Safety Note: Please be sure to stay off any ice that may form on the lakes at Salem Lake. Salem lake is open, but the trail around the lake is still covered with snow. Staff requests people stay off the trail if possible, due to heavy saturation from the snow, as the saturation is leading to rutting in the trail from use during this time. Please help us keep the trail in optimal conditions by waiting for it to dry out. If you have more questions please call lake office at (336) 650-7677.
Salem Lake has increased the size of boat motors that fisherman can use while fishing on the lake. Effective immediately, the standard motor size is 60 horse power.
Salem Lake is no longer requiring boats with motors larger than 60 horse power to remove their propellers to fish. For several years now, Salem Lake allowed fishing boats on the water to fish with motors greater than the standard motor size, but the prop had to be removed from the motor. Salem Lake is now allowing boats with motors larger than 60 horse power to fish on the lake. While on the lake fishermen must use their trolling motors at all times. Fishermen are allowed to use the motor to put their boats back on its trailer at the end of the fishing trip. Fisherman will be allowed to use their motors in case of an emergency, provided they contact the Fishing Station ahead of time. Please contact Salem Lake if you have questions.
Starting November 3 through March 8, Salem Lake's hours will be Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.
In 2014, Salem Lake was voted by area enthusiasts as Winston-Salem's best Walking Trails and best Bike Riding!
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.
The 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.