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 Jennings Randolph Lake

Jennings Randolph Lake is located on the North Branch Potomac River in Garrett County, MD, and Mineral County, WV, approximately eight miles upstream of Bloomington, MD, and approximately five miles north of Elk Garden, WV. The lake was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Flood Control Act of Oct. 23, 1962.

The lake offers great opportunities for fishing, boating, and a beach for swimming. A system of scenic trails offer opportunities for for hiking, and hunting. Pavillions and benches offer plenty of room for casual or family picnics.

A family oriented campground is spaciously located on the hills above the lake. The campground has 82 campsites, of which 70 have electrical services. The facility has hot showers, water hydrants every third or fourth site, and flush toilets at the washhouse and in the back loop comfort station.

The campground also features a playground for children, campground store, horseshoe pits, and an amphitheater for evening programs presented by the ranger staff on Saturday nights. A large group picnic shelter with electricity, potable water, a full basketball court and horseshoe pits is also available.

The ranger staff as well as the campground hosts will be happy to register any fish caught for our "Catch of the Month" contest.

West Virginia Overlook & Waffle Rock
The West Virginia Overlook provides a panoramic view of the dam, outlet works, and lake. This overlook is also home for the "Waffle Rock," a rare geologic structure that is a portion of the sandstone bedrock that was folded and fractured during the formation of the Appalachian Mountains over 300 million years ago. The waffle formation itself results from iron oxide that leached into the fractured sandstone filling the void between the grains of sand, cementing them together extra strongly. The resulting dark red sandstone along the joints was more resistant to erosion and weathering than the surrounding rock and stands as the grids of the waffle. The West Virginia Overlook is open year round, weather permitting.

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View from Sunset Trail Overlook

Operating Dates

Recreation Area

Opening Date

Closing Date

Robert W. Craig Campground

May 14, 2004

September 30, 2004

WV/Howell Run Boat Launch

April 1, 2004

October 31, 2004

Howell Run Picnic Area

May 3, 2004

October 31, 2004

MD Boat Launch

April 1, 2004

October 31, 2004


MD Boat Launch

$5.00 per boat

WV Boat Launch

$3.00 per boat. Annual passes are available for $30.00. Free for registered campers. Golden Age/ Golden Access cardholders receive 50 percent discount.

Howell Run Picnic Shelter

$45 per day

Campground Group Shelter

$45 per day

Special Event Permit

$50 per day

(non electric sites)

$16 per night

(electric sites)

$20 per night

Army, Corps Of Engineers
Jennings Randolph Lake
PO BOX 247
Elk Garden, WV 26717-0247
(304) 355-2346


We are open sunrise to sunset daily.

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