Cascade Lake, a 6-acre spring-fed lake in Hampstead, has been open to the public for swimming and paddle boating longer than more years than he can count, said Rory Flynn, the son of owners Susanne and Patrick Flynn.
Rory Flynn has been working at the lake in various capacities since 2004, though his family has owned the property since 1992.
"It is really convenient, living where you work," he said.
The college student was managing the office last week as work was getting underway to open the lake for business on May 31.
A roped-off area in the lake sets the boundaries for swimmers. "Dark water is always a risk," Flynn said, of lake swimming. "It is something you learn to deal with."
Inner tubes and floats are allowed and the area also features water slides and platforms.
Not far from the lake, a spray 'n ' playground provides another chance to get wet with geysers, bubblers and water tunnels.
Picnic tables and grills are available and there is also a café and gift shop.
A stocked lake is also available for fishermen.
The lake water is not heated and can be cool, especially after a rain.
In order to swim in the lake, visitors must pass a swimming test, Rory said. Children must be at least 8 years old and swim a required length with no dog paddling or stopping allowed during the test.
The lake attracts visitors from Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Carroll counties, Rory said.
Numerous campers from nearby camps also spend time at the lake over the summer.
"Weekends are pretty busy," he said.
Cascade Lake is located at 2844 Snydersburg Road, Hampstead.
It will open on May 31 and June 1 for weekends. After June 14, it is open every day but Monday.
Gates open at 10 a.m., and close at 6 p.m. on weekdays; 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Individual and family rates available. Daily rates vary, depending on the time.
For information, call 410-374-9111.