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Lake Information for Wheatley Reservoir


Operated by the Charles County Department of Recreation, Wheatley Lake, also known as Gilbert Run, was constructed as one of three flood water management impoundments in the 1960's and 70's. Of the three structures, Wheatley was also designated as a "multi-purpose" structure which would allow it to be used as a recreational facility in addition to providing flood and watershed protection. The main source of water for the lake is Wheatley Run, part of the Gilbert Swamp Run drainage. Gilbert Swamp Run flows into the Wicomico River which eventually enters the Potomac River near Cobb Island.

Much of Wheatley Lake is shallow with the deepest part being down near the dam. In recent years, submerged aquatic vegetation has increased around the perimeter of the lake which may make it a little harder to fish from some of the shoreline areas, but is good for the fish population.

Fishing Description: 

Species that are present in Wheatley include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, channel catfish and seasonally stocked rainbow trout.

Directions to Lake: 

From Rt. 5 - Continue south on Rt. 5 through Waldorf. Near Bryantown, turn right onto Oliver Shop Rd. (Rt. 232). Turn left onto Rt. 6 (LaPlata-New Market Rd.). Enter Gilbert Run Park on the left.

From Rt. 301 - Continue south on Rt. 301 through Waldorf and to LaPlata. In LaPlata, turn left onto Rt. 6. Continue east on Rt. 6 (approx. 6 miles) to the Gilbert Run Park entrance on the left.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Wheatley Reservoir
Lake type: 

Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Warren's Bait Box
  • 7403 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd - Glen Burnie, MD
  • (410) 768-6977

Boat Rental

    Schnaitman's Boat Rentals
  • 12518 Wye Landing Ln - Wye Mills, MD
  • (410) 827-7663

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