Boating on Deep Creek Lake

Taking a boat on the water can be a great way to explore everything that Deep Creek Lake has to offer. Whether you plan to rent a boat or bring your own, you can spend the day on the water, then head out to dinner or get ice cream by boat! Browse our information below to make your next boating trip at Deep Creek Lake the best one yet!

Wake Surfing on Deep Creek Lake


Renting a boat or jet ski on the lake is popular for visitors of all ages. Here are some of the many marinas around the lake to rent pontoon boats, speed boats, and other watersports rentals.

Boat Launch

If you're planning to bring your own boat to the lake, you can easily launch it at Deep Creek Lake State Park boat ramp for a fee. The boat ramp is centrally located in the lake, directly across the water from Will O' The Wisp, making it convenient when launching and traveling to popular areas by boat.

Aerial Summer View of  Deep Creek Lake

Navigating the Lake

The State of Maryland owns Deep Creek Lake, which means it falls under the management of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and be courteous of other boaters on the water no matter if you are planning to rent a boat or bring your own. Navigating a boat on the water can be a lot like driving a car on the road. Be sure to follow common steps when getting your crew ready to take the boat out for the day. Make sure you and all of your passengers are aware of the rules before heading out on the water. Following certain steps to make sure everything runs smooth and safe out on the water can make your days on vacation much more enjoyable.


Since each state and lake can have different regulations and laws for watercraft, we recommend researching these rules before you plan to rent a boat or launch your own. A Boater's License is required in the State of Maryland.

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Fall Drone Shot of Will O' The Wisp