Unsafe Ice Conditions At Deep Creek Lake
MCHENRY, MD — The State Forest and Park Service alerted snowmobilers today of potentially unsafe ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, particularly at night. Recently, the ice near Uno’s was removed to open water for the Deep Creek Dunk event. The Uno area remains unsafe and is marked with reflective traffic cones.
Rising air temperatures and the forecasted rain will cause the water level at Deep Creek Lake to rise. The character of the ice can change rapidly under these conditions, leading to cracks, thinner ice, and areas of open water. The ice along the shoreline and near objects such as bridge piers is usually the first to be affected. The decay of ice near bridges is accelerated by abrasives and salt plowed off the bridge onto the surface below.
Ice fishermen, hikers, and cross-country skiers traveling on the lake should also exercise caution. Wearing a personal floatation device or having one readily accessible could prevent a tragedy. If you encounter people, pets, or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, call either 911 or 1-800-628-9944, the toll-free DNR communications number, for assistance.
For more information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, telephone ranger headquarters at 301-387-5563.
Posted March 3, 2004