News from the DNR Office of Communications

Maryland Park Service Issues Public Safety Warning For Deep Creek Lake

Swanton, Md. (March 3, 2011) — The Maryland Park Service reminds all snowmobilers of the potential for unseen safety hazards on Deep Creek Lake, particularly at night.

Starting on Saturday, March 5, ice will be removed from an area in front of the Discovery Center to accommodate ice and cold water rescue trainings for emergency services personnel from several Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Companies. This area of the lake will be marked with reflective buoys and will be unsafe for an unknown period of time following the exercise.

The successful operation of air boats in rescue situations is the primary objective of the training. Two air boats will be in use March 5 – 7 throughout the daylight hours as fire department personnel practice maneuvering drills and rescue techniques. Residents and visitors to the area are advised that these boats are much louder than recreational motorized vessels normally heard on the lake.

Due to rapidly melting ice and the lack of snow on the trails, the boat launch access within Deep Creek Lake State park is closed to snowmobiles. The Maryland Park Service does not recommend recreating on the lake surface during this time of thawing as the ice is extremely thin along the shorelines and near areas of open water, such as under bridges.

If you encounter people, pets or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, call 911 or the toll free DNR Communications number 1-800-628-9944 for assistance.

For further information about this training at Deep Creek Lake, contact a ranger at the Park Headquarters office (301) 387-4111 or the Discovery Center on weekends at (301) 387-7067.

   March 3, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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