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Lake Wheeler Park

Last updated Nov. 25, 2014 - 11:15 am
View of Lake Wheeler
  • 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.
  • Check lake water levels for activities
  • Due to winter operating hours, Lake Wheeler is closed on Mondays through April 4, 2015

Information

  • 919-662-5704
Park Office

Park Office/Concessions

  • Visit us at the park office and inquire about the various amenities we have to offer. Come out and 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

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.

Amenities

Boating

Boat Rentals

  • Jon boats (no motor): $4/hour, $20/day
  • Rowboats (no motor): $4/hour, $20/day
  • Canoes: $5/hour
  • Kayaks (single or double): $5/hour
  • Pedal boats: $6/half hour
  • Sunfish sailboats: $10/hour
  • Boat Rental Policies
  • You must be at least 16 years old to rent a boat unless otherwise posted
  • All rental boats have capacity limits.
  • Swimming is not permitted.
  • Jon Boats and Pedal Boats cannot be launched unless the combined temperature of the water and air exceeds 100 degrees to offset the possibility of hypothermia.
  • Canoes, Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks, and Sailboats cannot be launched unless the temperature of the water exceeds 65 degrees to offset the possibility of hypothermia.
  • Wind speed also dictates whether or not boat rentals are permitted. All boats have a max wind speed limit and rentals are subject to weather conditions.
  • Please call ahead to determine any weather conditions for the day.

Boat Launches

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

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

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

Fishing Policies

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

Site Rentals

  • Conference Room
  • Verandah at night
  • Wedding setup outside
  • Wedding setup inside
  • Building

Conference Room

  • 25' x 40'
  • Capacity: 72 seated (100 standing)
  • Kitchenette includes refrigerator/freezer, sink, ice machine and microwave.
  • Rental includes the use of 18 rectangular shaped folding tables (6’x2.5’) and 100 folding metal chairs.
  • 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) - $40 setup fee, $15 application and $100 refundable deposit.
  • With verandah - $105/hr
  • With verandah and deck - $135/hr
  • Indoor rental facilities are allowed after park hours up to midnight (12am), there is a $40/hour after hours staffing fee.
  • Alcohol permit can be applied for (beer and wine only) indoor rental facility only with a $50 charge.

Shelters (6)

To rent a shelter please contact the Park Office View other shelter locations
Shelter #4

Shelter #4

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 5 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $9/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #5

Shelter #5

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 5 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $9/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #6

Shelter #6

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 5 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $9/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #7

Shelter #7

  • Capacity: 60
  • 10 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $12/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Shelter #8

Shelter #8

  • Capacity:150
  • 24 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $15/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • $40 staffing & set up fee
  • Access to electricity ($25 fee)

Shelter #9

Shelter #9

  • Capacity: 150
  • 24 tables
  • 1 grill
  • $15/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • $40 staffing & set up fee
  • Access to electricity ($25 fee)

Courts (1)

Courts are typically available first come, first serve. View other court locations
Sand Volleyball Court

Sand Volleyball Court

  • $15/hour (2 hour minimum)

Playgrounds

View other playground locations
  • Playground
  • Play Structure
  • Slides
  • Swings

Ages 2-12

  • Woodchip surface
  • Swings for ages 5 and above

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