Recreation and Parks

Lake Michael


Lake Michael is operating on winter rules, with the gate open most of the time barring dangerous weather events.  

Shore and trails are available, and dogs on leashes are welcome. 

There is no attendant in winter, so paddle boats, rentals and boat launch are not available.  Fishing from shore or pier is allowed by permit holders.

lake michael park



Programs: playground
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Trails
  • Paddle boats
  • Pontoon rides
  • Marina
  • Shelter rentals
  • Grills

Fishing: $2 per person: children 6 and under are free, adults 60 and older are free. Fishing license is required.

Boat launch: $4

Jon boat rentals: $4

Pedal boat rentals: $1 per person

Pontoon boat rides: $1 per person


The fishing regulations for Lake Michael Park are as follows:

Effective January 1, 2007, any anglers ages 16 years and older using any type of bait or gear to catch fin fish while fishing North Carolina’s public waters must possess a valid NC fishing license.

  1. Bass Creel limit of 3, size of at least 14"; 2 of any size total creel limit of 5 (adopted 7-1-91).
  2. Creel limit for catfish is 6 per day.
  3. NO size limit or creel limit on Bream, Crappie, Goggle-Eye or Robin. These species of fish are very prolific and many times over-populate. This causes stunting of growth size. (adopted 6-5-89)

It is unlawful to take out the Grass Carp (adopted 6-5-89)


Since 2007, anglers 16 years and older using any type of bait or gear to catch finfish while fishing North Carolina's public waters must possess a valid North Carolina fishing license.

Anglers who receive Food Stamps, Medicaid or Work First Family Assistance may obtain a written waiver from this new fishing license requirement through their county Department of Social Services.

Licenses may be purchased online at , by telephone at 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) or from any license agent.