Robertson Millpond Hours & Information

Man and his two children canoeing on Robertson Millpond

Preserve Hours

PEAK SEASON summer hours from April 1st until August 31st :
Monday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–sunset

OFF-PEAK SEASON winter hours from September 1st until March 31st :
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.–sunset

Preserve is also open on the following holidays:

Memorial Day, 4th of July/Independence Day and Labor Day

Preserve Information

COVID-19 Service Update

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.

People are encouraged to follow current masking and social distancing guidelines when visiting Wake County parks and preserves.

Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements
Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. 

Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. 

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.

Park Centers
Park centers will reopen to the public on July 15. Children's play areas inside the park centers at Historic Oak View and Historic Yates Mill county parks will remain closed.

The following restrictions remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves:

  • Major park events are canceled through the end of 2021.
  • Park programs will be held outdoors with limited participant capacity to allow social distancing and additional safety measures.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our digital programming. It's Wake Parks from Home!

Preserve Rules

Follow these tips and rules for a pleasant visit

Please come prepared! There are no regular staff on site, restroom facilities or drinking water at the preserve. (The closest facility is a gas station about four miles away, at Rolesville Road and Hwy. 64 Business.)

Safety and enjoyment go hand in hand. The following rules are in place to ensure a safe, pleasant visit and also to protect the preserve:

  1. Life jackets required while boating.
  2. Clean up after your pets.
  3. Keep pets on a 6-foot leash.
  4. Park only in designated areas. (No parking on roadsides or outside preserve gates)
    • Open fires
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Tobacco and vapor products
    • Hunting
    • Feeding of wildlife
    • Swimming or wading
    • Collection or release of any animal, plant, or mineral material
    • Amplified music
    • Littering
    • Firearms
      • This does not prohibit concealed handgun permit holders from legally carrying a concealed handgun in accordance with N.C.G.S. 14-415.11
    • Overnight parking and camping
    • ATVs and other motorized vehicles

Paddling Trail

Bring your own kayak, canoe, paddle board or small trolling boat and launch at the grassy launch site or from the ADA-accessible boat dock. Both are close to the parking lot.

The trail is marked by numbered buoys through the cypress swamp. The trail is 1.15 miles long and takes approximately an hour to paddle.

For standing paddleboards, we recommend using the trail from buoy 1 up to buoy 26 along the western side of pond, which includes a wider trail, open areas, and the creek channel. The eastern side of pond is narrower and shallower.

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The boardwalk offers benches and platform access to the pond for fishing. Fishing is also allowed from the shoreline, kayak, canoe or other boat with trolling motor (no gas-powered). Boats are transported a short distance from parking area to either grassy launch site or ADA dock launch site. 

There are a wide variety of fish in the pond, including sunfish, catfish and pickerel. All NC Freshwater Fishing Regulations apply, and you can get your fishing license online from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission website or at an outdoor supply store or bait shop.


The geocaches located at the preserve are hidden containers of varying sizes that have been approved by preserve staff and placed for your exploration and enjoyment. Use GPS devices to find these hidden containers and then record your find on the paper log provided in the geocache. This activity is self-guided by getting coordinates from and bringing your own GPS unit or phone.

Placing a Geocache
Geocaching on Wake County Park property is handled on a park-by-park basis. Geocaching is an accepted recreational activity at Robertson Millpond, with approval prior to placement. To obtain the approval you must complete and submit a Geocache Form to [email protected].

Metal Detecting and Magnet Fishing

Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space has a "No Collection" policy that does not allow visitors to take things (natural or man-made) from the parks. Our parks contain both historically significant structures and documented cemeteries that should not be disturbed.

Metal detectors and magnet fishing may be used to look for an item you have specifically lost, but not to "treasure hunt" in general. The Park Manager must be notified and grant permission in advance of using a metal detector or magnet fishing to search for a personal lost item.

Drones/RC Vehicles/Model Rockets

Due to the increasing use of Unmanned Aircraft, Remote Control Vehicles and Model Rockets, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) has developed this policy to protect park resources and ensure an enjoyable experience for all park visitors.

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