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Home of the 2014 ICF Canoe Kayak World Championships, ASCI was built in 1998 and is situated at the top of Wisp Resort. Its man-made river channel is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course. In addition to the whitewater course, ASCI manages the Fork Run Recreation Area, a 550-acre forest with rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, hiking and geocaching. ᅠASCI hosts national and international caliber events, as well as races, competitions and festivals.
Featured Venue: Deep Creek Lake State Park
Nestled alongside Meadow Mountain, Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest manmade lake. The 3,900 acre lake is 13 miles long with 65 miles of shoreline. Fishing, swimming and boat launching opportunities abound on the lake during the summer months. Neighboring Meadow Mountain has an intricate trail system for mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and hiking. ᅠDuring the winter, the average depth of the ice on the lake is about 18 inches, perfect for ice fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing and other winter activities.
Featured Venue: Savage River State Forest
At over 54,000 acres, Savage River State Forest is the largest state forest in Maryland. ᅠSavage features over 10 miles of cross country ski trails, a public shooting range and a plethora of other year-round activities. The river is a favorite spot for fly fishermen and kayakers. ᅠSavage River hosted the first ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in the United States back in 1989.
Youghiogheny Scenice & Wild River is a part of the Mississippi River watershed that stretches northward into Pennsylvania. In 1976, a 21-mile segment of the Youghiogheny was designated as Maryland’s first Wild River. ᅠThe Class V rapids of Sang Run in the Upper Youghiogheny attract thousands of white-water enthusiasts each year. The rough waters of this wild river make it a challenge for even the most experienced kayakers.
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