Recreation and Parks

Lake Michael


Lake Michael is now open year round for citizens to put their vessels in the lake. This includes kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats.  Motorize vessels may only use the designated boat ramp, boats are limited to 17.5ft. in length.

As of 12/23/2020 the boat ramp has been closed for construction and the lake level. 

Vessels are not being rented at this time due to COVID-19

Absolutely NO WAKE is allowed on Lake Michael.

Park House: Dawn to Dusk

The park gate will be closed to in the event of dangerous weather.

Please feel free to enjoy bank fishing, the wonderful trails, and if you bring your pets, be sure they are on a leash. Fishing from shore or pier is allowed by those with a fishing license issued by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. To purchase a license online, please click HERE


lake michael park



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

Fishing: FREE with already acquired lincense

Boat launch: FREE

Jon boat rentals: $7/Hour

Pedal boat rentals: $5/Hour

Single Kayak rentals: $10/Hour 

Double Kayak rentals: $15/Hour

Canoe rentals: $15/Hour

Shelter rentals: $25/4 Hour time slot (10am-2pm or 3pm-7pm)

Please Click Here to Rent a Shelter 


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)


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 , by telephone at 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) or from any license agent.