This location is the perfect place to mix education and recreation. The pond is adjacent to the Carroll County Farm Museum complex. It was constructed in 1964 and modified in 1992, this 5.7 acre lake offers an idyllic setting for a family outing. Farm Museum complex provides a window into 19th-century rural life. It includes all of the typical structures one would encounter on a farm from the last century to include a farm house, barn smokehouse and other typical commercial operations from that era. You can visit a broom shop, wagon shed, general store as well as a firehouse in one room school. After getting a dose of history, drive next door to the Landon C Burns Park and dip a line in the water.
There are no obstacles to fishing this lake. It features a manicured lawn that leads to the lake’s edge with a few scattered groves of trees at the southern end as well as at the western corner. The lake is most accessible from the south given the sloping hill that leads to the bank in the western section and the berm that separates the lake from the museum complex to the north. The sandy bottom does not present any issues to fishing and you should be able to retrieve your lure without picking up underwater vegetation. There are picnic tables and a playground near the parking area that can provide a diversion for young anglers.
East: From Baltimore, take exit 18A from I-695 onto I-795/Northwest Expressway towards Ownings Mills. I-795 will merge into MD 140. Turn left onto MD 97/New Washington Road. Turn right onto Mary Avenue followed by a right onto North Denton Drive. Turn left onto Margaret Avenue and turn right to remain on Margaret Avenue when in merges into Doris Avenue. Turn left on Gist Road and follow it to the entrance to the Park.
South: From I-70, take exit 68 onto MD 72 N/Ridge Road. Turn right onto Kate Wagner Road followed by a left onto Gist Road. Follow Gist Road to the entrance to the Park.
Although there is formal parking at the baseball field, the road runs along the southern boundary of the lake to end in another large parking area.
Access Point: 39.555812,-76.993348
Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the following places: Maryland DNR stocking plan.
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Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore