Lake Michie Park and Marina
- Picnic Tables
Currently, water levels at Lake Michie have reached a point where launching motorized boats from the ramp poses a significant risk of damage to the boats. We must temporarily close access to motorized boats until conditions improve.
Lake Michie Dam and Pump Station was constructed in 1925. The Lake Michie and Little River Raw Water Pump Station Improvements project will provide comprehensive rehabilitation of the raw water pump stations at both Lake Michie and Little River. This will include, new pumps, piping, valves, electrical gear, wiring, HVAC, lighting, instrumentation, and architectural improvements. There are also improvements relative to the dams themselves. The project cost totals $70M and the project duration to complete all work at both sites is approximately 3 years.
Lake Michie offers some of the finest largemouth bass fishing in the Piedmont. N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission fishing licenses are required. Launch your own boat for a relaxing day of fishing without the hassles found at larger lakes. Lake Michie also offers an ADA accessible boat house, dock, and canoe/kayak launch.
- Lake Michie is open to the public Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from Friday, March 10 through Monday, November 6, 2023.
- Lake hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
The lakes will also be open on the following holidays:
- Good Friday
- Easter Sunday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
Lake Michie Fees
|Activity||City Resident with Play More Card||City Resident without Play More Card||Non-City Resident with Play More Card||Non-City Resident without Play More Card|
|Bank Fishing (per day) Youth / Teen (0-18)||$0||$0||$4.50||$5|
|Bank Fishing (per day) Adults (19-54)||$2.70||$3||$7.20||$8|
|Bank Fishing (per day) Seniors (55+)||$1.80||$2||$6.30||$7|
|Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Youth / Teen (0-18)||$0||$0||$15||$15|
|Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Adults (19-54)||$48||$48||$63||$63|
|Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Seniors 55+||$32||$32||$47||$47|
|Motor Boat Launch (per day)||$5.40||$6||$9.90||$11|
|Motor Boat Launch (seasonal pass)||$96||$96||$111||$111|
|Non-Motor Boat Launch||$4.50||$5||$9||$10|
|6-Hour Boat / Canoe / Kayak Rental||$5.40||$6||$9.90||$11|
We do not give refunds or free rentals.
To receive the Play More Card discount, you must show your Play More Card to the attendant. Visit our Play More Card page for more information on the benefits program.
Lake Michie Lake Rules
- There is no swimming in Lake Michie.
- Dogs are not allowed on or in the lake.
- To launch a boat, you must show a government-issued photo ID.
- Lakes may only be accessed during operating hours, Friday through Monday mid-March to mid-November and with a permit purchased at the boathouse.
- Persons operating rental canoes and kayaks must wear a PFD (life jacket) at all times.
- No boats will be rented or launched after 4:30 p.m.
- No smoking, alcohol or weapons are permitted.
Personal Flotation Device (PFD) / Life Jacket Rules
All boaters 12 and under must wear an approved PFD at all times. All boaters must have a USCG approved PFD with them on the boat at all times.
Failure to abide by City rules or State Law for PFDs will result in suspension of privileges or fines issued by the NC Wildlife Commission.
Underground Weather Station
Check out the Underground Weather Station for Lake Michie before heading out to the lake!
Camping at Lake Michie
DPR offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including camping at the Spruce Pine Lodge and Holly Grove campsites, within the Lake Michie Recreation Area located in Bahama. The area has 7 primitive campsites open year-round. There are five individual campsites and a group campsite at Spruce Pine Lodge and one group campsite at Holly Grove. The group campsites have a grill, picnic tables, and ample space for tents. The individual campsites each have a tent pad, grill, and picnic table. No electrical hookups are available and campers should bring water and other necessities. Vehicular access to the campgrounds is limited. Also offered nearby are boating (paved boat launch), fishing, and trail hiking.
Campsites are operated by DPR and may be reserved by calling 919-560-4355, ext. 27202 to obtain a permit.
Permits must be purchased by Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the remainder of the work week and weekend. All reservations are made on a "first come, first served" basis.
DIRECTIONS: Take Roxboro Road North (Rte 501); go approximately 12 miles; turn right onto Bahama Road; after 2.5 miles, take a left at the “Spruce Pine Lodge” sign for the Spruce Pine Lodge campsites or take a right at Archery Range Road for the Holly Grove campsite.
*Prior to use of the camping facility, a permit must be obtained from DPR.
Contact Lake MichieFor more information about Lake Michie, please call:
- 919-477-3906, Friday-Monday & mid-March to mid-November
- 919-560-4405, Tuesday-Thursday & mid-November to mid-March