Lake Elkhorn

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Lake Elkhorn
View of Lake Elkhorn, with townhouses in background
Location Columbia, Maryland
Coordinates 39°11′01″N 76°50′27″W / 39.1836°N 76.8409°W / 39.1836; -76.8409Coordinates: 39°11′01″N 76°50′27″W / 39.1836°N 76.8409°W / 39.1836; -76.8409
Type manmade
Primary inflows Elkhorn Branch of the Little Patuxent River
Primary outflows Little Patuxent River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 37 acres (15 ha)

Lake Elkhorn is a 37-acre (150,000 m2)[1] reservoir located in the Owen Brown area of Columbia, Maryland. 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.[2] It is Columbia's third and largest lake.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5][6] A movement was started soon after to erect a fence around the lake, but the community was split over this need, and a consultant concluded a fence was not necessary.[7][8][9] 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.[10]

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  1. ^ Gelbert, Doug.A Bark in the Park: The 50 Best Places to Hike with Your Dog, Cruden Bay Books, 2003, ISBN 0-9644427-7-9, p. 111
  2. ^ How Columbia, MD Streets Were Names
  3. ^ Kellner, Barbara.Columbia, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0-7385-1792-5, p.96
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  5. ^ Elizabeth Lean (12 June 1991). "Columbia Assn. faces charges in employee drowning Working conditions said to seriously violate state code". The Baltimore Sun. 
  6. ^ "Men from Pa., Arbutus drown in 2 Md. lakes". The Baltimore Sun. 18 August 1980. 
  7. ^ Blakely, Andrei."Community split over need for playground barrier"
  8. ^ "Offices Proposed Next to Woodlawn"Washington Post, December 1, 2005
  9. ^ Partlow, Joshua."Boy Wanders Away, Drowns in Howard Lake"Washington Post, September 3, 2005
  10. ^ Luke Lavoie (10 October 2013). "Police find body in Columbia's Lake Elkhorn". The Baltimore Sun.