Lake Johnson Park

Last updated Oct. 16, 2017 - 2:43 pm
Waterfront View
  • Year 1952 | Acres 300+ (Lake is 150+)
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  • Waterfront Operations Status
  • Lake Johnson has 3 miles of paved greenway trails and 2 miles of unpaved trails.
  • View Parking Information
  • View Park Map
  • *PLEASE NOTE: Lake Johnson beach boat rentals (kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards and sailboats) are currently suspended due to low lake levels. Dock boats rentals (pedal boats and fishing boats) and personal launches are available at this time. Updated - 9/21/17


Waterfront Center

Waterfront Center/Concessions

  • Come by the Waterfront Center to rent a boat, pay for a private launch, sign up for a class, check out a free rod and reel or grab a snack before you hit the trail
  • Open daily from dawn to dusk (closed Mondays from October - April)
  • Note: Classes, programs, and special events may lengthen hours.
  • Assistant Park Manager Jack Duffus

Rules & Policies

Park Rules

  • Swimming/wading is not allowed
  • All dogs must be under control and on a leash
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet
  • Alcohol is only permitted at special events that have applied for a City of Raleigh Alcohol permit
  • Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot
  • Biking is allowed only on the paved greenway and the woodchip trail leading to the boardwalk at the headwaters of the lake
  • Hammocking is not allowed in the park
  • Drones are not allowed without permit from the Special Events office 919-996–2200
  • Shelters and grills are to be used on a “first come, first served” basis unless previously rented
  • All shelters and grills are closed at sunset, and should be vacated at that time


Boat Rentals

Boat Rentals

  • Lake Johnson Boat Rental Season runs April 1 - October 31.
  • Jon Boat and Paddle boat rentals will began on April 1 and end October 31.
  • Canoes, Kayaks, Sunfish, and Stand Up Paddle Board rentals begin May 1 and end September 30.
  • Boat Rental Form
  • Jon Boats (no motor): $4/hour, $20/day (5+ hours)
  • Pedal Boats: $6/30 minutes
  • Canoes/Kayaks: $5/hour
  • Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP): $10/hour
  • SUP info Sheet
  • Sunfish Sailboats: $10/hour - max wind speed 15mph.
  • You must be 18 or older to rent a boat and 16 or older to independently operate a boat.
  • Boat rentals end 90 minutes before sunset and all boats must be off the water 30 minutes before sunset.
  • Wind speed also dictates whether or not boat rentals are permitted.
  • All boats have a max wind speed of 12 mph unless otherwise noted.
  • Life vests are required to be worn at all times, swimming is not allowed, and banking the boats is not allowed.
  • Please call ahead to determine any weather conditions for the day 919-233-2121.

Boat Launches

Boat Launches

  • Lake Johnson allows non-trailer, electric motorized boats to be launched with a small fee sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week, year-round, unless the park or lake is closed
  • The lake is closed on Mondays October - April
  • All boats must be off the water 30 minutes prior to sunset
  • Boats may only be launched at the designated launching site
  • City Resident - $4 day
  • Non Resident - $6 day
  • Senior (62+) - $2 day



  • Bank fishing is prohibited
  • Fishing is permitted from our boardwalk, rental boats, or personal boats
  • A current NC fishing license is required to fish at Lake Johnson.
  • Rod and Reel Loaner Program - with an ID you can borrow a rod and reel from us for free.
  • We do NOT sell bait.

QR Fit board

QR Fit Trail

  • Six stations, found on the west side of the park, cover approximately a one mile loop where patrons can stop and use their smart phones' QR reader app to access short videos that lead one through specific types of exercises.
  • Patrons can now easily combine upper body, core, flexibility and lower body exercises with walking or running.
  • View QR Fit locations

Site Rentals

  • Conference Room
  • Verandah
  • Deck

Waterfront Conference Room

  • Conference Room alone: $75/hour (2-hour minimum)
  • For a special event that’s truly overlooking the water, nothing beats the gorgeous views of this lakeside facility. Wi-fi provided. Kitchenette includes refrigerator/freezer, sink, and microwave. Dimensions: 25' x 40'. Max capacity: 78 seated.
  • Indoor rental facilities may extend after regular hours of operation, as late as midnight (12am); there is an additional $40/hour staffing fee applied to all time extending past regular hours.
  • Alcohol permits accepted for Conference Room or Magnolia Cottage rentals only.
  • Please ask about additional rental fees and catering policies.
  • Conference Room with 20' x 20' covered Verandah: $105/hour (2-hour minimum)
  • Conference Room with Verandah and full Deck: $135/hour (2-hour minimum)

Dogwood Room at Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center


  • 919-233-2111 | 5623 Jaguar Park Dr

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

  • 919-996-3141 | 5611 Jaguar Park Dr
The Deck at the Woodland Center


  • Along a section of Walnut Creek Greenway Trail
  • East side is 2.8 miles of paved trail
  • West side is 1.5 miles of unpaved trail
  • Biking is allowed only on the paved greenway and the woodchip trail leading to the boardwalk at the headwaters of the lake
  • View trail map

Shelters (3)

To rent a shelter please contact the Park Office View other shelter locations
Picnic Shelter #1

Picnic Shelter #1

  • Capacity: 15-20
  • 3 tables
  • 1 grills
  • $7/ hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Picnic Shelter #2

Picnic Shelter #2

  • Capacity: 15-20
  • 2 tables
  • 1 grills
  • $7/ hour(2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

Picnic Shelter #4

Picnic Shelter #4

  • Capacity: 30-35
  • 4 tables
  • 2 grills
  • $9/ hour (2 hour minimum)
  • No electricity

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