The first thing to notice is the excessive amount of trash that has piled up at the northern edge of the lake adjacent to the parking area. Please do not add to the mess when you visit the pond. Other than that, the pond sits in an attractive location surrounded by dense forest. There is an easy access berm that leads around the eastern edge of the pond extending all the way to the southern tip. The adventurous can continue beyond the trail, into the woods, to reach the southwest corner of the pond. During periods of high water, a deep and wide puddle forms on the berm within 20 yards of the parking area that blocks access to those who do not wear waterproof boots or care about getting their feet wet.
In addition to walking on the berm, there is a faint trail leading directly west to disappear into the thick brush after approximately 15 yards of travel. It is problematic to fish from the western bank as a result of the densely packed vegetation that limits access to the water. In fact, fly rodders will have a tough time fishing anywhere on the pond as a result of the closeness of the trees to the shoreline. The best type of gear to use here is a spin rod.
Getting There: Head north on I-270 towards Frederick; merging onto US 15 and then taking exit 13B onto US 40 W/Baltimore National Pike. After driving through a built-up area that features several stoplights, US 40 eventually turns into a decent high-speed road. Follow it for approximately 8 miles to turn right on Harmony Road. Turn right on Coxey Brown Road and follow it until it dead ends on Gambrill Pike Road. Turn left. Be alert for the right-hand turn onto Hamburg Road. The pond is on the right approximately 0.6 miles from the turn onto Hamburg.
After the turn, be alert since the entrance to the pond is unmarked. The only indicator is a 25 yard stretch of side road and the glimmer of water through the underbrush. If you do not have a high clearance vehicle, take care as you cut right onto the “service road.” There is plenty of room for parking here – both on the service road or on the main dirt road.
Access Point: 39.515432,-77.488478
Secrets Revealed? No. This is a very public location that is documented in the Maryland DNR stocking plan.
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Berm on the east side. Note the size of the puddle
West bank – tight.
Close vegetation on the west
Southwest corner is reasonably clear.
Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore