Durham Lakes to Open for Fishing and Recreational Boating on Friday

Get the details on Lake Michie and Little River
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The season opens for both fishing and recreational boating at Little River and Lake Michie this weekend. Between March 12 and Nov. 8, the spots welcome visitors from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. For now, the lakes are open at a limited capacity, with a lottery system used to get permits: “The lottery system will run from 12 a.m. – 6 p.m., the day before the desired launch or bank fishing day,” a release says.

To enter either lottery, potential must text “LM Launch” to 833-497-0004 to get a personal motorized boat launch permit at Lake Michie or “LR Bank Fish” to 833-497-0004 for a bank fishing permit at Little River Lake. Winners are notified via text once the lottery closes at 6 p.m. Durham Parks & Rec’s City Lakes page offers a drill-down of what’s actually permitted:
Lake Michie: 

  • Only open for personal boat launches and bank fishing. 
  • Non-motorized boat launches and bank fishing will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
  • The first-come, first-serve canoe and kayak launches are car top only. The trailered canoes and kayaks will need to go through the lottery.
  • Personal motorized boat launches will require a permit through a lottery system.
  • No rentals will be available.

Little River:

  • Only open for bank fishing. 
  • Bank fishing will require a permit through a lottery system.
  • No rentals will be available.

For more info on fishing in the Triangle area, head to our roundup of spots here.

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