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Lake Wheeler Park

Last updated Oct. 10, 2014 - 11:17 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
Conference Room
 
Verandah at night
Verandah at night
 
Wedding setup outside
Wedding setup outside
 
Wedding setup inside
Wedding setup inside
 
Building
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)Picnic Shelter

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)Volleyball Court

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

Sand Volleyball Court

  • $15/hour (2 hour minimum)

PlaygroundsPlayground

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Playground
Playground
 
Play Structure
Play Structure
 
Slides
Slides
 
Swings
Swings
 

Ages 2-12

  • Woodchip surface
  • Swings for ages 5 and above

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