Lake Wheeler Park

Last Modified: August 21, 2012
Beautiful Lake Wheeler
Beautiful Lake Wheeler
View of Lake Wheeler
View of Lake Wheeler
Lake Wheeler Night View
Lake Wheeler Night View
Lake Wheeler Depth Map
Lake Wheeler Depth Map

Come visit Lake Wheeler Park for an afternoon of fishing, a relaxing wildlife watching experience or to have a picnic.

Park Features

This 800 acre park and lake (650 acres of lake; 150 acres of park and land buffer) has rapidly become a favorite capital city getaway. 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.

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Park Rentals

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Lake Wheeler Park is open daily, dawn to dusk.
Closed on Mondays from October - March.
Classes, programs, and special events may lengthen hours.

Closed for the following holidays: New Year's, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


6404 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603 (Get Directions)

Park Office: 919-662-5704


Enjoy the day on the water by launching your personally owned boat or by renting one of our boats. Personal Watercrafts (PWC), commonly known as Jet skis, are not allowed to launch at Lake Wheeler. Whether your goal is to go fishing, site seeing or exercise, we have the boat that's right for you.

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Concession and Other Sales:

The concessions area sells a variety of snacks, drinks, and fast food to include: chicken nuggets, french fries, hot dogs, popcorn, candy bars, ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, sports drinks, bottled water, and our popular slushies.

The purchase of boat launches, fishing passes and boat rentals are also done at the concessions.


Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Wheeler once served as Raleigh's secondary auxiliary water supply lake. In 1958, Lake Wheeler was approved for controlled fishing and other recreational activities as established by City of Raleigh Ordinance.

A Master Plan was developed for Lake Wheeler Park in 1959, noting that this reservoir would provide opportunities for fishing, motor boating, water-skiing, sailing and canoeing. Many improvements have been initiated since those early days and the current site bears little resemblance to the initial structures that were put in place in the 1950's.

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