Deep Creek Lake is known as a premier vacation destination for all seasons. Located conveniently about 2-3 hours outside of Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C., Deep Creek Lake is the largest man-made lake in Maryland and offers visitors activities ranging from skiing and tubing in the winter to white water rafting and hiking in the warmer months. With all these activities to decide between, choosing where to stay can be an added stressor, especially if you aren’t familiar with the area. We’ve done the work for you, so here are the seven best places to stay near Deep Creek Lake.

Stay In These Top 7 Places Around Deep Creek Lake

1. Deep Creek Lake State Park


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If you plan on doing some boating, kayaking, or canoeing in the lake, you’ll want to stay close to Deep Creek Lake State Park. It’s located on the eastern shores of the lake and the park features public boat access ramps. There is a service charge for use of the ramp, and a Maryland State Park passport is recommended. Fishing is great in the park, too; you might even catch a stocked trout, walleye, or yellow perch! If using your own kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board, access the water through the park entrance gate and launch at the “soft launch” near the beach. Stay near this state park and you’ll get to enjoy one mile of shoreline along Deep Creek Lake and have easy access for all your summer fun activities.

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2. McHenry, Maryland – Northern Deep Creek Lake


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The best place to stay if visiting in the winter is, by far, the town of McHenry. Located at the northern tip of Deep Creek Lake, McHenry is home to Wisp Mountain Park Resort. This place is perfect for snow bunnies of all ages—it features a mountain roller coaster, seven chair lifts, and over 20 ski trails. In addition, the resort also offers a lodge for those wanting to escape the cold and cozy up next to the fire, snow tubing, and ice skating for the whole family. You’ll also have easy access to nearby restaurants and shops in town, as there are a number of them, especially along Highway 219 (also called Garrett Highway). To be within close distance to this unique winter destination, choose a vacation rental in or around McHenry and you’ll be set to enjoy some fun in the snow!

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3. East Deep Creek Lake

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Bringing your boat and want a rental with a private dock and a view? Consider staying in the northeastern side of the lake, where you’ll get both. Just south of McHenry but north of Deep Creek Lake State Park is where some rentals have private docks and a breathtaking view of the Western Maryland sunset. You’ll get to choose from rentals with hot tubs, multiple rooms offering the ultimate in comfort, and pool tables and fire pits for family-friendly fun.

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4. Northwest Deep Creek Lake

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Planning on working on your golf swing? Stay in McHenry on the northwest side of Deep Creek Lake and golf at the course GolfWeek Magazine ranked the #2 Public Golf Course in Maryland, Lodestone Golf Course. Situated between Fork Run Recreation Area and Deep Creek Lake, this golf course offers wide fairways and some of the largest greens on the East Coast. In addition, Fantasy Valley Golf Course is located just a bit north at Wisp Resort and is shaped by the natural landscape around it. You won’t want to miss your opportunity to play at this breathtakingly beautiful course, so stay near the northwest area of the lake and you won’t have to go very far to make your tee time.

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5. West Deep Creek Lake


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If you’re looking for a little more in the way of accommodations, like movie theaters and restaurants, but still want that lakefront view, stay in the western portion of Deep Creek Lake. Specifically, where Highway 219 meets Quarry Road there are a handful of bars and restaurants as well as Garrett 8 Cinemas. If you continue along Glendale Road, you’ll come across a few restaurants inside of some local Inns. Glendale Road also conveniently takes you to the other side of the Deep Creek Lake, so you’ll be able to hop around the waterfronts at your leisure instead of driving all the way around.

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6. Oakland, Maryland

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Just 20 minutes southwest of Deep Creek Lake lies the “Great Small Town” of Oakland. With the convenient drive of just 10 miles from Deep Creek Lake, Oakland is a popular place to stay while visiting the area. If you’re looking for all the charm of a small town but still want easy access to the beautiful lake, Oakland is the place for you. Home to the Garrett County Arts Council, this town offers visitors a chance to view and buy great local art and tour an artist studio in the summer. Stroll through the quaint town and stop in at antique stores, historical museums, bars and restaurants. When you’re ready for the lake, just head north on Highway 219 (Garrett Highway) and you’ll be at Deep Creek Lake in time to enjoy all the activities the area has to offer.

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7. Adventure Sports Center International


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If your trip to Deep Creek Lake wouldn’t be complete without an adrenaline rush, then you have to stay near the Adventure Sports Center International. Located on the northwest side of the lake near Fork Run, this outdoor-lover’s paradise offers whitewater rafting, kayak rentals to explore the whitewater rapids, rock climbing and rappelling, and even river boarding. Group packages are available, as well as private, solo trips if you’re the only adventure seeker in the group. Rent a cabin for the whole family near the Sports Center and make the quick, 5-minute drive to the northern portion of Deep Creek Lake. The public boat launches will require a bit more driving, so if you plan on sticking around the Sports Center for most of your trip and just viewing the lake, choose a vacation rental near this area.

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This article was written by Julianne Aiello.