Deep Creek Lake Watercraft Restrictions to Remain in Place

MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — Deep Creek Lake officials have decided to keep a 25-year-old ban on the use of personal watercraft and hovercraft during summer and some holiday weekends at the popular vacation destination in western Maryland.

The Cumberland Times-News ( ) reports that the lake policy and review board voted 6-1 Monday against allowing the Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee to study lifting time restrictions.

Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake President Bob Hoffman says he received emails from property owners asking that the restrictions not be lifted, calling it a safety issue.

Watercrafts are banned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on summer weekends as well as Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Opponents say the rules confuse tourists and make boat-rental businesses seem unfriendly.


Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News,

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