Trout/Bass – Elkhorn Lake (MD)

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The Columbia Association controls and allows the general public to use the lake. The northern access is close to the water, while the southern approach requires a 600 foot walk on an asphalt path to reach the shore. 

Other than fishing from the dam at the western end, the shoreline is mostly inaccessible except in those places where anglers established trails through the bushy vegetation. The path around the lake is two miles long. Effectively fishing this lake requires a kayak or canoe. There is a launch at the northern access, but it is not immediately adjacent to the parking lot and requires a short carry across the wooden pier.

Once the weather warms up, underwater vegetation clogs the entire extent of the lake except for the deep water near the dam. Most of the lake is only 8 feet deep, reaching 15 feet at the deepest point. The Columbia Association recognizes the need to dredge the lake and, as of 2011, was actively pursuing hiring a contractor to complete that work.


From I-95, take exit 32 onto MD 32W toward Columbia. Exit onto the Broken Land Parkway and turn right. Turn right onto Cradlerock Way. Turn right onto Dockside Lane.

Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the Maryland DNR website

Access Point:

· Parking lot on north side of the lake near Dockside Lane (39.18498,-76.844927)

· Parking lot on the south side of the lake off Broken Land Parkway (39.180901,-76.847253)

At Dockside Lane access

At Broken Land Parkway access 

Area below the dam

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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