We appreciate everyone that has stayed with us so far this winter. The annual snowfall has been over 100″ and we thank you for helping us enjoy it even more.
Ice fishing is HOT at Deep Creek Lake. Over the past few years more and more ice fishermen have been traveling to Deep Creek Lake.
This morning, we noticed a few shanties on the ice from our view at Blue Moon Rising. We had to take the opportunity to walk out onto the ice, take a few photos and have a conversation about fishing.
Check out this article featured on USA Today we found about Ice Fishing at Deep Creek Lake.
written by: Robert Kay, Demand Media
Deep Creek Lake State Park lies in western Maryland’s Garrett County, perched on the eastern shoreline of its namesake lake. Deep Creek Lake is the state’s largest man-made reservoir, with 3,900 surface acres, 69 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 25 feet. The state park, which lies at the southernmost edge of Meadow Mountain in the Allegheny Highlands, is open year-round and features a variety of recreational activities, including ice fishing during the winter.
January and February typically are the best months for ice fishing at Deep Creek Lake State Park (dnr.state.md.us), where fishermen dot the lake’s frozen surface, huddled over small holes drilled with ice augers. The lake features a variety of fish; yellow perch and walleye typically are abundant in winter. Other targets include northern pike, bluegill, pickerel, trout, bass, crappie and sunfish. Try keeping your line near the lake bottom, where the water is warmest in winter and fish are more active. Equipment that comes in handy: a chair or bucket to sit on; small portable shelters called ice shanties that help protect you from the elements; tip-ups, which “tip” a small flag when you have a hit on your line; and a skimmer, to scoop slush or ice chips from your fishing hole.
Ice fishing can be dangerous if proper caution is not used. Two safety rules stand out: Make sure the ice is at least 4 inches thick and wear a life vest under your winter gear. Always test the thickness of the ice with an ice chisel or auger before venturing out. Ice is generally the thickest and hardest where it has a clear or blue color; gray, dark, crisp or slushy areas are danger signs. Dress in plenty of layers and wear boots that are waterproof and well-insulated. Before your ice-fishing trip, familiarize yourself with Deep Creek Lake’s “Ice Dangers and Safety” guide, which is available on the park’s website and tells you what to do in an emergency.
In addition to ice fishing, other winter sports popular at Deep Creek Lake State Park include snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing. In warmer weather, the park is open to boating, swimming, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and other water sports. The park features a boat launch area, fishing pier, picnic shelters, hiking trails and an educational/interpretive Discovery Center. For overnight guests, the park has 112 campsites, two small cabins, a yurt and a three-sided “Bear Den” shelter available seasonally from mid-April to mid-December. The park charges a day-use fee and a separate boat launch fee.
If you’re planning an ice-fishing trip to Deep Creek Lake State Park, Garrett County is home to a number of attractions and lodging options. For a night out, Deep Creek Funland (deepcreekfunland.com) in McHenry, approximately seven miles northwest of the park, features miniature golf, go-karts, bumper cars, a carousel, climbing wall and snack bar. To learn more about the region’s history, tour the Garrett County Historical Museum and Garrett County Museum of Transportation (garrettcountymuseums.com) in Oakland, approximately 10 miles southwest of the park. Another state park, Swallow Falls (dnr.state.md.us), set along the Youghiogheny River less than 10 miles west of Deep Creek Lake State Park, features hiking trails that take you past several waterfalls, including 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls, Maryland’s tallest.
If you have ever been to Garrett County, then you know that we experience amazing mountain weather conditions. You really have to come and take it all in for yourself. As a warning, we are sending out a letter to our guests a week before their arrival filled with pertinent weather information and details.
While winter can be a beautiful sight, it can be a challenge if you are not prepared for the cold and wind and snow. Please expect to be outside in a winter weather environment during your stay with us. Here are some suggestions for you to be prepared and fully enjoy your stay with us.
Our community is designed so that there is no car access directly to the cabins. The parking lot is located in front of the main building. We will load your luggage in one of our winter equipped electric carts and ferry you and your gear to and from the cabins at check in and out.
Our staff is here each night until 10pm to assist you in getting up and down the hill if needed, but please prepare for walking through a winter weather environment during your stay with us.
Last Winter’s Climate
|Max Temperature||64 °F||34 °F||8 °F|
|Mean Temperature||56 °F||28 °F||4 °F|
|Min Temperature||51 °F||23 °F||0 °F|
|Wind||34 mph||10 mph||0 mph|
|Gust Wind||47 mph||22 mph||8 mph|
So you have been following Blue Moon Rising on Facebook and read about us on some Tiny House blogs. You really want to come visit us and have debated it for awhile now. Does this sound like you?
Are you ready for the kicker card? We are less than 5 minutes away from WISP Ski Resort at Deep Creek Lake.
Take advantage of our introductory rate of $169 and book a reservation today!
Not a skier? The WISP has a bunch of outdoor winter activities - fun for everyone!
- Snow Shoeing
- Cross Country Skis
- Ice Skating
Sorry, but this deal is SOLD OUT!
Escape Kit at BMR
The seasons may change in McHenry, Maryland, but the outdoor activities remain constant. Located three hours from Baltimore on the banks of Deep Creek Lake, McHenry and the rest of Garrett County receive an average 120 inches of snow in the winter and can stay about 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding area in the summer. So, whether you’re skiing snow-packed slopes, hiking leaf-lined trails, or swimming in deep-blue waters, forecasts predict just the right weather for the adventure.
Mirroring the beautiful landscape surrounding it, Blue Moon Rising offers an eco-friendly Escape into the mountainside. With a commitment to sustainable living, this wilderness retreat places guests in one-of-a-kind cabins carefully crafted using reclaimed, recycled, recyclable, or sustainably sourced materials. Inside you’ll find all the comforts of home, such as a mini fridge and NuWave cooktop, full bathroom with a shower, and free Wi-Fi—and most importantly, a stunning view of Deep Creek Lake. Take it all in after a refreshing walk on one of the winding hiking trails across the property, and refuel for the next day with a meal at MoonShadow Café & Bar, serving locally sourced food and craft beers in a lively atmosphere with live entertainment.
We had a blast a few weeks ago at the Oakland/Mt. Lake Park Lion’s Club Dodgeball tournament, despite finishing in 6th place. Talk about a team building exercise!
We have decided to extend our availability through the holidays.
We have been operating from Thursday-Monday since we opened in early September at an introductory rate as we are still under light construction. From December 19th through January 6th you can stay for as long as you want and still at the introductory rate of $169 per night. Come spend the holidays at Deep Creek Lake. Don’t forget that we are pet friendly!
Last weekend our good friend, Karlo Gesner of Karlo Photography got treated to the Blue Moon Rising experience. He snapped some pics and shared them with us. We are excited to share them with you!