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Lake Wheeler Park


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

 

Address

Lake Wheeler
6404 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Information

919-662-5704

Park Office/Concessions

  • 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 Manager Chris Murray
  • Assistant Park Manager Ben Coats

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.

Programs

Public Programs

Amenities

Boat Rentals

  • Boat Rental Form
  • Rentals are 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, August 23.
  • Beginning Friday, August 23, rental hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • All boat rental services end Sunday, October 13, 2019.
  • All rental boats must be returned to the rental area by 5 p.m.
  • Rental boats will include Pedal Boats, Kayaks, and non-motorized fishing boats (jon boats). A limited number of boats will be available to rent.
  • All rental boats are subject to weather conditions including thunderstorms, wind speeds, and extreme temperatures. Boat rentals may be suspended or cancelled due to safety concerns or weather conditions.
  • BOAT RENTAL PRICES
  • Jon Boats (Non-Motorized fishing boats): $4/hour
  • Kayaks (single or double): $5/hour
  • Pedal Boats: $6/30 minutes
  • BOAT RENTAL POLICIES
  • You must be over the age of 18 to rent boats, and over the age of 16 to independently operate a rental boat.
  • Please call ahead to determine any weather conditions for the day.
  • Swimming is not permitted.
  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are always required to be worn while in rental boats.
  • Beaching the boats on the lake shore is not allowed. Rental boats must be returned to the rental area.

Boat Launches

  • 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

Boating Policies

  • All boats must travel in a counter clockwise pattern.
  • Speed limit is 40 mph on the lake.
  • No swimming from personal boats.
  • Adhere to all No Wake markers found on body of Lake Wheeler.
  • No Wake hours are in affect for the entire lake on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until 11am.

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

919-662-5704 | email

Conference Room

  • 25' x 40'
  • Capacity: 75 seated
  • Kitchenette includes refrigerator/freezer, sink, ice machine and microwave.
  • Rental includes the use of 7 rectangular shaped folding tables (6’x2.5’) and 75 folding metal chairs. Set up and clean up are renter's responsibility.
  • 22’ x 22’ Covered Verandah features rocking chairs overlooking scenic Lake Wheeler (requires conference room rental).
  • 40’ x 48’ spacious Deck features picnic tables and benches with a beautiful view of Lake Wheeler (requires conference room and verandah rental).
  • $75/hour (2hr minimum) - $15 application fee and $100 refundable deposit.
  • With verandah - $105/hr
  • With verandah and deck - $135/hr
  • Indoor rental facilities are allowed after park hours up to 11 pm. Additional $40/hour after hours fees apply.
  • Alcohol permit requests are available for Conference room rentals. Permits cover beer and wine only. Must be submitted to a parks office at a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of rental and require a $100 nonrefundable application fee.

Shelters

Shelter #4

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 5 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $12/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #5

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 5 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $12/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #6

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 5 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $12/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #7

  • Capacity: 60
  • 10 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $15/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #8

  • Capacity:150
  • 24 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $30/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to nearby bathrooms.

Shelter #9

  • Capacity: 150
  • 24 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $30/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to nearby bathrooms.

Courts

Sand Volleyball Court

  • $20/hour (2 hour minimum)

Playgrounds

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