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Lake Michie

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  1. Boating
  2. Fishing
  3. Picnic Tables
  4. Restrooms

Lake Michie

Lake Michie offers some of the finest largemouth bass fishing in the Piedmont. Fishing licenses are required. Launch your own boat for a relaxing day of fishing without the hassles found at larger lakes. Lake Michie also offers an ADA accessible boat house, dock, and canoe/kayak launch.

2021 Season

  • Lake Michie is open to the public Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from Friday, March 12 through Monday, November 8, 2021.
  • Lake hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Fees will be charged for the 2021 season. Please see the Lake Michie Fees chart below for details.
The lakes will also be open on the following holidays:
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day

COVID-19 Lake Michie Operations

  • Only open for personal boat launches and bank fishing. 
  • Non-motorized boat launches and bank fishing will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The first-come, first-serve canoe and kayak launches are car top only. The trailered canoes and kayaks will need to go through the lottery.
  • Personal motorized boat launches will require a permit through a lottery system.
  • No rentals will be available.
Lake Michie will open on Friday, March 12, 2021 with limited operations and capacities in order to meet state and local social distancing requirements. A lottery system is in place to access permits. Please read all of the following information if you plan to visit.

The health and safety of our patrons and staff are our top priority. Please do your part and practice social distancing at the lakes by remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Additionally, a face-covering is required at all times, when social distancing is not possible.

Lottery System

You MUST use the lottery system in order to be entered for the chance to obtain a permit.

Lotteries will run from 12 a.m.-6 p.m. the day before your desired launch or bank fishing day. For example, if you would like to enter for a chance to obtain a permit on Sunday, text the number on Saturday between 12 a.m.-6 p.m. Winners will be notified via text once the lottery closes at 6 p.m.

Text "LM Launch" to 833-497-0004 to be entered for a personal motorized boat launch permit at Lake Michie.

Lake Michie Fees

 Activity City Resident with Play More Card
City Resident without Play More Card
Non-City Resident with Play More Card
Non-City Resident without Play More Card
Bank Fishing (per day) Youth / Teen (0-18)
$0 $0 $4.50 $5
Bank Fishing (per day) Adults (19-54)
$2.70 $3 $7.20 $8
Bank Fishing (per day) Seniors (55+)
$1.80 $2 $6.30 $7
Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Youth / Teen (0-18)
$0 $15 $15
Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Adults (19-54)
$48 $48 $63 $63
Bank Fishing (seasonal pass) Seniors 55+
$32 $47 $47
Motor Boat Launch (per day)
$5.40 $6 $9.90 $11
Motor Boat Launch (seasonal pass)
$96 $96 $111 $111
Non-Motor Boat Launch
$4.50 $5 $9 $10
We do not give refunds or free rentals.

To receive the Play More Card discount, you must show your Play More Card to the attendant. Visit our Play More Card page for more information on the benefits program.

Lake Michie Lake Rules

  • There is no swimming in Lake Michie.
  • Dogs are not allowed on or in the lake.
  • To launch a boat, you must show a government-issued photo ID. 
  • Lakes may only be accessed during operating hours, Friday through Monday mid-March to mid-November and with a permit purchased at the boathouse.
  • Persons operating canoes, kayaks or Jon boats must wear a PFD (life jacket) at all times.
  • No boats will be rented or launched after 4:30 p.m.
  • No smoking, alcohol or weapons are permitted.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) / Life Jacket Rules

All boaters 12 and under must wear an approved PFD at all times. All boaters must have a USCG approved PFD with them on the boat at all times.

Failure to abide by City rules or State Law for PFDs will result in suspension of privileges or fines issued by the NC Wildlife Commission.

Underground Weather Station

Check out the Underground Weather Station for Lake Michie before heading out to the lake!

Contact Lake Michie

For more information about Lake Michie, please call:
  • 919-477-3906, Friday-Monday & mid-March to mid-November
  • 919-560-4405, Tuesday-Thursday & mid-November to mid-March