St. Mary's Lake Dam Repairs Complete, Trail Reopened to Hikers, Cyclists

CALLAWAY, Md. (Dec. 22, 2008) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that repairs to the dam at St. Mary’s lake in St. Mary’s River State Park have reached completion allowing for foot and bike traffic in the area.

“Hikers and cyclists will notice added accessibility to trails as a result of the improvements to St. Mary’s Lake dam,” said Christy Bright, Park Manager. “We encourage local residents and visitors to continue to enjoy the park throughout the season with the knowledge that these safety precautions have been instituted.”

The boat launch ramp at the park will remain closed until natural rain waters refill the lake to normal levels. Fishermen wishing to launch small boats, canoes and kayaks for fishing, by pulling their boats to the water’s edge are urged to use caution due to the soft exposed lake bottom.

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

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