bandf.jpgLake 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.

Paddling Trail Map & Guide


Boat Rentals
lake_crabtree_beach_sailboats_July99.jpgCanoes, kayaks, rowboats, pedal boats, and stand up paddle boards 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 valid photo ID is required per rental. Customers must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 years of age with a parent or guardian on site to sign the release form. For more information on Boat Rentals, call 919-460-3398.
Refer to the 2019 Boat Rental Information Flier for more details.
Fishing is a popular pastime at Lake Crabtree County Park. A fishingpier.jpgfishing 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.
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