Howell Run Boat Launch Recreation Area closed for the season

Published Sept. 14, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Jennings Randolph Lake has closed the Howell Run Boat Launch Recreation Area for the recreation season due to low lake elevation levels.

The Maryland boat launch, operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), is still open for use and is not impacted by the lower lake elevation. The Maryland boat launch is located on Mt. Zion Road off of Maryland state route 135 on Backbone Mountain.

Due to the lower water elevations, the Army Corps of Engineers encourages all boaters to use caution when launching from the Maryland boat ramp.  Users should be aware that underwater objects may be closer to the surface and pose additional hazards to boaters and skiers.  Additionally, the entire lake is now accessible to shoreline fishing.

As always, the Army Corps of Engineers encourages all boaters to wear life jackets while on the lake.

For information on the MDNR boat launch, call Herrington Manor State Park at (301) 334-9180, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding Howell Run Boat Launch, please message the Jennings Randolph Lake Facebook page at or call the park office at (304) 355-2346 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ask to speak to one of the park rangers.

Bill Donnellan

Release no. 15-018