Lake Johnson Park

Last updated Jan. 02, 2018 - 3:14 pm
Waterfront View


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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