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Boating Safety and Survival Tips

National Safe Boating Council

United States Coast Guard


Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

DNR - Boating in Maryland

Maryland Statewide Boating Regulations for Non-Tidal Waters

The following are the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations applicable to Deep Creek Lake:


Specific Regulations for Deep Creek Lake

Boating - Speed Limits and Operations of Vessels

Restricted Skiing Areas and Speed Zones

  1. On Deep Creek Lake, a person may not operate a vessel towing a skier, an aquaplane, or similar device within 100 feet of any bridge on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between the Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
  2. Water-skiing is not permitted beyond the buoys in the upper end of North Glade Cove from 12 noon until sunset each
    Saturday, Sunday, and holiday.
  3. A person may not operate a vessel at a speed in excess of 3 knots within 100 feet of the shoreline anywhere on the lake, except that a person may tow a skier from a dock or shore and then immediately exit the restricted area.
  4. A person may not operate a vessel in excess of 3 knots between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday,
    Sunday, and holidays from the Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day in that area which lies between Beckman's Cove and North Glade Cove.
  5. A person may not operate a vessel at a speed in excess of 3 knots at any time in the following areas: Meadow Mountain Run, east of the Meadow Mountain Bridge; McHenry Cove, north of the restriction buoys; upper end of Red Run Cove, southwest of therestriction buoys; Thayerville Cove, southwest of a line of buoys extending from the easternmost point of the Arrowhead peninsula; upper end of Hoop Pole Cove, southwest of the restriction buoys; and upper end of Pawn Run Cove, northwest of the restriction buoys.

For additional information, contact:

Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area Office, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561 or call (301) 387-4111.

Department of Natural Resources Police Emergency Number (land or water) 1-800-628-9944
- Memorial Day through Labor Day call (301) 387-1101 for water-related problems.

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