Lake Johnson Waterfront Center

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The Waterfront Program Center opened in September 2000. The focus of the center is on water-based outdoor recreation. The Waterfront Program Center offers a variety of paddling, sailing, and fishing programs.

Contact

 

Assistant Park Manager Chris Hill 
919-233-2121

For Site Rentals
919-233-2121
lakejohnsonrentals@raleighnc.gov

Lake Johnson Park

Address

Lake Johnson Waterfront Center
4601 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

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Programs

Two kayakers on lake johnson

Registration may be done online at reclink.raleighnc.gov or in person at a staffed City of Raleigh recreation site during regular business hours.

View fishing & nature programs

Boating

Boat Rentals

The Waterfront Center is closed. This includes boat rentals. See more Parks COVID-19 information.

Personal Boat Launches

Hours: Daily, starting at 8 a.m. with boats off the water by 7:30 p.m.

  • 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 (Free through August 7, 2020)

Site Rentals

919-233-2121 | lakejohnsonrentals@raleighnc.gov

To begin the rental process, please complete the Rental Inquiry Form and submit it to the site’s Rental Coordinator at LakeJohnsonRentals@raleighnc.gov. Submission does not guarantee reservation.

Large room with wood floors, conference tables and lakefront view out windows

Waterfront Program Conference Room

  • $75/hour (2-hour minimum)
  • Max Capacity: 76 people
  • Dimensions: 23' x 35'
  • This spacious room features a beautiful vaulted ceiling with a panoramic view of the lake.

Verandah

  • $30/hour 
  • Expand your indoor rental to include this covered deck area adding an outdoor component to your rental that is protected from the elements.
  • Dimensions: 20’ x 20’
Wedding guests seated on the deck on lake johnson parks

Verandah and Deck

  • $60/hour
  • Expand your indoor rental to include most of the deck at the center, ideal for outdoor games like cornhole.

Picnic Shelters

Group hosting a party with balloons and food at a picnic shelter at Lake Johnson

Small Shelter

  • $10/hour (2-hour minimum)
  • Max Capacity: 15 people
  • Shelter 1: Parking lot adjacent 
  • Shelter 2: Approximately 150 yards from parking lot

Medium Shelter

  • $12/hour (2-hour minimum)
  • Max Capacity: 30 people
  • Shelter 4: Approximately 100 yards from parking lot

Shelter Rules

  • Alcohol is not permitted at any shelter
  • Shelters and grills are to be used on a “first-come, first serve” basis unless rented
  • All shelters and grills are closed at sunset and should be vacated at that time.

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Rentals - Additional Fees

Fee Information

Required Fee

  • $15 non-refundable application fee
  • $40 Setup/Cleanup fee
  • $100 Refundable Damage Deposit Fee
Optional - After Hours Fee
  • Fee applies only to hours outside normal operational hours
  • A portion of the rental most occur during normal operational hours and may end by 10 p.m.
Optional - Alcohol Permit Fee
  • Alcohol only permitted with approved permit. Permit only allows for consumption of beer, wine, and champagne. No spirits or liquors.
  • Consumption of alcohol only permitted in rented spaces.
  • Alcohol permit must be submitted and paid for at least 21 business days prior to event for approval. Submission does not guarantee approval of permit.