What are the lake’s hours?

City ordinance requires that activities on the lake be limited to daylight hours.  As these hours vary with the seasons, so do the lake’s operating hours.  See Hours of Operation for current hours.

Do I need a fishing license?

Yes, anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid NC fishing license.  Licenses may be purchased online from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission or at area sporting goods stores.

What’s it cost to bank fish?

For residents of Alamance County and Mebane residents in Orange County, ages 13-64 the fee is $2; senior citizens (age 65+) $1; children 12 and younger are free.  See our User Fees page for boat launching and Out-of-County rates.  Please show proof of residency and age.

Can I swim in the lake?

No, the primary purpose of the lake is for municipal water supply so swimming is not allowed.

What fish species are in the lake and what are the size limits?

Largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish are the most sought after fish in the lake.  Other species include bluegill, carp, and shad.

An angler is allowed a limit of five (5) bass over 14 inches per day.  There are no other size or number limits on fish.

Does the lake sell live bait?

Yes, the lake sells night crawlers, red worms, and crickets.  We do not sell minnows.  Hooks, weights, bobbers, and ice may also be purchased at the Marina.