Salem Lake

815 Salem Lake Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

  1. Bobby Hege

    Lakes & Special Use Facilities Supervisor

Rainbow at Salem Lake

Salem Lake Operating Hours

  • Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Pier fishing will end at 6:00 p.m. 

Bait shop hours:

  • Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Gate locks nightly at 6:30 p.m.

Pier Fishing

  • Fishing is $3.50 for adults, $2 for teens (12-15), $1 for seniors 60+ & free for kids 11 and under
  • Individuals over the age of 16 must have a state fishing license to fish
  • Maximum of Four (4) rods per person
  • The fishing pier and water access ends at 7:00 p.m. daily


  • All citizens fishing and boat launching need to check in at the marina office prior to beginning your activity
  • Fees are $6 for motorized vessels and $4 for non-motorized
  • Pleasure cruising is not allowed in motorized boats 
  • Jon boats rentals ($6 a day + fishing fees) 
  • Kayak rentals available May 1 - September 30 ($4 an hour)
  • Boaters must be off the water by 7:00 p.m.
  • The gate locks at 7:30 p.m. daily


  • Park outside the main gates

Rental Forms

If you're interested in renting space at Salem Lake, fill out the appropriate form below and return to Salem Lake management.

Salem Lake Shelter and Pavilion Policy

The Salem Lake shelter and pavilion are not available for rent. These are shared-use public spaces intended for public enjoyment. No person or group may set up or occupy large areas of the space, nor will any person or group prevent access by any other person or group. Only city sponsored events and activities will be allowed dedicated use of the space.

Salem Lake Scavenger Hunt