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Maryland Park Service Issues Public Safety Warning For Deep Creek Lake

Swanton, Md. (February 22, 2011) — The Maryland Park Service reminds all snowmobilers of the potential for unseen safety hazards on Deep Creek Lake, particularly at night. An area of ice has been removed near Uno Chicago Grill on Garrett Highway to create open water for the Special Olympics Deep Creek Dunk. An area of ice has also been removed along the shoreline of the Discovery Center to accommodate an ice rescue and cold water diving training for emergency services personnel conducted by the Maryland State Police. These areas will remain unsafe for quite some time and will be marked with reflective traffic cones.

Those recreating on the lake should also be aware that surface conditions under bridges are often particularly hazardous and snowdrifts or pressure ridges can act as ramps, causing sleds to become airborne.

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.

Ice fishermen, hikers and cross-country skiers traveling on the lake should also exercise caution. The wearing of or having a readily accessible personal floatation device could prevent a tragedy. If you encounter people, pets or wildlife that have fallen through the ice, contact either 911 or the toll free DNR Communications number 1-800-628-9944 for assistance.

For further information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, contact a ranger at the Park Headquarters office (301) 387-5563 or the Discovery Center on weekends at (301) 387-7067.

   February 22, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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