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Would you like to get away from the busy city life? Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers a vareity of outdoor recreation activities and facilities. Programs are family-friendly and available for everyone, from beginner to expert! Select a link from the list below to learn more.
Fishing License Information:
A North Carolina Fishing License is required for all anglers ages 16 and older. For more details or to purchase a license, contact the NC Wildlife Resource Commission at 1-888-248-6834.
Tackle Loaner Program:
Need a rod and reel? We'll check one out for you- just stop by a participating Nature Center (Latta, McDowell, or Reedy Creek) to borrow a rod and reel for 24 hours.
You can also fish from the following Mecklenburg County parks and nature preserves that border several reservoirs on the Catawba River. State fishing regulations apply.
Located on the Catawba River, Charlotte-Mecklenburg has some of the best water-based recreation areas in the country. Whether it's your first time afloat or you're training for the olympics, our facilities will help get you on the water.
You can access Lake Wylie through McDowell Nature Preserve (Lake Wylie) (980) 314-1128Bring your own canoe, kayak, or SUP and launch from the landing located near the waterfront deck. You can also sign up for a guided program where boats are provided.
Mountain Island Lake
Latta Nature Preserve offers two launch options for canoes, kayaks and SUPs. The North Canoe Access includes an accessible launch platform in a sheltered cove. The Gar Creek Canoe Access offers convenient entry into the Gar Creek inlet. You can also sign up for a guided program. For more information, please contact (980)314-1129.
NC Community Sailing and Rowing (Blythe Landing, Lake Norman)U.S. National Whitewater Center