Boating and Fishing


  • Boats are rented on weekends only in Mid-March, April, May, September and October
  • Boats are rented 7 days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Renter’s must be 16 or older and show a photo ID
  • No personal watercraft of any type allowed on Bass Lake
  • Canoes are available after 5pm on weekdays mid-June through mid-August for Bass Lake Summer Camp use
  • 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