Graham-Mebane Lake General Information

Hours of Operation

*Graham-Mebane Lake is closed every Tuesday*

January CLOSED
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)
December CLOSED

We do not launch boats or take bank anglers within 1 hour of closing.

Graham-Mebane Lake User Fees

 Alamance Co. & Mebane Residents in Orange Co. Non-Alamance Co. Residents
Boat Launching
All motorized vessels$5 per boat + $2 per person$8 per boat + $2 per person
Senior Citizens$3 per boat + $1 per person$3 per boat + $1 per person
Non-motorized Vessels$5 per boat$8 per boat
Senior Citizens$3 per boat$3 per boat
Bank Fishing
Ages 13 and older$2 per person$3 per person
Senior Citizens and Persons with 100% Disability$1 per person$1 per person
Annual User Fee Permit(covers specified owner and boat only)
Annual User Fee$60 per year$85 per year
Senior Annual User Fee$50 per year$60 per year

*Senior Citizen age is 65 and older. Customer must present proof of residency and age.

Directions to Graham-Mebane Lake

Address: 3218 Bason Road, Mebane, NC 27302

From the East, West, and South:
Exit from (or cross over) I40/85 at Exit 150 Haw River. Go north (toward Haw River) 1.7 miles to intersection with Hwy 70. Cross over Hwy 70 and travel 0.5 miles to traffic light at intersection with Hwy 49. Take a sharp right onto Bason Road. Travel 1.9 miles to marina entrance on left.

From the North:
Travel south on Hwy 49 or Hwy 119 to the intersection with Mebane Rogers Road. Turn onto Mebane Rogers Road and travel until you cross over the lake. Travel 0.5 miles and turn onto Bason Road. Travel 1 mile to marina entrance on right.


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.