Fishing rod with lake in the background

Celebrate Go Fishing Day with Raleigh Parks

Did you know Friday, June 18 is National Go Fishing Day?

Raleigh Parks has many opportunities to go fishing. Here are just a few ways you can go fishing with Raleigh Parks. 

Lake Johnson

Lake Johnson loans out fishing poles at no cost to patrons. They do not provide bait or tackle. We offer fishing programs for all age groups throughout the summer. We do not allow anyone to fish from the banks of the lake, but they do offer fishing from the elevated wooden boardwalk over the lake only. You are also permitted to launch your own non-gasoline-powered craft at the lake for a minimal fee. Questions about fishing at Lake Johnson? Call the park at 919-996-3141. 

Lake Wheeler

Lake Wheeler loans out fishing poles at no cost to patrons. They do not provide bait or tackle. Fishing is permitted in Lake Wheeler and Simpkins Pond with the purchase of a Lake Wheeler fishing permit and is only required if you are fishing on foot. Fishing is allowed on the 2 designated piers and on the shoreline of Simpkins Pond only. You can also fish from a boat on the Lake itself.  With both a fishing permit and a launching permit, you are set to put your boat in the water at one of our boat ramps.  Once you leave the dock the adventure begins as Lake Wheeler has installed and marked Fish habitat in partnership with NC Bass. This new habitat creates a fishing trail for you to test your luck.  

Stop by the park office to purchase a fishing permit and find out about the Rod and Reel Tackle Loaner program. Questions about fishing at Lake Wheeler? Call the park office at 919-662-5704. 

Durant Nature Preserve

Durant Nature Preserve allows fishing from both the fishing dock and boathouse dock on the lower lake. The fishing dock has an ADA-accessible path easily accessed from the North parking lot (Camp Durant Rd). Try your best to catch a sunfish, bass, or catfish, but watch out for the turtles! The upper lake is protected for wildlife and therefore no fishing is allowed. Bank fishing is not allowed at Durant Nature Preserve. Questions about fishing at Durant Nature Preserve? Call the park office at 919-878-9116.

Forest Ridge Park

Forest Ridge Park has an equipment loaner program and a bank fishing area located at the end of the Old 98 Trail. The fishing area is open during park hours and equipment is loaned out for free at our Welcome Center. Plan for your trip; the fishing area is a short walk from the parking area, is subject to environmental conditions, infrastructure is minimal, and although we have poles and tackle boxes we do not have live bait. Questions about fishing at Forest Ridge Park? Call the park office at 919-996-5800.

We hope you enjoy National Go Fishing Day! Share the pictures of the fish you catch with us on social media by tagging us at @RaleighParks.