Graham-Mebane Lake Hours, Fees, & Directions
IMPORTANT NOTICE for all VISA/Mastercard Payments: Effective October 10, 2023, a convenience fee of 2.2% will be charged to all VISA/Mastercard transactions (VISA/Mastercard accepted). Cash and checks are accepted without this fee and can be made in person at the Graham Recreation Center (311 College Street, Graham, NC 27253). Checks payable to the “City of Graham” can be mailed to: City of Graham, ATTN: Recreation & Parks, PO Drawer 357, Graham, NC 27253
Hours of Operation
*Graham-Mebane Lake is closed every Tuesday*
February 8:00am – 5:00pm (open Friday, Saturday, Sunday – weather permitting)
March 8:00am – 5:00pm (until Daylight Savings Time, after DST close at 6:00pm)
April 7:00am – 7:00pm
May, June, & July 6:30am – 8:00pm
August 7:00am – 7:00pm
September 7:00am – 6:30pm
October 8:00am – 6:00pm
November 8:00am – 5:00pm (weekends only)
We do not launch boats or take bank anglers within 1 hour of closing.
For safety, Graham-Mebane Lake restricts admittance during periods of lightning, heavy rain, and fog until safe boating/fishing is assured. The lake does not put boats on the water or anglers on the bank until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike within 10 miles. Boaters already on the water and anglers already fishing in the bank area must use their own judgement as when to seek safety during lightning conditions.
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 North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission or at area sporting goods stores.
What’s it cost to bank fish?
For anglers ages 13-64 the fee is $3, 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 present proof of 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 nightcrawlers, red worms, and crickets. We do not sell minnows. Hooks, weights, bobbers, and ice may also be purchased at the Marina.