Recreation and Parks

Lake Michael

Hours:

Lake Michael is open seasonally from March to October.

lake michael parkCurrent Hours of Operation:

Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm or dusk, whichever is earlier

Sunday: 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm or dusk, whichever is earlier

Closed Tuesday - Wednesday

Call 919-563-4573 for specific times.

Programs: playground
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Paddle boats
  • Pontoon rides
  • Marina
  • Shelter rentals
  • Grills
Fees:

Fishing: $2 per person: children 6 and under are free, adults 60 and older are free. Fishing license is required.

Boat launch: $4

Jon boat rentals: $4

Pedal boat rentals: $1 per person

Pontoon boat rides: $1 per person
Rules:

ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED

The fishing regulations for Lake Michael Park are as follows:

Effective January 1, 2007, any anglers ages 16 years and older using any type of bait or gear to catch fin fish while fishing North Carolina’s public waters must possess a valid NC fishing license.

  1. Bass Creel limit of 3, size of at least 14"; 2 of any size total creel limit of 5 (adopted 7-1-91).
  2. Creel limit for catfish is 6 per day.
  3. NO size limit or creel limit on Bream, Crappie, Goggle-Eye or Robin. These species of fish are very prolific and many times over-populate. This causes stunting of growth size. (adopted 6-5-89)

It is unlawful to take out the Grass Carp (adopted 6-5-89)

FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENT

Since 2007, anglers 16 years and older using any type of bait or gear to catch finfish while fishing North Carolina's public waters must possess a valid North Carolina fishing license.

Anglers who receive Food Stamps, Medicaid or Work First Family Assistance may obtain a written waiver from this new fishing license requirement through their county Department of Social Services.

Licenses may be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org , by telephone at 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) or from any license agent.