COVID-19 Updates

As we navigate the fluid situation caused by COVID-19, the County continues to keep the health and welfare of our community as our top objective. As a result, some County services may be paused or curtailed.

County facilities may close or experience reduced service hours and accessibility, all in the interest of protecting the community. The following services will be curtailed or closed, as noted, until at least April 30, at which time the County will reassess operations in light of the COVID-19 response and determine any additional changes needed.

We will continue to update the information below as conditions warrant.

  • All park public programs and events, including shelter reservations and overnight stays, are canceled.

  • Park offices, bathrooms and centers are closed.

  • Park and preserve grounds remain open.


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 $80 (100-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
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has launched one of our most requested features – an online reservation system. You can now reserve a shelter online – and pay for it with a credit/debit card!
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.