximately 3,900 acres (16 km2) and has 69 miles (111 km) of shoreline. Like all lakes in Maryland, it is man-made. The lake is home to a wide variety of aquatic life, such as freshwater fish and aquatic birds. The Wisp ski resort is located nearby.


The lake is a result of the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company hydroelectric project on Deep Creek in the 1920s. Deep Creek Dam, located about 8 miles (13 km) north of Oakland, Maryland, consists of an earth and rock wall dam across a tributary of the Youghiogheny River. Construction of the dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1925. The hydroelectric plant became operational at 4:00 p.m. on May 26, 1925. The state of Maryland purchased the lake in 2000 from the Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Deep Creek Lake State Park provides public access to the lake.


Deep Creek Lake

Fish commonly caught by anglers include:

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