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District Contact Info

Project Manager: Karl Hakala
Phone: 304-355-2346

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Overview

The Jennings Randolph Lake project (originally called Bloomington Lake) consists of a rolled earth and rockfill dam, rising 296 feet from the lake bottom.  The dam, dike, and spillway extends 2130 feet across the valley.  At its full conservation pool, the lake is approximately 6.6 miles long with a surface area of 952 acres. The project became operational in 1981.  Project purposes include flood risk management, water quality, low flow augmentation, water supply, and recreation.

Tucked between Garrett County, Maryland, and Mineral County, West Virginia, Jennings Randolph Lake stretches along 5.5 miles of spectacular countryside on the North Branch of the Potomac River. The area is renowned for its unspoiled wilderness and natural beauty. The lake provides a sanctuary for countless birds, animals and fish where nature comes first and having fun is a close second.

Recreation opportunities at Jennings Randolph Lake include boat ramps for fishing and boating, beach and picnic areas, and the Robert W. Craig campground.  Whitewater releases are made each spring from the dam's outlet works.

A status information line at the lake that will allow you to get up-to-date information on the lake conditions, local weather forecast and other pertinent lake related information. The number to call is 304-355-2890.

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Seeking Beach Conscessioner


If you or someone you know is interested in running a food concession stand this summer at Shaw Beach please contact the park office at (304)355-2346.

Jennings Randolph Lake is actively searching for a motivated person(s) who is willing to work Friday through Sunday between Memorial Day (May 26) and Labor Day (Sep 1).

Operation is through a lease agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. You must provide your own food concession stand and secure all necessary licenses and permits and operate the food concession stand in compliance with the sanitary and health codes of the state and local authorities.

The Shaw Beach Recreation area will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on a daily basis.

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