Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Cunningham Falls Lake (Hunting Creek Lake), Cunningham Falls State Park,
301-271-7574. Parking available in the William Houck Area and on Catoctin Hollow Road.
Launch Site Boat ramp located on Catoctin Hollow Road. Service charge in effect for William Houck Area and the boat ramp.
Skill Level Novice
Suitable For Families? Yes
Water Conditions Flatwater
Potable Water/Restrooms Both are available in the William Houck Area.
Species Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegills, crappie and catfish.
License Fees (subject to change) Consolidated senior resident sportfishing license $5 (allows individuals 65 years of age or older to fish in nontidal waters of the State of Maryland, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Maryland Residents $20.50

Nonresident $30.50

Short term non-resident license $7.50 (valid for seven consecutive days from date of issuance)

Trout Stamp $5 resident/$10 non-resident (required for all anglers possessing trout except persons under 16 years of age or holders of a Consolidated Senior Resident License).

Camping Camping is available at Cunningham Falls State Park, 301-271-7574 or 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest Early settlers used timber from the forests to make charcoal to fuel the Catoctin Iron Furnace. Too many years of clear-cutting and unscientific farming practices contributed to the overuse and destruction of the land.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Submerged rocks and logs in shallow areas can be hazardous to boats.
  • A personal flotation devices (PFD's) for each person is required in boats.
  • Leave a trip plan with a family member.
  • Follow Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.