Deep Creek Lake State Park

Spanning over 1,800 acres near McHenry, Maryland is Deep Creek Lake State Park. Located on the east side of the lake, Deep Creek Lake State Park offers one mile of shoreline for swimmers and water enthusiasts. Deep Creek Lake State Park offers fun for all four seasons. In the summer, this is a perfect place to swim at the lake. In the spring and fall, there is no better place to talk a walk in the woods. In the winter, these walking paths are perfect for some snowmobile fun. The possibilities are endless!

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Art in the park planned

TIMES-NEWS: SLICE OF LIFE

Cumberland Times-News

DEEP CREEK LAKE — The Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers Inc. and the Garrett County Arts Council will host the 15th annual Art in the Park July 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park.

The event will be held rain or shine and feature more than 45 artists, including several new to the festival, who display and sell their work. Entertainment, food, naturalist programs and a children’s art tent are among featured activities.

“Art in the Park is an event for the entire family to enjoy,” said Caroline Blizzard, volunteer coordinator of Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers Inc. “Beautiful artwork, hands-on activities, delicious food will delight children and parents alike. We are proud to offer such programs that can bring family, fun, art and education together.”

The variety of artistic and handmade pieces at the event will include jewelry, photography, wood turned items, native wildflowers, pottery, fused glass, original artwork, wood painted furniture, handmade wooden furniture, tatting, homemade chocolates, hand-woven baskets, wool rugs, handmade soaps and children’s books.

A silent auction July 12 will include artwork donated by vendors. Animals from frogs and turtles to birds of prey may be viewed in the park tent. The annual tie dye of the 2014 Art in the Park T-shirt will also be held. The arts council will display and sell tickets for its annual quilt fundraiser and operate a children’s art and activity tent.

Food will be available and a variety of hands-on activities will be held.

In addition, visitors can explore the interpretive/educational Discovery Center, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the summer.

Admission is the usual charge into Deep Creek Lake State Park. Children in car seats and seniors over 62 are free. Docking is available for those wishing to come by boat.

For more information, call 301-387-7067.

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Maryland building 30 miles of new trails in Garrett County parks and state forests

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 22, 2014 – 4:19 am EDT

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s building 30 miles of new trails connecting state parks and forests in Garrett County.

The agency said Wednesday that the project’s first phase includes five miles of new trail at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

The DNR says all the new trails will be open for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding in 2018.

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Garrett hosting first-ever Birdfest

Watching tours, children’s activities at weekend event

From Staff ReportsCumberland Times-News

MCHENRY — The first Garrett County Birdfest will be held May 2 through 4 at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center.

Expert birders will lead multiple bird walks throughout the county. Birding is often excellent the first week in May because many migrants are returning and leaves are not fully out, creating a window of opportunity to see the birds, according to Ranger Connie Skipper.

Participants will get tips on birding by ear as they listen for distinctive songs, although seeing the birds is a priority. Beginner and experienced bird watchers are encouraged to bring binoculars.

Children’s activities and crafts will be available May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Katie Fallon, the author of “Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search of a Vanishing Songbird,” will sign her books May 3 at 6 p.m.

Bird photography at the aviary will be held May 4 from 2 to 3 p.m. Different bird species will be on display on natural perches during that time. A donation is requested to participate.

Skipper will lead a bird walk at the Sang Run kayak put-in May 2 at 8 a.m.

Matt Tillett will lead a twilight bird hike at 8 p.m. in New Germany State Park.

Handcrafted birdhouses and other items will be on sale throughout the weekend. The new animal adoption Wild Parent program will also be available.

Additional bird walks will occur at Herrington Manor State Park, Cranesville Swamp and the Western Maryland 4-H Center. For more information, call 301-387-7067 or go to www.discoverycenterdcl.com.

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Outdoorswomen: Wild ramps and rainbow trout

By Susan Guynn
News-Post Staff

SATURDAY WAS THE 11th annual Ramp Cook Off at Deep Creek Lake State Park in Garrett County. It’s a competition where participants prepare their tastiest dish using ramps — fried, grilled, saut?ed or raw.

