Physical/ Habitat Description - Hiking trails provide fishermen complete access to fish the lake's 9.4 miles of shoreline. Shallow flats and points, as well as sharp drop-offs, provide angler's a variety of fishing strategies. The maximum depth of the lake is 74 feet. Water clarity can be defined as clear. Artificial fish structures were constructed and placed throughout the lake to increase the survival of young fish species. In recent years there has been an explosion of vegetation, observed growing in depths in excess of 13 feet. This vegetation may hinder fishing and boating activities during late summer and fall.
Fish Species - Lake Habeeb supports an excellent largemouth bass and good but limited smallmouth bass fishery. Largemouth bass have been collected that were in excess of 10 pounds. The lake also supports an excellent opportunity to catch trophy sunfish including redear, bluegill, redbreast, pumpkinseed, and green. Channel catfish have been recently stocked to add to an already existing quality fishery. Brown and rainbow trout are stocked in Lake Habeeb annually as part of our Put-and Take trout program. Other fishes you may encounter while visiting Lake Habeeb are golden shiner, spotfin shiner, bluntnose minnow, yellow bullhead, emerald shiner, and black crappie.
Restrictions - Gas motors are prohibited.
History - Lake Habeeb (also known as Rocky Gap Lake) is located within Rocky Gap State Park in north-central Allegany county. It is bordered by Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. The 243-acre lake was impounded in 1969 and opened in 1974. There are two boat ramps provided for launching your vessel (for a small fee), however gasoline motors are prohibited. Three beach sites can be utilized for swimming throughout the summer months, one of which is located within the park's large campground. Boat rentals including canoes and kayaks are available at the campground. Fishing is permitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services
Lewistown Work Center
10932 Putman Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788
Rocky Gap State Park:
Route 1 Box 90
Flintstone, MD 21530
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)