Bass – Herrington Lake (MD)

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The lake is another project we can thank the Civilian Conservation Corps for creating in the 1930s. They dammed up Herrington Creek to create the lake. It sits inside the 365 acreHerrington Manor State Park and fishing is only one of the many activities available. There is a beach for swimming, picnic areas, hiking trails as well as tennis, volleyball and furnished log cabins the State rents out to visitors who prefer a roof thicker than tent canvas.

The best way to fish this lake is from a boat. The concession stand rents canoes and kayaks during daylight hours between 10 AM and 5 PM – electric motors only. The deepest part of the lake and the fishing pier is between the boat launch and the dam. At its southern extremity, the channel of Herrington Creek cuts its way across the muddy bottom. The channel is skewed to the north side of the lake and not fishable from the shore.

North: From I-68, take exit 4 onto MD 42. Follow MD 42W to the intersection with Blooming Rose Road and turn left to go back underneath the interstate. Turn left on White Rock Road. Turn right onto Cranesville Road. Cranesville Road becomes Herrington ManorRoad. Turn right at the entrance to the State Park. Stay to the right to get the boat launch and the area near the dam.

Getting There:

South: From Oakland, turn west on E Center Street. Follow it through the intersection with N Bradley Lane onto Bradley Lane to turn right on Liberty Street. Head west on Liberty Street across the river and into the park. The name of the road changes to Herrington Manor Road. Turn left to enter the park on Herrington Manor Lake Road. Stay to the right to get the boat launch and the area near the dam.

Access Point:

·         North end of the lake near the dam (39.457568,-79.451872)

·         Parking area adjacent to the boat launch (39.454971,-79.453657)

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

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Boat launch

Beach area

Looking west

East to 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.

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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