Lake Crabtree is ideal for water sports such as fishing, sailing, rowing and paddling. The park has a boat rental facility open from early May until late September. The park also has a year-round public boat launch area, which includes a two-lane boat ramp and a car-top canoe/kayak launching area. All lake users are cautioned that shallow waters less than three feet deep exist in some areas.
Only human, wind and electric-powered watercraft are to be operated on Lake Crabtree; no gas-powered motors allowed. Please be off the lake 30 minutes before the park closes.
Boat Launch Fees
Please deposit daily launch fees in yellow honor boxes. To purchase an annual pass, please call 919-460-3390. Your fees help to maintain the park facilities.
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Lake Crabtree has an interpretive paddling trail on the lake. Brochures are available at the Boat Rental building, canoe launch, and park office.
Paddling Trail Map & Guide
Sailboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, pedal boats, and now stand-up paddleboards (new!
) are available for rent on the park's waterfront for the duration of the Boat Rental season. All rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis and by the hour. A $20 cash deposit is required as well as a valid photo identification. A customer must be at least 18 years of age to rent a boat. A customer must be at least 16 years of age to take a boat out, but must have a parent or guardian sign the release form. Sorry, no credit cards or checks accepted. For more information about Boat Rental, call 919-460-3398.
Fishing is a popular pastime at Lake Crabtree County Park. A fishing pier and platform provide handicap accessibility. The park offers a Tackle Loaner Program through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Fishing is permitted in designated areas only.
Any person 16 and older fishing in public waters MUST have a fishing license. Children under 16 years of age must be with a licensed adult to fish.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission Rules and Regulations
PCB Information and Fishing Advisory
In mid-May 2004, Lake Crabtree County Park was notified of elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the fish. Since this time, a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) fish consumption advisory has been in effect. The following pages contain information on the state's advisory:
Wake County has a catch-and-release-only policy at Lake Crabtree and Crabtree Creek. The following documents contain information on Wake County's policy:
Wake County Catch and Release Policy
Advertencia del Gobierno del Condado de Wake
For further information about PCBs at Lake Crabtree, consult our brochure