Lake Michael Park

Amenities and activities

If you haven't experienced the aesthetically pleasing views at Lake Michael park, it's time to take a hike on our 3 miles of trails, have a picnic with your family, or bring your canoe or kayak out for a beautiful paddle.

Lake Michael also offers many fishing opportunities. Make sure you have your fishing license and bring your bait and tackle!

If you are looking for a leisurely boating experience on our 60 acre lake, we also offer a boat launch that can accommodate boats up to 17.5 feet in length, but remember, there is no wake at Lake Michael, trolling only!

You can also rent one of our 3 shelters for an outdoor family get-together.

Features at the lake:

  • 60 acre lake with 2 piers
  • Fishing (with a fishing license)
  • Marina and boat rentals (currently unavailable, check back in 202)
    • Jon boat - $5/hr
    • Pedal boat - $5/hr
    • Kayak (single) - $5/hr
    • Kayak (double) - $5/hr
    • Canoe - $5/hr
  • 3 shelters with tables (available to rent)
    • $25 for 4 hours (10 am - 2 pm or 3 - 7 pm)
  • Picnic areas
  • Grills
  • Restrooms
  • Paddle boats
  • 2 playgrounds
  • Walking trails
    • Yellow: JJ Knox Trail (.75 mile)
    • Blue: Mason Hall Trail (1.05 miles, one way)
    • Red: Nature Trail (1.25 miles, one way) - bikes allowed on Red trail only


Please follow these when you are at the lake:

  • Absolutely no alcoholic beverages allowed
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times
  • Fishing regulations:
    • Anyone 16 years or older using any type of bait or gear to catch finfish must have a valid North Carolina fishing license.
    • Bass Creel limit of 3, size of at least 14"; 2 of any size total creel limit of 5. (adopted 7-1-91)
    • Creel limit for catfish is 6 per day.
    • NO size limit or creel limit on Bream, Crappie, Goggle-Eye or Robin. These species of fish are very prolific and many times over-populate. This causes stunting of growth size. (adopted 6-5-89)
    • It is unlawful to take out the Grass Carp. (adopted 6-5-89)

Fishing licenses

Purchase a license:

  • Buy online
  • By phone at 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834)
  • From any license agent

If you receive Food Stamps, Medicaid or Work First Family Assistance, you can get a written waiver from the fishing license requirement from the County department of social services.

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