Fishing Areas in Mecklenburg County

Freedom Park CFP, Charlotte

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Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 432-4280

How To Go:
In Charlotte, go west on Independence Boulevard. Go to the intersection with Kings Drive; turn left. Go 1.3 mile; turn right on East Boulevard. Go 0.1 mile; park entrance is on the left. Go to the end of the parking lot; the lake is across the footbridge.

About the Freedom Park:
Most of the bank is clear of brush, and a universally accessible, concrete walkway encircles the 6-acre lake. Fish attractors are marked with buoys. Channel catfish are stocked regularly and fed daily from April through September.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

Hornet’s Nest Park CFP, Charlotte

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 336-8096

How To Go:
In Charlotte, take I-77 north from the intersection with I-85; turn west on Sunset Road. Go 0.8 mile to the intersection with Beatties Ford Road; turn right. Go one mile; the park entrance is on the left. The lake is beside the parking lot.

About the Hornet’s Nest Park:
Brush has been cleared from the bank areas of this 4-acre pond. Fish attractors are marked with buoys. Universally accessible restrooms and paved sidewalks are available. Channel catfish are stocked regularly and fish feeders distribute feed from April through September. Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

Latta Plantation Park TLP, Huntersville

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 875-1391

How To Go:
From I-77 northbound in Charlotte, take exit 16B (Sunset Road West). Go one mile; turn right on Beatties Ford Road. Go five miles; turn left on Sample Road. Go one mile to the park entrance.

About the Latta Plantation Park:
This 1,343-acre nature preserve borders Mountain Island Lake. Obtain loaner tackle for free at the Latta Plantation Nature Center.

Primary Fish Species: Bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish.

McAlpine Creek Park CFP, Charlotte

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 568-4044

How To Go:
From I-77 in Charlotte, take exit 5 (Tyvola Road); turn right. Go nine miles (Tyvola Road changes to Fairview Road, which changes to Sardis Road, which changes to Rama Road); turn right on Monroe Road. Go two miles; the park entrance is on the left.

About the McAlpine Creek Park:
The bank is cleared around this 3-acre pond. A universally accessible fishing pier has been constructed; however, the paved parking lot is located several hundred yards away from the pier, adjacent to the park office. Five fish attractors have been installed. A walking trail runs along the shore, and restrooms are available at the park office. Channel catfish are stocked monthly and fed daily from April through September.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

McDowell Park TLP , Charlotte

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 588-5224

How To Go:
From I-77 in Charlotte, take exit 90 (Crosswinds Boulevard); go west toward Carowinds. Go four miles; turn left on N.C. 49. Go seven miles; the park entrance is on the right.

About the McDowell Park:
This 1,108-acre nature preserve borders Lake Wylie. Obtain loaner fishing tackle for free at the McDowell Nature Center.

Primary Fish Species: Crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, Bodie bass (striped bass x white bass hybrid), channel and bullhead catfish; and sunfish.

Reedy Creek Park CFP, Charlotte

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department, Phone: (704) 598-8857

How To Go:
From Harrisburg, take N.C. 49 west; turn east on Harris Boulevard near UNC-Charlotte. Go to the Rocky River Road inter 15 section; turn left. Go 0.7 mile; park entrance is on the right (2900 Rocky River Road). Posted signs near the entrance give directions to the ponds.

About the Reedy Creek Park:
Brush has been cleared from several bank areas on the two ponds, and a 50-foot fishing platform has been constructed on the larger 7-acre pond. Fish attractors are marked with buoys. Fishing tackle, including adaptive fishing gear that is universally accessible, is available for loan for free.

Primary Fish Species: Largemouth bass and sunfish.

Squirrel Lake CFP, Matthews

Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

100 East McDowell Street, Matthews, N.C., Phone: (704) 321-7275

How To Go:
From the intersection of Hwy. 51 and Fullwood Road in Matthews, go east on Fullwood Road 0.9 mile. Turn right on Trade Street; go 0.5 mile. Turn left at the second light on Pleasant Plains Road (S.R. 3465); go 0.3 mile to the park entrance on the left. Squirrel Lake is on the right 0.1 mile down this gravel road. Parking is on the left.

About the Squirrel Lake:
This .33-acre lake is located in a 29-acre park complex. Vegetation has been cleared from three areas of the bank for access. Channel catfish are stocked two or three times a year, and a fish feeder has been installed to feed and attract fish. Borrow fishing tackle from the department’s main office.

Primary Fish Species: Catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish.

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