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Lake Michie

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  1. Boating
  2. Fishing
  3. Picnic Tables
  4. Restrooms

COVID-19 Lake Operations

City Lakes are open with limited operations and capacities in order to meet state and local social distancing requirements. A lottery system is in place to access permits at each lake. Please read all of the following information if you plan to visit our lakes.

The health and safety of our patrons and staff are our top priority. Please do your part and practice social distancing at the lakes by remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Additionally, a face-covering is required at all times, when social distancing is not possible.

Lake Michie Limited Operations
  • Only open for personal boat launches and bank fishing. 
  • Non-motorized boat launches and bank fishing will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first-come, first-serve canoe and kayak launches are car top only. The trailered canoes and kayaks will need to go through the lottery.
  • Personal motorized boat launches will require a permit through a lottery system.
  • No rentals will be available.
Lake Michie Lottery
You MUST use the lottery system in order to be entered for the chance to obtain a permit.

Lotteries will run from 12 a.m.-6 p.m. the day before your desired launch or bank fishing day. For example, if you would like to enter for a chance to obtain a permit on Sunday, text the number on Saturday between 12 a.m.-6 p.m. Results will be sent via text once the lottery closes at 6 p.m.

Text "LM Launch" to 31996 to be entered for a personal motorized boat launch permit at Lake Michie.

Permits are good only for the date and location at which they were issued.

Lake Michie Hours

The lake will be open Friday-Monday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. from March 13 - November 9, 2020.

The lake will also be open on the following holidays:
  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
Lake Michie recently underwent construction, and now includes the following amenities:
  • ADA accessible boat house
  • Handrails that meet ADA specifications
  • A new dock that meets ADA specifications
  • An ADA accessible canoe/kayak launch
Lake Michie offers some of the finest largemouth bass fishing in the Piedmont. Fishing licenses are required.

Rent a city boat from us or launch your own boat for a relaxing day of fishing without the hassles found at larger lakes. For 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
Check out the Underground Weather Station for Lake Michie before heading out to the lake!

No smoking, alcohol or weapons are permitted.

Lake Michie Rental 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 $15 $15
Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Adults (19-54)
$48 $48 $63 $63
Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Seniors 55+
$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

Additional Rental Information

  • 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.
  • To rent or 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.
  • No boats will be rented or launched after 4:30 p.m.

Per City Ordinance:

  • There is no swimming in Lake Michie.
  • Dogs are not allowed on or in the lake.
  • Persons renting canoes, kayaks or Jon boats must wear a PFD (life jacket) at all times.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) / Life Jacket Rules

Renting City Boats
All persons must wear a coast guard approved PFD at all times.

Launching Your Own Boat
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.