The lake at Lake Wheeler Park

Lake Wheeler Park

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Year 1956 | Acres 800 (650 acres of lake; 150 acres of park and land buffer)

Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Wheeler once served as Raleigh's secondary auxiliary water supply lake.

Beginning in 2010, Lake Wheeler was reinstated as a primary water supply for Raleigh and surrounding Wake County communities and feeds water to the Dempsey Benton Water Treatment Plant.

Contact

 

919-662-5704

Park Manager Chris Murray
Assistant Park Manager Ben Coats

Address

Lake Wheeler Park
6404 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Information

landscaping and stairs in front of lake wheeler office

Visit us at the park office and inquire about the various amenities we have to offer. Rent a boat, pay to launch your personal boat, and ask about our fishing rod and reel loaner program.

Lake Wheeler has a small concession stand to purchase a drink or grab a snack while you are out enjoying the park.

Park is open daily from dawn to dusk (closed on Mondays from October – March)

Park Rules

  • Pets must be restrained on a leash at all times with in the park.
  • Swimming and/or wading is not allowed.
  • No alcohol of any kind.
  • Smoking is only permitted in designated parking lots.
kids in two boats on shoreline as part of camp at lake wheeler

Public Programs

Amenities

Boat Rentals

The boating rental season begins on May 15, 2020.

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) 

Rental Hours: Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pricing: $15 for 1.5 hours
Rentals will be available on the hour beginning at the opening rental time listed above.

Kayaks

Rental Hours: Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pricing: $10 for 1.5 hours
Rentals will be available on the hour beginning at the opening rental time listed above.

Row Boats

Rental Hours: Wed-Fri 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pricing: $4 for 1 hour
Rentals will be available on the hour beginning at the opening rental time listed above.

Pedal Boats

Rental Hours: Wed-Fri 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pricing: $6 for 30 minutes
Rentals will be available on the hour beginning at the opening rental time listed above.

Two people rowing in a canoe at lake wheeler

Personal Boat Launches

Hours: Daily, sunrise to 1 hour before sunset

  • Boats (trailered and non-trailered) are allowed to launch into Lake Wheeler with the purchase of a daily or annual launch pass.
  • Motorized boats are allowed with the exception of Personal Water Crafts (PWC), a term used for “Jet Ski” type boats.
  • Watersport activities such as skiing and tubing are allowed, however the act of swimming is not.
  • City Residents: $4/day
  • Non Residents: $6/day
  • Senior (age 62) and/or veteran: $2/day
Man and two girls kayaking on Lake Wheeler

Boating Policies

  • All boats must travel in a counter-clockwise pattern.
  • The speed limit is 40 mph on the lake.
  • No swimming from personal boats.
  • Adhere to all No Wake markers found on the body of Lake Wheeler.
  • No wake hours are in effect for the entire lake on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until 11 a.m.
kids fishing off dock at lake wheeler

Fishing

  • City Resident: $3/day | $50/year
  • Non Resident: $4/day | $80/year
  • Senior (age 62) or veteran: $2/day | $25/year
  • Children (under 12): No Charge
  • 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.
  • Stop by the park office to purchase a fishing permit and find out about the Rod and Reel Tackle Loaner program.

Fishing Policies

  • Bank fishing is not allowed on Lake Wheeler shore lines.
  • All patrons fishing must have a current NCWRC fishing license.

Site Rentals and Picnic Shelters

party under a picnic shelter at Lake Wheeler

919-662-5704 | email

Lake Wheeler has a large conference room, kitchenette, deck, verandah and several picnic shelters that are available for rent. 

Find out more about rentals

Courts

Empty sand volleyball court at lake wheeler

Sand Volleyball Court

  • $20/hour (2 hour minimum)

Playgrounds

Kids playground wide lake wheeler parks

Ages 2-12

  • Woodchip surface
  • Swings for ages 5 and above

Waterfront Center (April 1 - September 30) Hours

 
Monday:
dawn - dusk
Tuesday:
dawn - dusk
Wednesday:
dawn - dusk
Thursday:
dawn - dusk
Friday:
dawn - dusk
Saturday:
dawn - dusk
Sunday:
dawn - dusk

Waterfront Center (October 1 - March 31) Hours

 
Monday:
Closed
Tuesday:
dawn - dusk
Wednesday:
dawn - dusk
Thursday:
dawn - dusk
Friday:
dawn - dusk
Saturday:
dawn - dusk
Sunday:
dawn - dusk