Graham-Mebane Lake closes for the season on Saturday, November 30. We will re-open Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Spillway Maintenance at the Graham Water Treatment Plant Completed
The mandatory maintenance on the City of Graham’s Water Treatment Plant’s spillway was completed in October. This maintenance required the lake water level be lowered 3′ and maintained below this level until completion. The lack of summer and early fall rainfall has lowered the lake further. Late fall and winter precipitation is needed to return the water level to full pool.
Due to the low water conditions, the Fish-Off has been postponed to
Saturday, November 2, 2019 – UPDATED: Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Graham-Mebane Lake is a 650-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. The lakes primary purpose is as a source of drinking water for the citizens of Graham, Mebane, Green Level, and Swepsonville, no swimming or wading is allowed.
Graham-Mebane Lake offers sport fishing, boating, skiing, bank fishing, picnicking, and the peace of a relaxing afternoon. There are seven boat launching ramps, along with bank fishing areas and two fishing piers. The marina features a boat ramp seven lanes wide, offering ample space for loading and unloading multiple boats at once. There are three long ramps and four short ramps. The short ramps are closed during periods of low water levels for launching safety. There are also two docks for securing boats. The lake also offers tournaments and programs to participate in (see link below for upcoming tournaments and programs).
The Graham-Mebane Lake marina provides an assortment of live bait including crickets, red worms, and night crawlers. Fishing supplies (hooks, bobbers, weights, stringers) are also available. The marina offers refreshments to purchase (drink and snack machines). Take a break in the sitting area to discuss the best fishing spots with the marina staff and be sure to check out the Fish Photo Wall of Fame, all from the current year. Restrooms are available at the marina and along the bank fishing area.
The lake also features one large picnic shelter with an outdoor grill. Reservations are recommended for the use of the large picnic shelter for scheduled events (see hours & contract/fees). First come, first served if there is not a reservation. There are also several other free-of-charge picnic areas with grills located throughout the marina area offered on a first come basis. Please contact the marina for more information about reservations.
To ensure a safe trip, follow all NCWRC boating rules and regulations. For safety, Graham-Mebane Lake restricts admittance during periods of lightning, heavy rain, and fog until safe boating/fishing is assured. Graham-Mebane Lake is an alcohol-free facility. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible.
Hours of Operation & Fees
Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Lake Programs & Events
Picnic Shelter Rental Contract
Ski Area Usage & Policies
City of Graham Drone Policy
NCWRC Boating Rules & Regulations
Special Use Form (for approved fire/rescue groups only)
Frequently Asked Questions
Graham Recreation & Parks
ATTN: Graham-Mebane Lake
PO Drawer 357
Graham, NC 27253