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December 22, 2008

Park service issues ice warning for Deep Creek Lake

MCHENRY — The Maryland Park Service advises individuals recreating on Deep Creek Lake to be alert for safety hazards on the lake, particularly at night.

“Snowmobilers, ice fishermen, hikers and cross-country skiers traveling on the lake should exercise caution,” said Mark Spurrier, Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area assistant manager. “Wearing a personal flotation device could prevent a tragedy. If you encounter people, pets or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, call either 911 or the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-628-9944 for assistance.”

Road salt and abrasives plowed from highway bridges may affect the quality of the ice underneath, and unseen snowdrifts can act as ramps and cause sleds and snowmobiles to become airborne, leading to a loss of control and accidents.

Deep Creek Lake is a part of the designated Outdoor Recreation Vehicle trail system permitting use by registered snowmobiles only. Permits are available by mail or at any of the local state park offices during normal business hours. Snowmobiles may operate at night if equipped with working head and taillights. Access to the lake may be made at Deep Creek Lake State Park or with permission from a private landowner adjacent to the lake.

For further information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, call (301) 387-5563 during the weekdays or (301) 387-7067 on weekends.

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