COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state's phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.

Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements
As of October 1, shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. Gatherings are limited to 50 people per the governor's executive order.

Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often. Capacity limits are posted near each playground.

Park Capacity
Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

Help Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Wake County park and preserve visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the State of North Carolina, including gathering with no more than 50 people, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.
The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least January 31:
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are cancelled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at



Picnicking opportunities are available for both large groups and individual families. There is a lakeside picnic area with picnic tables placed in several locations. These tables are first come, first served.

loblolly shelterweb.jpgShelter Reservations

For groups there are three picnic shelters available for rental. Only one shelter is reservable per day. Shelters can be reserved from 9 a.m. to park closing time.  Call the park office for seasonal park closing times.

                • Longleaf Shelter $60 (50-person max capacity)
                • Loblolly Shelter $60 (50-person max capacity)
                • Cypress Shelter $60 (50-person max capacity)
As of Jan. 1, 2019, we will no longer accept cash on site at any Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space location. Payments can be made on site or in advance with a credit or debit card. Checks must be mailed in advance to
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space,
PO Box 550, Suite 1000, Raleigh, NC 27602.


Shelter Amenities:

Each shelter has several picnic tables, a large charcoal grill, its own horseshoe pit and a volleyball court and playground nearby. Those renting shelters can check out recreation equipment (horseshoes and volleyballs) at no extra charge. Restrooms are centrally located near the shelters and are accessible from nearby parking spaces.


Harris Lake County Park Rules and

Shelter Guidelines


Shelters can be reserved from 9 a.m. until posted park closing time. Contact park office for closing time updates.

Grill Use:

  • Grills are for charcoal use only.
  • Do not pour water or any other liquids over coals or grill surfaces.
  • Leave the charcoal in the grills when finished – we will dispose of the charcoal.
  • Pig cookers and gas grills may be used only on the gravel grill pads provided near your shelter. Take proper measures to ensure grease does not drip in shelters or on grill pads.  Do not leave grills unattended.

Trash and Recycling:

  • Leave shelter and all areas of the park your group uses free of litter. These areas include the playground, volleyball court, fishing pier, open play area and restroom building. Dispose of trash in the trashcans provided. When picking up litter, pay special attention to the small items in and around the shelter. Litter is not only unsightly but poses a threat to our wildlife.
  • Small litter from silly string, drink straw wrappers, etc., must be picked up. 
  • Remove all tape and tacks from the tables and shelter supports.  Return shelter tables to their original positions.
  • Use recycling bins properly:
    • Plastic beverage bottles and aluminum beverage cans are items acceptable in the recycle bins. Please encourage recycling.
    • Please do not place trash in the recycling bins!

General Park Rules and Guidelines:

  • NO alcoholic beverages, water balloons, hunting, amplified music, PA systems, overnight camping, campfires, directional shelter signs, swimming/wading, or littering is allowed in the park.
  • Do not feed the wildlife!
  • Do not release any wildlife into the park or remove any wildlife or plants from the park.
  • Park only in designated areas, not along the roads or in the shelter area.
  • No additional directional signage is permitted at front entrance or along road side leading to shelter.  Please provide shelter name and location on your invitations to help guide your group to their appropriate shelter.
  • Children should not be left unattended in the park and MUST be supervised at all times.
  • The playfield, volleyball area and playground are first come, first served only – they cannot be reserved.
  • Recreational equipment such as play structures, inflatables and pools are not permitted – please see staff for more details.
  • Please report any improper activities or hazards to park staff immediately.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash. Please clean up their waste!
  • There is no water access for shelter use.
Please review our park rules to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone!

Also, see our Shelter Rules.

Park Office contact number: 919-387-4342

How to Reserve a Shelter
Use this registration online button to direct you to our online reservation site.
The most common customer questions are answered in our FAQ section, but you can also contact park staff if you need any assistance.
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Cancellation Policy 
Shelters are reserved rain or shine. Under certain circumstances, refund requests must be made in writing at least 2 weeks before the date of the facility rental. Please allow 4–6 weeks for a refund to  arrive. For payments made by credit card, a refund will be credited to the credit card used during the initial transaction.