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Lake Elkhorn Park, Columbia

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Lake Elkhorn is a 37acre reservoir located in the Owen Brown area of Columbia, Maryland. It is Columbia's third and largest lake. Its main features are a small dam and a park with a picnic pavilion and a two-mile (3 km) walking path around the lake. The path was built in 1982. It is surrounded by a park and townhouses. The lake, which was built in 1974, is named for the Elkhorn branch of the Little Patuxent River. In 1969, Spiro Agnew proclaimed the arrival of the first Columbia based scientific firm, Hittman Associates that relocated for favorable lease rates from Howard Research and Development. Hittman in turn was contracted by the EPA using Wilde Lake as an example to recommend reuse of storm water runoff from all of Columbia's reservoir systems for residential drinking water to save on development costs. The lake is overseen by the Columbia Association. The lake's location behind a large number of townhouses, though considered an attractive feature to homeowners, has raised concern following the drowning of a small child on September 2, 2005. A drowning occurred in 1980 and a maintenance worker drowned in March 1991. A movement was started soon after to erect a fence around playground next to the lake, but the community was split over this need, and a consultant concluded a fence was not necessary. The lake remained free of incidents until the 8 October 2013 when a body of a 32-year-old was found dead in the lake.
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  • I walked around the lake with some friends. It was nice. We saw some animals and fish swimming in the lake!  more »
  • I grew up in the Columbia and Ellicott City areas. I have been to many parks around both areas. Although, I have to say, I am not in love with any of them, I particular feel that Lake Elkhorn is the.....  more »
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  • I took my two-year-old son to Lake Elkhorn Park playground today and we had a wonderful time! There was tons of shade to keep us cool, both play structures were suitable for his age, plus there were swings, a sandbox with trucks/toys, and a nearby bridge to look at Lake Elkhorn! There was so much to see and do! We had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back.
  • Now this is the most serene, quiet, and loved places to be. If you want to just walk, meditate, jog, picnic, or a place to take the little ones, this is the place to be. I use the lake and water fall for backdrop of Facebook Live videos. A great place for photo shoots. I love this place. Individuals, couples, families, bikers, you name it, they are there. And, it is large enough that no one gets in your space and reason to be there. I applaud Howard County for the great parks and lakes, perfectly located throughout each Village.
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