Wheatley Lake/Gilbert Run Park

Located in Charles County

Owner - Charles County Department of Recreation

History - Operated by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Wheatley Lake, also known as Gilbert Run, was constructed as one of three flood water management impoundments in the 1960's and 70's. Of the three structures, Wheatley was also designated as a "multi-purpose" structure which would allow it to be used as a recreational facility in addition to providing flood and watershed protection. The main source of water for the lake is Wheatley Run, part of the Gilbert Swamp Run drainage. Gilbert Swamp Run flows into the Wicomico River which eventually enters the Potomac River near Cobb Island.

Physical/ Habitat Description - Much of Wheatley Lake is shallow with the deepest part being down near the dam. In recent years, submerged aquatic vegetation has increased around the perimeter of the lake which may make it a little harder to fish from some of the shoreline areas, but is good for the fish population.

Fish Species - Species that are present in Wheatley include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, channel catfish and seasonally stocked rainbow trout.


From Rt. 5
- Continue south on Rt. 5 through Waldorf. Near Bryantown, turn right onto Oliver Shop Rd. (Rt. 232). Turn left onto Rt. 6 (LaPlata-New Market Rd.). Enter Gilbert Run Park on the left.

From Rt. 301 - Continue south on Rt. 301 through Waldorf and to LaPlata. In LaPlata, turn left onto Rt. 6. Continue east on Rt. 6 (approx. 6 miles) to the Gilbert Run Park entrance on the left.

Contact Us - Comments and questions regarding fishing

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Fishing and Boating Services
Cedarville Visitors Center
Route 4, Box 106E, Brandywine, MD 20613