The hottest time of the year at Deep Creek Lake means one thing; we're all spending time in the water! The water temperature during this time of year is generally around 80 degrees, and boaters and water-goers are seen during all times of the day enjoying the warm water and weather. We put together a bucket list of things to do on the water while you're visiting Deep Creek Lake, whether it's your first or 50th trip.
- Hit the Water at Sunrise: While it's not always in the spirit of vacation to wake up, literally at the crack of dawn, it's well worth it in the summer. In the wee hours of the morning, with the sun just starting to hit the water, the lake is incredibly calm. For watersports enthusiasts, morning presents prime conditions, as there are virtually no waves from other boats or the wind. It's also great conditions for paddleboarding and kayaking. With the air generally cooler in the morning than the water, you'll likely be gliding through glass waters and light fog, creating Instagram worthy photo opportunities. If you're really lucky, you'll catch a colorful sunrise mirrored on the water; something you'll always remember.
- Grab a Bite to Eat: It's not really a day or weekend on the water if you don't make your way to your favorite restaurant by water. Most of the Deep Creek Lake restaurants situated along the shoreline have docks specifically for drop-ins. Tie off at Boardwalk Bar & Grill or Trader's Coffee docks and grab some breakfast, pull up to Lakeside Creamery for homemade ice cream on a hot afternoon, or catch a wave to dinner at UNO's/Honi-Honi or Dutch's. These are just a few of the restaurants you can get to by the water, if you're wondering which bars and restaurants have docks, check their website or Facebook page.
- Hangout in a No-Wake Cove: The adrenaline of skimming the water on a tube or wakeboard is a fun rush, but it's nice to kick back every now and then and simply float through an afternoon. Find a quiet cove with a no-wake zone, and kick back for a few hours. The no-wake signs typically mean slow moving boats, so it's safer to swim and the water is less rough. On hot weekend afternoons, you'll find several boats and other lake goers casually stationed in any of the several quiet coves, simply enjoying the relaxed side of the Deep Creek lake life. The best places to anchor and relax are at the back of Cherry Creek Cove, Pergin Farm Cove, and near the Dam.
- Take a Trip to McHenry Cove: One of the most unique parts of Deep Creek Lake is its juxtaposition to Wisp Resort. While there isn't any snow on the ski slopes at the moment, it's a neat experience to see the mountain and the trails from the water during the summer months. The bright green grass covering the slopes stands in contrast to the surrounding trees, allowing you to see some of the ins and outs of the backside of Wisp! McHenry cove is also the place to be for the 4th of July Fireworks display.
- Try Something New: Vacation, or just a break from the real world, is a compilation of new memories and soul centering. Instead of staying in the boat or on the shoreline, try something new! Whether you rent a paddleboard for an hour or finally try wakesurfing, there are so many opportunities waiting at Deep Creek Lake. Even if you don't pick it up right away, chances are you'll be grateful for the experience and adding another story to tell your friends. Oh, and make sure someone snags a photo! Months later, you'll look back and remember your visit, and maybe even start planning your adventure for the next trip.
Summer at Deep Creek Lake is a beautiful, exciting season. There's no wrong way to spend your vacation or free time here, but we definitely recommend you try some of these the next time you're on the water during your visit!