Deep Creek Lake is currently frozen and you will no doubt start seeing some sleds out. Please be careful if you decide to go out! Here's a snip from a Maryland Natural Resources Police warning posted in 2016 but still applies today.......
"There are no hard and fast rules about ice safety because weather, water depth and other physical factors all play a role. As a result, people must assess the risk and make their own decision about stepping out on ice.
In evaluating the quality and soundness of the ice, people should remember:
- Never walk or ice fish unless there is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice underfoot.
- Snow can hide cracked, weak ice and open water areas.
- Be aware of stream inlets and outlets. Ice can vary in thickness due to the erosive action of underlying current.
- Slush indicates that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and is a warning of weak or deteriorating ice.
- Wind velocity influences ice formation. Light winds speed up the formation of ice. Strong winds force water from beneath the ice and can decay the edges of the ice."