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Deep Creek Lake, MD

Deep Creek Lake Information

Welcome to Deep Creek Lake, western Maryland’s four season mountain lake vacation resort. With 69 miles of shoreline Deep Creek lake offers fine boating and recreational opportunities. Visitors will enjoy swimming at the beach at Deep Creek lake State Park, Hiking the Trails at Swallow Falls State Park, and enjoying many of the fun outdoor activities offered by many different activitiy providers and outdoor outfitters. 

Visitors will find many dining options at Deep Creek Lake from pizza, to fine dining at historic restaurants like the Deer Park Inn, and Cornish Manor. There are plenty of scenic roads to explore and hiking is simply amazing. Birdwatchers will love areas like the Cranesville Swamp Wildlife Refuge, and whitewater rafters will thrill to adventures like the Class V world famous Upper Yough Wild and Scenic River.Whatever your taste for adventure or relaxation the Deep Creek Lake Area has got you covered.

Maryland State Parks and Forests

Nearly 90,000 acres of public lands in several state forests and parks to satisfy any taste for adventure. From the highest waterfalls in Maryland (Muddy Creek 53’), to lush hardwood forests and quiet trails, we invite all our guests to take advantage of the impressive park system in nearby Garrett County, Maryland.

Important DNR Links

* Western Maryland Public Lands Parks and Forests

* Leave No Trace Ethic on Maryland Public Lands

* Pets in Maryland Parks

* Maryland Public Lands Trail Guide

* Buy Trail Guides Online

Important DCL Links

* Chamber Calendar of Events

* Garrett Lakes Arts Festival

* Art in the Park

* Fair Ground Activities and Events


November 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm Leave a comment

Why Walden??

Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau, is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. 

The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self-reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau did not intend to live as a hermit, for he received visitors regularly, and returned their visits. Rather, he hoped to isolate himself from society to gain a more objective understanding of it. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau’s other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. As Thoreau made clear in his book, his cabin was not in wilderness but at the edge of town, about two miles from his family home.

November 1, 2010 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

A Look into Straw Bale Construction

Straw Bale Construction

The idea of building anything permanent out of straw may seem laughable. After all,we all grew up with the tale of the Three Little Pigs.

But read on – you may be surprised and intrigued. Straw bale construction uses baled straw from wheat, oats, barley, rye,rice and others in walls covered by earthen or lime stucco. Straw bale are traditionally a waste product which farmers do not till under the soil, but do sell as animal bedding or landscape supply due to their durable nature. In many areas of the country, it is also burned, causing severe air quality problems. 


It is important to recognize that straw is the dry plant material or stalk left in the field after a plant has matured, been harvested for seed, and is no longer alive. Hay bales are made from short species of livestock feed grass that is green/alive and are not suitable for this application.

HISTORY: Straw, grass, and reeds have been used as building materials for centuries. Straw houses have been built on the African plains since the Paleolithic. Straw bales were used in construction 400 years ago in Germany; and straw-thatched roofs have long been used in northern Europe and Asia. In the New World, tepees were insulated in winter with loose straw between the inner lining and outer cover. Straw-bale construction was greatly facilitated by the mechanical hay baler, which was invented in the 1850s and was widespread by the 1890s. It proved particularly useful in the Nebraska Sandhills. Pioneers seeking land under the 1862 Homestead Act and the 1904 Kinkaid Act found a dearth of trees over much of Nebraska. In many parts of the state, the soil was suitable for dugouts and sod houses. However, in the Sandhills, the soil generally made poor construction sod; in the few places where suitable sod could be found, it was more valuable for agriculture than as a building material. The first documented use of hay bales in construction in Nebraska was a schoolhouse built around 1896. Unfenced and unprotected by stucco or plaster, it was reported in 1902 as having been eaten by cows.

To combat this, builders began plastering their bale structures; if cement or lime stucco was unavailable, locally obtained “gumbo mud” was employed.

CONSIDERATIONS: This technique for constructing walls has been recently revived as a low cost alternative for building highly insulating walls. The technique has been applied to homes, farm buildings, schools, commercial buildings, churches, community centers, government buildings, airplane hangars, well houses, and more. Two basic styles of straw bale construction have been used: post and beam construction with straw bale infill, and structural straw bale construction or “Nebraska” style (the weight of the roof is supported by the bales). In most areas, a building permit is much more readily attainable for the infill method, where the bales themselves are not load bearing.

FACTS: Straw bale construction exhibits R values from R-30 and up to R-45. The bales are typically covered with concrete mortar/stucco or earthen/lime plaster, achieving a high degree of fre resistance. Consider that a bale is like a phone book. If you rip out the pages one by one and light them on fire, they will burn: so will loose straw (although not very well due to the high silica content). If you hold a lighter under the entire phone book, however, you will likely run out of fuel in the lighter before the book catches fire because there is no oxygen in between the pages to support the fame. The same is true for the baled straw. Now put the two systems together: thick plaster on both sides of the wall and dense, oxygen deprived bales inside. This combination makes for a very resistant wall and one which has a much better chance of survival in fire situations, as well as resisting insects, rodents and water. Andrew Morrison,

October 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Being Green isn’t easy :)

‘Think simples’ as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to the first principles”.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

Learn about green building here:

Blue Moon Rising on Deep Creek Lake will be a community of rental cottages that:

• uses emerging and natural sustainable technology in an integrated system

• reduces pollution and carbon gas emissions

• utilizes native, recycled and low-impact natural materials

• is highly energy effcient

• promotes occupant health

• incorporates careful water use and conservation

• strives to preserve as much of the existing landscape as possible

Every element of the design-build process is closely evaluated to meet the exacting standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED offers four levels of certifcation, and we are working hardto ensure that Blue Moon Rising earns the top rating of Platinum Certifcation. We hope to become an educational model for building a green, low-impact, future-conscious community.

Check out the progression of Blue Moon Rising on Deep Creek Lake.


October 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Blue Moon Rising on DCL – an Eco-Friendly Village

Once in a blue moon . . . . something green comes along. Blue Moon Rising (BMR) on Deep Creek Lake will be the areaʼs most innovative development to date. In partnership with Mother Nature, an eco-retreat like no other is being created in the heart of Garrett County in western Maryland. Using the landscape as a guide, natural structures that boast an ecologically tiny impact will be blended harmoniously with the wooded mountainside, overlooking Deep Creek Lake. Every aspect of BMRʼs design/build process has been meticulously considered to minimize the carbon footprint, and maximize the future-friendly ethic that drives everyone involved in the project.

Blue Moon Rising will be, we believe, the first ever United States LEED Certified model of a truly green eco-friendly vacation community. Each road and structure has been carefully placed to embrace and enhance the existing terrain, and make maximum use of solar orientation. On-site, reclaimed, sustainable, and local materials are used exclusively throughout; water conservation (from touch-activated faucets to rainwater collection) and energy efficiency (including solar power and exceptional insulation of walls and roofs) are key factors; healthy living spaces (non-toxic paints, no materials that off-gas) a primary goal. And the ultimate goal for BMR? That we create an entire community that could be reabsorbed harmlessly by the earth, leaving only elements that could themselves be recycled or repurposed.

The hallmark of Blue Moon Rising, the guiding principle in itʼs every aspect, is to demonstrate that comfort and beauty need not be (and will not be) sacrificed for humans to live lightly on this, our only planet.

October 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

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