Lake Wheeler Park

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Lake Wheeler Park

150 acres of parkland and a 650 acre lake offering fishing, sailing, canoeing, rowing and kayaking. The Waterfront Program Center offers programs and classes, a small conference facility and concessions. Picnic facilities and sand volleyball also available. Many special events are held each year. Free admission; fee for boat launch and facility rental. Hours: Daily, sunrise-sunset (except Oct.-Mar., closed Mon.)


History: Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Wheeler once served as Raleigh's secondary auxiliary water supply lake. In 1958, Lake Wheeler was approved for controlled fishing and other recreational activities as established by City of Raleigh Ordinance. A Master Plan was developed for Lake Wheeler Park in 1959, noting that this reservoir would provide opportunities for fishing, motor boating, water-skiing, sailing and canoeing. Many improvements have been initiated since those early days and the current site bears little resemblance to the initial structures that were put in place in the 1950's. This 800 acre park and lake (650 acres of lake; 150 acres of park and land buffer) has rapidly become a favorite capital city getaway. Beginning in 2010, Lake Wheeler was reinstated as a primary water supply for Raleigh and surrounding Wake County communities and feeds water to the Dempsey Benton Water Treatment Plant.

Free Picnic Areas: Individual stand-alone picnic tables are located around the areas of the park. There are no fees associated with these tables and are first come first serve. Stationary barbecue charcoal grills are located near most areas.

Indoor Rental Facility at Lake Wheeler Park:

The Waterfront Program Center (WPC) was Dedicated in May 1998, this unique facility boasts a 25' x 40' conference room with warming kitchen [max. capacity 99], a large open deck area w/covered verandah, a concessions area, waiting room, manager's office, rest rooms, outside playground [directly behind facility], and a boat rental area. Lake Wheeler's WPC houses an indoor rental facility called the Conference Room.

The Lake Wheeler Park Conference Room is a lovely multipurpose room for business meetings and special occasions. This room can accommodate up to 72 people, with tables and chairs provided. Conference room includes a kitchenette with a microwave, sink, refrigerator/freezer and a full size ice machine for your convenience. This facility is located on our scenic waterfront. For an additional fee, the covered verandah and spacious deck can also be reserved. Please call for additional information or a tour of our facility.

6404 Lake Wheeler Rd.
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(919) 662-5704
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