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Deep Creek Lake Ice Removal To Begin February 20
SWANTON, MD - Beginning Wednesday, February 20, an area of ice on Deep Creek Lake near Uno’s Restaurant will be removed to create open water for the 10th annual Deep Creek Dunk, sponsored by the Maryland State Police and Maryland Natural Resources Police.
After ice removal is completed, reflective traffic cones will alert recreationalists to the potential safety hazards. Snowmobile users should exercise caution and be aware that lake surface conditions under bridges where road salt and abrasives are plowed from the pavement may be unsteady.
Deep Creek Lake is a part of the designated ORV 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 with a permit site adjacent to the lake.
Anyone encountering people pets or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, should immediately contact either 911 or DNR Communications at 1-800-628-9944 for assistance.
For further information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, contact the office at (301) 387-5563 or the Discovery Center on weekends at (301) 387-7067.
February 20, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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