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Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia

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Lake Kittamaqundi is a man made 27acre reservoir located in Columbia, Maryland in the vicinity of the Mall in Columbia. It is also adjacent to the Rouse Company's offices and visible from US-29.
The lake was created by the Rouse company in 1966 during the development of Columbia. The company and its homeowners association claimed it was named after the first Indian settlement in Howard County and "Kittamaqundi" in the tribe's language translates to "meeting place." Kittamaqundi actually was a 17th-century Piscataway village 40 miles south that was named after its ruler, 'Kittamaquund'. "Kittamaqundi" translates to "Great Beaver Place" or "Strong Bear".
The area surrounding the lake is a popular location for various summer festivals and 4th of July fireworks.
Kittamaqundi is one of four man-made lakes created with the construction of the Columbia development. The lake served a dual purpose as a recreational feature and a low cost primary catch basin for water runoff from Wilde Lake into the Little Patuxent River. In 1973 Hittman Associates was contracted by the EPA to recommend the reuse of storm water runoff from Columbia's reservoir system for residential drinking water to save on development costs.
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  • Love the lake for walking especially at this time of social distancing and lockdown. The path is wide enough to keep you distance and there are many shady areas that keep the heat down. I only wish...  more »
  • The overview of the lake should include details about the Indigenous people for who it was named. In keeping with BIPOC efforts a short history about the origins would be helpful.  more »
  • We truly enjoyed the lovely, peaceful walking path around the lake. The pier is my favorite place to enjoy quiet time, observe the ducks, and nature.
  • Its a great place to just take a walk, jog or bicycle around the lake for excercise or just sit on a bench to just get out and be outdoors or have a picnic. The July 4th celebration fireworks is held here and they never let you down with the fireworks display. During the Meriweather Post Pavilion concert summer series, they do block off the access to the lower parking lot behind The Whole Foods Market during concerts. Avoid parking in the Whole Foods Market parking lot unless your shopping there, they will tow your car, park on the lower lot labeled the Haven, its where everyone parks.

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