Boating and Fishing


September 2020 Update: 

We’re extending our season for daily boat rentals at Bass Lake Park through at least the end of September. Reservations will be taken every day, 8-10 a.m. at the Bass Lake Park concessions window, and rentals are available 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. Motorized and nonmotorized boats are available. 

  • Renters must be 16 or older and show a photo ID
  • No personal watercraft of any type allowed on Bass Lake
  • Small children and dogs count towards seating limits

Boating Pricing

  • Non-motorized boats; canoes (seats 3) and rowboats (seats 4) - $5.00/hour
  • Gheenoe boat (seats 3) with a trolling motor - $10.00/hour


  • Free to the public
  • The lake is stocked with 1500 lbs. of catfish every other month starting in Mid-Spring through Mid-Fall
  • Concession stand carries a variety of live and packaged bait
  • If you need a pole, sign up for the Tackle Loaner Program to borrow equipment for free.
  • People ages 16 and older need a North Carolina Inland fishing license, which can be purchased online at or at local stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart


  • Bass – Catch and release only
  • Sunfish and Crappie – No limits
  • Catfish – No more than 6 per person, per day, with a minimum size of 12 inches