I’ve never been to this event, but I do have a fondness for ramps. They grow wild in the eastern U.S., in the woodlands from the Carolinas to Canada. On a good weekend, dinner at the Guynn house could be wild ramps with morels and rainbow trout. Didn’t happen this year, but we have enjoyed some fresh rainbows and ramps fried with potatoes, and fresh ramps chopped into a salad on a couple of occasions.

Ramps have a flavor that’s a combination of onion and garlic. The plants begin to emerge in March, and April is the big month for harvesting. By May, the leaves start to yellow and die back. Over the next few months the plants will flower and develop seeds, hopefully producing more ramps next year. But, according to ramp expert and author Glen Facemire Jr., ramp seed germination is 5 percent or less. The West Virginia native has a ramp farm and sells ramps via the Internet (rampfarm.com).

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Park Service Superintendent Cancels State Park Walkway Canopy Project

Mar. 15, 2012

by Renée Shreve

The Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers learned last Friday that an initiative they have dreamed about, promoted, and raised money for since 2005 may never become a reality. Western Regional Park Service manager Cindy Ecker, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, explained during the group’s quarterly meeting at the Discovery Center Tuesday evening why the Deep Creek Lake State Park Forest Canopy Walkway (FCW) has been canceled.


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“It’s been a rough couple of days,” Ecker said. “I know that you all are very emotional about the Forest Canopy Walkway; you’re passionate about it; I’ve known that since I’ve taken this position.”

The DNR has modified the project several times since the volunteers proposed it, but its basic concept involves a boardwalk to allow public access to the upper parts of the park’s forest canopy – where flora and fauna can be viewed – and to provide an outdoor nature classroom. The 20-foot high wheel-chair accessible walkway would begin off the rear deck of the Discovery Center and loop around the park.

Included in the current design is an 80-foot observation tower. That structure is why Park Service superintendent Nita Settina has axed the entire project. Ecker explained that stricter Americans With Disabilities Act regulations regarding new projects constructed by state and local governments become mandatory on March 15. As a result, new Park Service projects and alterations must be fully and physically accessible.

“The requirements of the law to provide full accessibility to people with disabilities to all levels of the 80-foot Forest Canopy Walkway tower made the project impractical from a construction and maintenance standpoint,” Ecker said.

The DNR Engineering and Construction Division, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, Maryland Department of Disabilities, and the U.S. Access Board recently reviewed the tower to see how it fared under the new law.

“Based on the new regulations and guidance from the U.S. Access Board, it is our opinion that you will have to include an elevator to the upper levels of the Forest Canopy Walkway observation tower to meet current regulations or only build as high as the planned accessible ramp and boardwalk,” Director Jordan Loran, DNR Engineering and Construction Division, informed Settina in a memorandum dated March 12.

Ecker told the volunteers, however, that the DNR feels it is not practical to build the tower with an external elevator. She added that providing a remote video station at the bottom of the tower with cameras at the top of the structure was not approved by a U.S. Access Board specialist. All observation levels of the tower would have to be physically accessible, Ecker said.

In addition, Settina will not approve a 20-foot high walkway without the tower, as the project would not fulfill its original mission of providing an observation component, Ecker indicated.

The estimate for the current draft design of the walkway and tower is about $989,000. An alternative, incomplete design concept is estimated at $289,000.

Approved by the DNR in the 2005-2006 time frame, the walkway was to be built and maintained by the volunteers. The group raised more than $100,000 prior to 2011, according to WGCSPV president John Pucciano.

“Much of that money (about $75,000) went toward design and engineering studies,” he wrote in an e-mail prior to Tuesday’s meeting. “In 2011, coinciding with the kickoff of the Decorated Bear fundraising event, Brookfield Energy donated $50,000 to the project, with a promise of $50,000 more. The Decorated Bear project netted just over $40,000. So, as you can see, the organization was well on its way to raising the money needed to build the project.”

