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Hunting and Fishing


Rainbow Lake
The 8-acre Rainbow Lake is located just 3.3 miles from Emmitsburg, MD. You need a free permit issued by the town in addition to your state fishing license. To obtain this permit, go to the Emmitsburg Town Office with your fishing license. The reason for this is that Rainbow Lake is a conservation area and provides water to the surrounding community. Therefore, there is no boating, swimming or camping allowed in the vicinity of the lake.

Fishermen will find a variety of fish including catfish, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, bream and bluegill here. Whether you’re spinning, bait casting or fly fishing your chances of getting a bite here are good. So, grab your favorite fly-fishing rod and reel, and head out to Rainbow Lake. For Fishing License purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations please visit Maryland State Dept of Natural Resources.

Hunting in Emmitsburg
There is approximately 1,300 acres owned by the Town available for hunting, such as deer, turkey and small game. Please note, the hunting safety zones and permit have been updated for the 2023 - 2024 hunting season
See below.

Permitted Hunting Areas for Emmitsburg, MD   

Hunting 2024

Here is an Updated copy of the 2023-2024
Hunting Calendar

During hunting seasons trails are only open for bikers and hikers on Sundays

Here is the link to go to the DNR website for further information.

Any questions please contact the Town Office at 301.600.6300 or you can also email us at