Pilot dredging project on the way for Deep Creek Lake

Planning, design, and project review for a pilot dredging project located at Deep Creek Lake, Arrowhead Cove, is now well underway.

By conducting this pilot project, Garrett County, the State of Maryland, property owners, and
stakeholders will evaluate the pros and cons of dredging within Deep Creek Lake.

The groups will also learn if dredging other sediment impacted Deep Creek Lake coves is a viable and cost-effective strategy for improving water recreation, water quality, and fish habitat.

The State of Maryland has provided $2.7 million funding for the project, design, and implementation. Currently, environmental reviews are pending by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Department of the Environment, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The pilot dredging project is proposed to begin in the fall of 2023, with most of the active dredging occurring in from late October to early January 2024 during low lake water levels.

The project is expected to remove approximately 15,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediment.

Public meetings will be held in early 2023 to better inform stakeholders of the project activities and solicit input as the plans are further developed.

Photo: Garrett County Chamber of Commerce