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OAKLAND — Built in 1972 as a water supply reservoir for the town of Oakland, and opened for fishing in 1975, Broadford Lake Park provides many recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, including fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, and canoeing and kayaking, as well as basketball and volleyball courts.The park, owned by the town of Oakland and used as a source of domestic water, is equipped with an easily accessible boat ramp, pavilions, picnic tables, horseshoe pits, restrooms and playgrounds.Broadford Lake Park contains the facilities to accommodate large picnics and family gatherings, and boasts a 3.1-mile, cross-country running course, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as additional hiking and biking trails.Broadford Lake encompasses 140 acres, with public access permitted along its entire shoreline. The upper shallow end contains submerged stumps, lily pads, and flats with a heavy growth of aquatic vegetation, which provides ideal habitat for many sport fish.The lake supports a wide variety of warm-water fish species. Largemouth bass are the most sought-after species in the waters at Broadford; however, smallmouth bass are also present and can be found near the dam breast and rocky areas of the lake.With an annual spring stocking of approximately 2,000 rainbow trout, and a biannual stocking of juvenile tiger muskies, Broadford provides a wide range of angling opportunities. Tiger muskies grow large in the lake’s waters and give anglers the chance for that once-in-a-lifetime fish.Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources introduced 2,000 striped bass fingerlings in 2008, providing an opportunity not found in most waters throughout the region.Panfish species such as bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, black crappie, yellow bullhead and brown bullhead are also common catches.Fishing and paddle boats are available for rent at the concession stand on an hourly basis. Use of gasoline-powered outboard motors is prohibited.Daily admission to the park is $3 per carload Monday through Friday and $4 per carload on Saturdays and Sundays, except during the July 3 fireworks display and other special events. Persons interested in obtaining a seasonal or family pass are asked to contact Oakland City Hall.Boat rentals are $5 per hour or $15 per day. This includes john boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats.Broadford Family Passes are available at City Hall. Passes are $30 for those living in Oakland city limits. For those living outside city limits, the cost is $35. The passes are not valid for fireworks days or special events.Broadford Senior Passes are also available for those ages 62 and older. These passes are good for a lifetime and can be obtained by bringing in a driver’s license or ID to Oakland City Hall.Boat rentals are $5 per hour, or $15 per day. This includes john boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats.Access to the lake and facilities begins March 31 and runs through Nov. 15. Ice fishing is prohibited.Persons with comments and questions regarding fishing are asked to contact the Maryland Department of Natural Resources by calling 301-334-8218 or by emailing [email protected] information about Broadford Lake Park is available by calling City Hall at 301-334-2691.
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