Having copious waterways and coastlines on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Maryland is best known for its blue crabs and the city of Baltimore, a major historic trading port.
Tourist spots in Maryland include a variety of natural attractions, from the pristine beaches of its Eastern Shore to the densely forested hills of its western counties. The Appalachian Mountains cross in the west, and state parks protect waterfalls, lakes, and number of walking and hiking trails.
Along with abundance of cycling, hiking, birding, sightseeing opportunities, plentiful of wildlife and history and long beaches for soaking in the sun, Maryland has some superbly beautiful lakes that you might not want to miss on.
Of all the gorgeous and jaw-dropping lakes that Maryland is a home to, we have listed a few favorite ones for you to have an unforgettable holiday experience.
Deep Creek Lake
One of the top tourist attractions in the state, this 3900 acre lake is an ideal location for water sports enthusiasts. Activities like tubing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, paddling, fresh water fishing are some major activities here.
Big Pool Lake
Big Pool is a popular and loved fishing and boating site but prohibits the use of gas. It is lined with cornfields which allows for wildlife watching, particularly deer and is a preferred location for natural attractions.
Named after florist Edward Habeeb, it is a 98 hectare reservoir that is nestled against Evitts Mountain. Located within Rocky Gap State Park in north-central Allegany county, it boasts three great beaches. Swimming, fishing, camping & hiking are just a few of the things that can be enjoyed here.
Centennial Lake is a scenic man-made 54-acre reservoir. The lake is relatively shallow with average depth of 10.2 feet and surrounded by a paved trail, providing access to the lake and offer a lovely hiking path, boating ramp and wildlife sanctuary.
Developed during 1976, Lake Artemesia has a fishing pier on the north end and several attractions such as water fountains, picnic spots, recreational facilities and a popular birding trail making it a perfect place for a weekend getaway.
This 12 acre lake lets you enjoy observing the waterfoll or doing a little shoreline fishing. It has a 108 acre surrounding park that offers activities like fishing, walking, playing tennis or basketball and many natural trails for hiking.
Lake Needwood is a 75-acre lake within Rock Creek Regional Park, just outside Rockville, Maryland, with an average depth of only 8 feet. It is also a fabulous recreational lake, offering boating, fishing, rowing, canoeing and picnicking.
Bordered by beautiful trees and aquatic vegetation, Clopper Lake is a 36 hectare lake in Seneca Creek State Park. Fishing, kayaking, boating hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are some of its major attractions.
Loch Raven Reservoir
The Loch Raven Reservoir, located a few miles from Baltimore, is an unspoiled man-made lake surrounded by dense forests and intersected by a network of hiking trails. With a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, it is a great place for a picnic.
Built by the Columbia Association in 1974, this 37 acre lake is surrounded by parks and houses. The major attractions here are a small dam, a 9 hectare picnic park, a 3 km trail surrounding the lake, playground just besides the lake and boat docks for fishing.
Be amazed to know that, no natural lakes exist today in Maryland, but more than 100 man-made bodies of water can be found, many created as a byproduct of dam construction which are all now a recreational getaway for people in Maryland and nearby cities.