Salem Lake Park

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For information about Salem Lake, please call 336-650-7677.

Construction Updates
Salem Lake construction area map [pdf] | View news release detailing all changes

August 28, 2017: Salem Lake will close off all access to the Fishing Pier and Boat Ramp From Tuesday, September 5, 2017, through Friday,  September 8, 2017. All water access will be closed due to the construction and landscaping work that will be taking place. Access to the Pier and Boat Ramp will resume Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. 

July 27, 2017: Starting Monday, July 31, the fishing pier, boat ramp and the main Salem Lake parking lot will reopen to the public. The marina office will remain closed, and boat rentals will remain suspended. Bank fishing will stop when the pier reopens.

Also on July 31, the Point parking lot will be closed so work can begin on restrooms, playground and parking lot improvements. Construction on the Point and Linville Road parking lots are expected to last through November.

July 14, 2017: Salem Lake trail will by closed by the Linville Road parking lot.  Trail users will be unable to circle the trail, however, users will be able to access both sides. The trail will be opened with full functionality on July 15, 2017.

July 6, 2017: The parking lot at Linville Road will shut down at the close of operation on Sunday, July 9, 2017. This shutdown is for the beginning stages of the bathroom construction. Construction is set to begin July 10 and will last into the fall.

July 5, 2017: Construction is progressing well on the Salem Lake Marina. The marina building should be completed in late July/early August 2017. The opening of the Marina area (Pier/Boat Ramp/Parking Lot) should occur during the month of August. More details will be given as the project draws closer to completion. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our updated facilities!

February 1, 2017: Demolition on the Reynolds Park Road Bridge has begun and barricades have been set along the Salem Creek Greenway. If you utilize this greenway, please expect a detour.  Below are images of the detoured route. 

Salem Creek Greenway

The bait shop, fishing pier and boat launch ramp were closed in June 2016 for construction approved in the 2014 bonds. The Salem Lake trail remained open.

A designated bank fishing area was opened near the trail parking area off Salem Lake Road. The parking lot for the bait shop and fishing pier was closed for use as a construction staging area. View news release detailing all changes.

salem lake construction area

About Salem Lake

Salem Lake has been called the hidden diamond in the city of Winston-Salem. Located minutes away from downtown Winston-Salem, Salem Lake offers a 365-acre lake with a 7-mile trail that offers a scenic view of the lake at all times.

The lake offers pier and boat fishing for hybrid bass, large mouth bass, catfish, crappie, bream, carp and white perch.

Anyone 16 or older must have a North Carolina State Fishing License to fish at Salem Lake or Winston Lake. This license may be purchased at Salem Lake fishing station.

*(No fishing from banks.)

The Fishing Station is stocked with all of your fishing needs and concessions needs should the hunger pangs get too painful while you are trying to hook the big one. A knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help you with any equipment problems you might have or questions about which fish is hitting which bait.

boats on Salem LakeThe Lake staff can also furnish you with your North Carolina Boat Registration and North Carolina Fishing License. Lake and Trail close 30 minutes before Park closes. Please be off the lake and the trail so the park can be closed properly.

Caution: Feeding the water fowl may be harmful to their health. DO NOT feed the ducks or the geese.

Do you enjoy walking, running, and riding around the lake? Be sure to read the Trail Users Information page.

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Salem Lake has been featured on the Triad Treasures blog! Be sure to read the story today! Salem Lake Piedmont Parent Blog

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