St. Mary's Lake Water Level Lowered for Dam Repairs

CALLAWAY, Md. — The water level of the 250-acre lake at St. Mary’s River State Park will be lowered seven feet below normal starting in Sept. 2008 to allow for necessary dam repairs. The boat launch ramps at the park will be closed due to the low water levels.

“This temporary inconvenience is necessary to maintain public safety, as the lake at St. Mary’s River State Park is a flood control area,” said Christy Bright, park manager. “We hope local residents and visitors continue to visit the park to enjoy nature trails, the playground, shoreline fishing and birding.”

The top of the dam will be closed to all foot and bike traffic for the duration of the construction. Fishermen wishing to fish from small boats, canoes, and kayaks may be able to launch by pulling their boats to the waters edge. Those wishing to launch their boats this way are urged to use caution due to the soft exposed lake bottom. The water level will stay at lower levels until construction is complete in April of 2009 and natural rain waters refills the lake to normal levels.

Situated at the northern end of the St. Mary's River watershed, the St. Mary’s River State Park protects a wide range of habitats, from wooded acres and fields to swamps and small streams. For more information about the park visit

Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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