Summer Deep Creek Activities


Head over to for all of the Deep Creek activities that you can book online before your vacation begins!

Water sports are favorite pastimes on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland’s largest freshwater lake. Both boating and sailing are popular. The sailboat regattas on the southern end of the lake are beautiful to watch and an exciting event to participate in. Boating, water-skiing, jet skiing and swimming are favorite activities during the warm summer months. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available from several local marinas and outfitters.

Fishing is also excellent at Deep Creek Lake, and you can buy licenses and gear at several local outfitters. You can fish from the shore at public areas including Deep Creek Lake State Park, your lakefront rental house, or by boat.

If you are interested in whitewater rafting, take a look at the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).  ASCI is one of only a handful of re-circulating whitewater courses in the United States.  The water flow can be adjusted between Class 2 (Intermediate) to Class 4 (Advanced) rapids.  For beginners, guided rafting trips at ASCI are available.  Those who have whitewater experience can purchase a day pass and use their own kayak.

Garrett County provides miles of bike trails through state parks and surrounding countryside. Bicycle rentals are available at local bike shops.  The Deep Creek Lake area is quickly becoming known for its challenging road biking, and hosts several triathlons through the year.

At Deep Creek Lake State Park you can launch your boat, have a picnic lunch, and relax on the lifeguarded beach.  Pavilion rentals are available for large groups.  Deep Creek Lake State Park also offers several hiking trails of varying lengths and terrain for different skill levels.  The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center is a popular destination for learning about Deep Creek Lake including local history, wildlife, and natural features.

For more family friendly activities at Deep Creek Lake check out local miniature golf courses, arcades, go-kart racing, batting cages and laser tag.

The Deep Creek Lake area also boasts four golf courses. The beautiful scenery and the cooler temperatures of the mountains are perfect accompaniments to these challenging courses and make golfing at Deep Creek a great summer activity.

Public tennis courts are available at various locations in the county.

Besides all these recreational activities, there are numerous events and festivalsscheduled to entertain you. These include the McHenry Highland Festival, the Garrett County Fair, the annual 4th of July celebration, and many more.

Summertime at Deep Creek Lake can be as exciting and eventful as you want, or as lazy and restful as you wish. We have the perfect vacation setting for everyone!