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DCL Park Visitors Advised Of Closings, Crowding For Fest

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Sep. 8, 2011

The roads of the Deep Creek Lake State Park, as well as the boat ramp and beach area, will be heavily congested for most of the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18 as a result of the 5th annual SavageMan Triathlon Festival.

The competition will begin and end at the Deep Creek Lake State Park beach area. Visitors should expect traffic congestion and a large number of people moving throughout the park from 6 a.m. until late afternoon each day, officials said.

There are more than 500 athletes registered to participate each day of the event, which is a fundraiser and a melanoma cancer awareness campaign of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. For additional information, persons may go to the event web site at savagemantri.org/

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>Department of Natural Resources program gets back to basics, teaches how to grow, preserve Earth's bounty

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Friends Delight Store, a part of Deep Creek Lake State Park in Garrett County, is a former general store that now features locally made crafts. It also has a small classroom, where the “Green Gardens to Green Homes” workshop was held.

By Karen Gardner
News-Post Staff

Photo by News-Post photo by Karen Gardner

GARRETT COUNTY — Saving the Earth begins at home, and the “Green Gardens to Green Homes” workshop aims to help homes become greener places.
A dozen women converged on a former general store in Deep Creek Lake State Park for the workshop in mid-April. There they learned about ways to make their home lives more Earth-friendly, and how to grow and preserve their own food.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources planned the workshop in response to requests made at its annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop each fall. Those workshops have included classes in vegetable gardening, canning and preserving, and greening the home.

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Art in the Park – Deep Creek Discovery Center

From the Discovery Center website:

*Service charge applies for entrance*

July 10, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 11, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Over 40 artists exhibit and sell their original artwork at this annual event sponsored by the Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers, Inc. to help local businesses and non-profits, provide environmental education, and fundraise for the Forest Canopy Walkway Project at the Discovery Center. Vendors at Art in the Park typically donate something to be auctioned off on behalf of the WGCSPV, Inc. to raise funds towards the forest canopy project and community members provide a ton of volunteer hours to make this event successful every year.

The WGCSPV, Inc. also hosts a Tye Dying Station where you can make your one of a kind Art in the Park T-shirt for $10. Proceeds benefit the Forest Canopy Walkway Project. The Discovery Center also hosts a booth with volunteers, where community members can observe the birds from the aviary up close and can even get a chance touch a range of different animals like snakes and frogs. The animals change every few hours, so visitors check in to see what is new.

Vendors/businesses include dixieland music, food, pottery, jewelry, photography, woodworking, watercolor and oil paintings and much more. If you are a vendor/business and would like to have a booth at this years Art in the Park, please call the Discovery Center ASAP. First come first serve. Spaces are limited!

Come by boat or car to the event. A service charge applies for entrance this year. Call 301-387-7067 or 301-387-7314 for more info.

Sponsored by the Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers Inc. and
Garrett County Arts Council

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Beach Blast '10 To Be Held At DCL State Park

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Jun. 10, 2010

This year’s “Play Hard. Live Clean.” Beach Blast is scheduled for Thursday, June 17, at Deep Creek Lake State Park. This free event is open to Garrett County residents completing sixth grade through age 20.
The Beach Blast will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. All activities are free and available only to participants who are registered with a completed registration form, including parent signature. Participants must display a Beach Blast flyer in the vehicle’s front window when entering the park or a $3 per person park admission fee will apply.

Registration packets may be picked up and dropped off at the Garrett County Health Department in Room 206. The registration packet, including the registration form and the various activity participation forms, is also available online at www.garretthealth.org and on the “Play Hard. Live Clean.” Facebook page.

“It is important to be thorough when filling out the registration packet, because students will not be allowed to participate in certain activities unless the appropriate form is signed by a parent,” said Beach Blast organizer Venessa Stacy, Garrett County Health Department.

The deadline for pre-registration and guaranteed entry is Tuesday, June, 15 at 5 p.m. Completed forms will also be accepted at the event until the registration limit is reached.

“Our goal is to continue to provide entertainment for local youth in an environment free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs,” said Stacy.

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