kayaker on lake johnson near the waterfront center

Lake Johnson Park


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Waterfront Center, Rentals and Picnic Shelters Lake Johnson Pool Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center Trails Other Park Amenities Park Rules

Year 1952 | Acres 300+ (Lake is 150+)

Lake Johnson has 3 miles of paved greenway trails and 2 miles of unpaved trails, fishing, boat, kayak rentals, and a swimming pool. 

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Contact

 

Main | 919-233-2121
Park Manager| Mark Elmore
lakejohnsonrentals@raleighnc.gov

Lake Johnson Pool
Waterfront Center and Rentals
Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

Address

4601 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

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Waterfront Center, Rentals and Picnic Shelters

Come by the Waterfront Center to rent a boat, pay for a private launch, sign up for a class, check out a free rod and reel, or grab a snack before you hit the trail. Open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk (closed Mondays from October - April)

Note: Classes, programs, and special events may lengthen hours. Boat rentals have ended for the season. Stay tuned for updates when we reopen in 2020.

Find out more about rentals and the waterfront center

Lake Johnson Pool

A seasonal pool with:

  • Spray ground
  • Baby pool
  • Lap & recreation pool

View location, contact info and hours

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

Come by the Woodland Center to learn about the park, take a class or access the greenway trail.

Visit the Woodland Center web page

Trails

  • Along a section of Walnut Creek Greenway Trail
  • East side is 2.8 miles of paved trail
  • West side is 1.5 miles of unpaved trail
  • Biking is allowed only on the paved greenway and the woodchip trail leading to the boardwalk at the headwaters of the lake

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Other Park Amenities

Boat Launches

Lake hours: Tuesday-Sunday; 8 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset. The lake may close at any point during the day for weather, programs, or safety reasons. If you hear 3 horn blasts, return to the Waterfront Program Center immediately and exit the water.

  • Lake Johnson allows privately owned, car-top boats to be launched with a small fee during the Waterfront Program Center's operating hours. No Trailers
  • Gas-powered motors are not allowed. Paddles or electric trolling motors only.
  • Boats may only be launched from the Waterfront Program Center beach.
  • Launch fees are to be paid before accessing the lake.
  • Launch Fees: City Resident - $4 day, Non Resident - $6 day, and Senior (62+) - $2 day

Boat rentals have ended for the season. Stay tuned for updates when we reopen in 2020.

Fishing

  • Bank fishing is prohibited
  • Fishing is permitted from our boardwalk, rental boats, or personal boats
  • A current NC fishing license is required to fish at Lake Johnson.
  • Rod and Reel Loaner Program - with an ID you can borrow a rod and reel from us for free.
  • We do NOT sell bait.

QR Fit Trail

  • Six stations, found on the west side of the park, covering approximately a one-mile loop where patrons can stop and use their smartphones' QR reader app to access short videos that lead one through specific types of exercises.
  • Patrons can now easily combine upper body, core, flexibility and lower body exercises with walking or running.

Park Rules

  • Swimming/wading is not allowed
  • All dogs must be under control and on a leash
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet
  • Alcohol is only permitted at special events that have applied for a City of Raleigh Alcohol permit
  • Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot
  • Biking is allowed only on the paved greenway and the woodchip trail leading to the boardwalk at the headwaters of the lake
  • Hammocking is not allowed in the park
  • Drones are not allowed without permit from the Special Events office 919-996–2200
  • Shelters and grills are to be used on a “first come, first served” basis unless previously rented
  • All shelters and grills are closed at sunset, and should be vacated at that time