Where to Rent:
Deep Creek Lake has 7 marinas for boat and personal watercraft rentals in seasons when the lake is open. Check them out online or by calling for types of rentals, rates, policies, and more.
Bringing your own boat? You can launch it for a fee at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Boat Ramp which is in the center of the lake which makes it convenient for any location of your lodging. Some of the local marinas can also allow boat launching and they also charge a fee. Make sure to ask about overnight parking for cars and trailers at these locations. Boat trailers are not permitted at vacation homes.
Know the area and how to navigate safely:
- Deep Creek Lake is owned by the State of Maryland and is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Whether you are bringing your own boat, or renting one from a local marina, be sure to know your surroundings and be cautious and courteous for other boaters on the water.
Know your boat and its equipment:
- Even the most experienced boaters can have safety and mechanical issues on the water. Be sure to follow the common steps when preparing to take the boat out for the day. Keeping a checklist to make sure everything is running smoothly, and safely can help prevent problems, and make your day more enjoyable.
Know the Rules of the Road:
- Driving a boat on the lake is just like driving a car on the road. Make sure you “Know before you go” and that your passengers are aware of the rules before heading out on the water. Safety is key when having fun on the lake!
Know Local, State and Federal safety regulations:
- Each state and lake can have different laws and regulations for watercraft. Deep Creek Lake has regulations on the size of boats permitted on the lake, as well as regulations for personal watercrafts (Jet Skis and Waverunners) during the summer months. Be sure to research these rules and regulations before launching or renting a boat.