Graham-Mebane Lake

Graham-Mebane Lake is closed for the winter season. It will re-open for weekends in February 2015. Thank you for visiting us and have an enjoyable winter season!

3218 Bason RoadGraham Mebane Lake
Mebane, NC  27302
(919) 563-6544

Mailing Address
PO Box 357 
Graham, NC 27253

Hours of Operation*
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday: 7am to before dusk
Sunday: 1pm-before dusk

November & February
Saturday: 8am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm

CLOSED December & January
Graham-Mebane Lake is always closed on Tuesdays.
*Hours vary by season, please call 919.563.6544 for current operating hours.

About Graham-Mebane Lake
Graham-Mebane Lake is a 660-acre municipal reservoir.  Formerly known as Quaker Lake, the Lake was expanded from 150 acres to its’ present size in 1994.  In addition to Quaker Creek, four other creeks (Otter Creek, Mill Creek, Stagg Creek, and Back Creek) feed into the lake.

Graham-Mebane Lake offers sport fishing, boating, skiing, bank fishing, picnicking, and the peace of a relaxing afternoon.  The lake is the source of drinking water for the citizens of Graham, Mebane, Green Level, and Swepsonville, so no swimming or wading is allowed.

For safety, recreation at Graham-Mebane Lake is allowed only between sunrise and sunset.  As these hours change with the season, please call the marina for current operating hours.  We also restrict admittance during storms.  The marina offers fishing supplies, worms, and crickets for sale, along with ice, snacks, and drinks and restrooms.  We have several free-of-charge picnic tables and grills located in the Bank Fishing area offered on a first come basis.

The Graham-Mebane Lake is an alcohol free facility. Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Lake User Fees

Alamance County &
Mebane Residents that live in Orange County
(proof of residency is required)

Non-Alamance County Residents

Boat Launching  (All types of motorized vessels)

$4 per boat +
$2 per person

$7 per boat +
$2 per person

Senior Citizen (65 years of age or older) Boat Launching

$2 per boat +
$1 per person

$2 per boat +
$1 per person

Non-motorized Boats

$4 flat fee

$4 flat fee

Bank Fishing

$2 per person

$3 per person

Senior Citizen & Totally Disabled Bank Fishing

$1 per person

$1 per person

Annual Users’ Fee Permit (includes boat launching and per person fee for purchasing individual)

$60 per year

$85 per year

Fishing Licenses
Under State law, a fishing license is necessary for anyone 16 or older except on July the Fourth.  For more information on licenses, please contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission at 888-2huntfish (888-248-6834), Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, or see the license information on the Commission’s website,  You can purchase a State fishing license by mail or on-line through the NC Wildlife Commission’s website, or at local sporting goods locations.

Shelter Rental

The Lake has an open-air shelter available for rent.  It’s a great place for birthday parties, reunions, and picnics.  Maximum capacity is 35 people.  The shelter is reserved weeks in advance so be sure to contact the Marina for availability. Call 919.563.6544 for more information, or stop by the marina for shelter availability and bookings.

Shelter Fees:
Alamance County and Mebane Residents who live in Orange County: $25.00 for a 4-hour period, $50.00 all day
Non-Residents: please call 919.563.6544 for pricing.

Events and Programs

Youth Fishing Derby
Every June the Graham Recreation and Parks Department holds a FREE youth fishing derby for kids ages 4-15.  A hotdog lunch is provided to youth participants.  Prizes are awarded in three age categories. Pre-registration begins in May.

Big Bass Tournament

Graham-Mebane Lake sponsors a season-long big bass tournament.  There is a monthly winner (March-October) for the heaviest largemouth bass caught and weighed.  Each monthly winner receives an annual permit ($60 value) for the upcoming year and qualifies for the Fish-Off the first Saturday of March the following year.  The winner of the Fish-Off receives a cash prize.  Entrance fee: $25.00.

2015 Big Bass Tournament


Winning Weight


Catfish Tournaments
The Lake sponsors three catfish tournaments each summer.  Each tournament runs from 8:00 pm to midnight.  A cash prize is awarded to the angler who catches and weighs the heaviest catfish during the four-hour tournament.  Entrance Fee: $15.00. Call 919.563.6544 for more information.

2014 Catfish Tournament Dates: May 31st, June 28th, August 2nd

2015 Catfish Tournaments


Winning Weight


Ski Tournaments
We are proud to host two INT wakeboard competitions each summer. These events are designed by INT to encourage entrants of all ages to challenge their abilities at non intimidating, fun events.  Over a hundred competitors and spectators attend each tournament. See the INT website for more information.

NC Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program
Graham-Mebane Lake participates in the NC Wildlife Tackle Loaner Program. The program is designed to introduce kids to fishing by allowing them to sign out fishing rods to use free of charge.  Parental guidance is required. Please ask Lake Staff for more information.

Community Fishing Program
The Graham Recreation and Parks Department has joined with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission’s Community Fishing Program to install a handicap-accessible fishing pier and four solar-powered fish feeders to make fishing more enjoyable for all anglers.  This makes our Bank Fishing area ideal for families seeking enjoyable and economical fishing trips.