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
Special note: Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the park’s Boat Rental Facility will be closed until further notice. The county is closely monitoring the situation, and we will provide updates when they are available.

When the facility is open, canoes, 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.
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