The Garrett County Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club would like to remind ALL snowmobilers that we do not own any property or trails. It's a privilege to ride on someone else's property!
Don't just follow tracks! Private landowners have sleds too.
As a snowmobiler you must recognize that landowners and the general public judge snowmobilers, and our club, based upon how YOU interact with them. We should be courteous, helpful, friendly, and respectful toward anyone we meet along the trail, especially those NOT on a snowmobile.
Deep Creek Lake
Snowmobiling in Garrett County is a little different than areas. Our main trail is the surface of Deep Creek Lake. This is actually a state trail which requires a state permit to operate an off-road vehicle, i.e. your sled. Unlike other snowmobiling areas this trail only exists when the surface of Deep Creek Lake is frozen. As you can imagine this creates a very unique situation for our club. Deep Creek Lake is not a simple body of water and while the ice pack is predictable year after year it is quite impossible to be able to tell the public it is safe to ride. Please review the following information about our trail system and its permitting requirements. Safety first!
As always please check the ice closely anywhere you plan to ride and be safe out there.......
Ice Safety Information
Deep Creek Hydro would like to remind everyone that intake structure at the dam is a very dangerous place in any season.
Ice or not - stay clear of this area!
Ice Thickness and Strength for Various Loading Conditions - Guidelines from the US Army Corps of Engineers
Snowmobiling in Garrett County
1. Maryland requires a current ORV sticker to ride the Lake or State trails.
2. Garrett County requires a current PERMIT for county road access.
THESE ARE 2 SEPARATE STICKERS!
Ride Garrett County - Purchasing an ATV/Snowmobile annual permit allows you to legally ride up to 2 miles on county maintained roadways for easy access to trails.
Garrett County Roads Maintenance Map (pdf) - Map of county maintained roads
Off-Road Vehicle Use On Maryland's Public Lands - Offical information about Maryland ORV permits and State Trails
COMAR Regulations and Maps (pdf) - Code of Maryland Regulations for Snowmobiles
Know the Facts - Maryland's recreational statute (pdf) - In addition to spelling out Maryland's recreational statute this brochure also outlines the benefits of organized snowmobiling in Garrett County.
Understanding Landowner Liability and Recreational Access in Maryland - EB357 (pdf) - Publication from University of Maryland Cooperative Extension explaining Maryland laws relating to landowner liability and trespass, and the safeguards that minimize liability, so that you can make informed decisions regarding the use of your land by others for recreational activities.
Multiple Use Trails For Winter Recreation - Facts and Myths about Snowmobiling (pdf) - The American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) provides national leadership and Coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.