Deep Creek Lake Natural Resources Management Area

Deep Creek Lake Recreation and Land Use Plan

In 2000, the State of Maryland purchased the land underlying Deep Creek Lake, buffer zone properties and certain other parcels from General Public Utility, Inc. (GPU), for $17 million. During its 2000 session, as the sale was being finalized, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to guide future management of Deep Creek Lake and established a Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board (PRB).

Visit the Discovery Center​ at Deep Creek Lake State Park for public access to the lake and buffer strip.

The lake management office is located on Brant Road just past the park headquarters. Information about buffer strip use and lake regulations can be obtained by calling 301-387-4111. Annual permits for use of waters of the lake and shoreline are issued to property owners who adjoin the state property. The state property around the lake is commonly called the buffer strip.

Information For Our Neighbors

Entrance to Deep Creek State ParkDeep Creek Lake Regulations and Permit Applications

2013 Deep Creek Lake Sediment Study