City Lakes

Children kayaking on the lake

Lake Michie and Little River Lake are currently experiencing low water levels, temporarily impacting boat launches at the sites:

  • Lake Michie 
    • NO boat launches until further notice, including motorized and non-motorized boats (kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards).
    • Boat rentals unavailable during this time.
    • Keep off muddy areas.
    • Shore fishing permitted at this time.
  • Little River Lake 
    • NO motorized boat launches or rentals until further notice. 
    • Non-motorized boats including kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards are still permitted.
    • Shore fishing permitted at this time.

Staff will continue to monitor the issue and adjust as water levels change. Check back for updates!

Lake Michie and Little River Lake in northern Durham County offer recreational fishing and boating. 

2022 Season

  • Lake Michie and Little River Lake is open to the public Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from Friday, March 11 through Monday, November 7, 2022. 
  • Lake hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • For lake updates, please visit Lake Michie and Little River Lake pages.
  • Fees will be charged at each lake during the season. Fee information can be found on the Lake Michie page and the Little River Lake page.

The lakes will also be open on the following holidays:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day

Little River and Lake Michie Safety Improvements

The Department of Water Management operates two source water supply reservoirs controlled by the Lake Michie Dam and Little River Dam. Safety barriers and other equipment will be installed as part of the the Little River and Lake Michie Reservoir Safety Improvement project to keep log debris away from the dam and spillway gates and allow City staff to periodically and safely remove log debris upstream of the dam before it impacts the spillway gates. The dams control our two source water supply reservoirs.

To learn more about the project, visit the project webpage.