Winter Fun at Deep Creek Lake

If you like fresh crisp air, wintertime in the mountains is a great time to reconnect with nature, family, and friends. If you need ideas to keep the crew entertained, we’ve got you covered. The Deep Creek Lake area has an abundance of outdoor and indoor activities to celebrate winter. Bring your gloves, hat, and boots for adventures that will chill your nose and warm your heart.

Ice Fishing – Calling all anglers! If you want to go ice fishing on the largest freshwater lake in Maryland, add Deep Creek Lake to your list. Stocked throughout the year, the most common fish species include: smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, crappie and chain pickerel. Obtain your Maryland fishing license online or at local bait shops at the lake.

Winter Farmers Market – Enjoy fresh winter crops like potatoes, winter squash, and garlic grown locally near Deep Creek Lake. As for fresh baked goods, jams, and jellies you are in for a treat! Winter markets are held in Oakland at the Mary Browning Senior Center twice a month until spring in nearby Oakland. Get all the details.

Snow Hike – Find yourself where eagles soar while trekking through the woods with trails white with snow. On one side of the path is Maryland’s largest waterfall and on the other side a historic site where entrepreneurs like Henry Ford once camped. With plenty of parks to choose from, there is a trail for every level of hiker.  Find a mountain Maryland trail here.

Escape to Wisp Mountain – Escape Rooms have made it to Deep Creek Lake. Here’s the scenario: it’s the first big snow storm of the season at Wisp Mountain – and you’ve got a lift ticket for the fresh powder. The lift starts in one hour but while in the rental shop you’ve misplaced your lift ticket. Your mission is to find your lift ticket which will guide you to the escape key. Get your friends together for a one-of-a-kind adventure and beat the clock.

Sled Riding – Take an old-fashioned approach to winter and spend the afternoon sledding with the kids. Bring your own sled or rent one and enjoy the giggles that follow. With over 10 miles of trails,  Herrington Manor State Park also offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing with rentals on site.

MoonShadow – Stop in for an end of the day delectable called Cauliflower Wings.  If you’ve never experience them, be sure to add MoonShadow to your list. Using only quality natural ingredients, the food is fresh and thoughtful. In addition to the great food, the beer selection is exceptional.  Make sure to check out the menu.

A day in the snow is just a short drive away. Escape the city and relax by a crackling fire for the weekend. Need a place to stay? Try one of our Eco-friendly cabins at Blue Moon Rising. We offer rustic cabins surrounded by a towering forest overlooking Deep Creek Lake. Sounds inviting, right?  See for yourself, check out our cabin rentals here.

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