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Do you live, work or recreate near Jennings Randolph Lake? Familiarize yourself with the risks associated with proximity to the dam. 

Jennings Randolph Lake's Pollution Protection Plan

Policy for Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

It is incumbent upon visitors of USACE recreation projects to know the rules concerning use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), such as drones. 

UAS pose a potential risk to USACE personnel, safety, infrastructure, equipment and mission conduct.

In accordance with Title 36 CFR, Parks, Forest and Public Property, Parts 327.4(b) and (c), UAS are prohibited from flying over any USACE projects, except over lands designated by the District Commander or Operations Project Manager.

If a person is operating a UAS in undesignated areas, without exclusive permission, or recklessly, local law enforcement may be called upon.

Please adhere to the information in the "Policy for Operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at Corps
Operations Division Project Lands of the Baltimore District."


Project Contact Info

Project Manager: Charles Fenwick
Phone: 304-355-2346

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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 915 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.

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Howell Run Boat Launch: ​Open April 1, 2024

Howell Run Picnic Area: CLOSED for 2024 season for construction

  • The picnic area is open for reservations between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2024. Outside of these dates, the area is open dependent on weather conditions and we cannot guarantee water will be available due to winterization.

Shaw Beach: Open May 1, 2024

  • The Shaw Beach area will open May 1st for the 2023 recreation season and will remain open unless the project is experiencing a high-water event or other unsafe weather conditions. Weather dependent, the area may open sooner than May 1st. Call the park office (304) 355-2346 for current status.

RWCC:  Open – May 1, 2024 | Closed – Sept. 30, 2024

MD & WV Overlooks: WV overlook is OPEN and MD overlook is OPEN


Robert W. Craig Campground (RWCC)

  • Electric - $22.00/night
  • Family sites - $26.00/night

Picnic Shelters

**Day Use Fee - No Charge**




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