Salem Lake Park

Salem Lake

Salem Lake Road is open for visitors to visit the park and use the trail, fish from the bank and launch their kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards! 

Starting October 3, Salem Lake's hours of operations will be Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Salem Lake construction update - Map of area [pdf] || News article
For information about Salem Lake, please call (336) 480-6147.

salem lake construction area

NOTE: The picnic shelter at Salem Lake will be closed for construction from October 3, 2015, until December 31, 2016.

The bait shop, fishing pier and boat launch ramp at Salem Lake will be closed starting Monday, June 27, to allow for construction of a new marina center and related improvements.

The Salem Lake Trail will remain open.

While the fishing pier is closed, the city will allow fishing from the lake bank in a designated area near the Salem Lake Trail parking area off Salem Lake Road.

The city will also designate a temporary location for launching canoes, kayaks and paddleboards from the bank. There will be no means for launching larger watercraft; access to the boat ramp will be blocked for about three months by grading and installation of utilities and other underground infrastructure. When this work is completed, officials expect to reopen the boat ramp during designated times as construction activities allow.

During construction the paved parking lot for the bait shop and fishing pier will be closed and used as a construction staging area. While the bait shop is closed, the city will not be able to issue fishing licenses or boat registrations at Salem Lake. The last date to do so will be June 26.

Recreation officials estimate that construction of the marina center and a new marina parking area could take a year.

A map has been posted above showing what portions of Salem Lake Park are closed and the temporary sites for fishing and launching paddlecraft.

Work on other planned improvements, including restrooms at the Linville Road access and a new playground, restrooms and parking lot at the trail access off Salem Lake Road, will be scheduled at a later date.

Voters approved $4 million for the Salem Lake improvements in the November 2014 bond referendum. For more information about this and other bond projects go to 2014Bonds.CityofWS.org.


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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