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Bass/Trout – Cunningham Falls Lake (MD)

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Cunningham Falls Lake (also known as Hunting Creek Lake) is the major feature ofCunningham Falls State Park. The man-made lake catches the water from the scenic Cunningham Falls that can be viewed at the end of a half mile hike. At 78 feet, Cunningham Falls is the largest cascading waterfall in the State. In addition to stocked trout, the lake includes a good population of bass, crappie and catfish. While there are places to fish from the shoreline, this is primarily a boating lake, electric motors only. The boat launch is well-maintained and offers quick access to the lake for a small service fee. A concession rents boats during the busy summer season.

The park has plenty of picnic areas surrounding two white sand beaches. The beaches are a major attraction and cause the park to reach capacity early in the day on summer weekends and holidays. In addition to being prohibited in the beach area, fishing is also prohibited from the junction of MD 77 and Catoctin Hollow Road to the output of the dam. Fishing is permitted above the lake downstream of the falls.

Getting There: From Frederick, MD head north on US 15. Exit onto MD 77W and follow it into the park. Turn left onto Catoctin Hollow Road. Follow Catoctin Hollow to the right-hand turn for the boat launch and, farther down, the park itself.

Access Point:

· Boat launch on Catoctin Hollow Road (39.624405,-77.461427),

· Parking lot in the State Park (39.626372,-77.462264)Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the Maryland DNR stocking plan.

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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.

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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