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Salem Lake Park

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  1. Child Play Area
  2. Concession Stand
  3. Dog Waste Station
  4. Drinking Fountains
  5. Electrical Outlets
  6. Greenway
  7. Grill
  8. Lake / Pond
  9. Mister
  10. Off-Street Trail Access
  11. Parking
  12. Picnic Shelters
  13. Restrooms
  14. Walking Trail


  • 7-Mile Trail
  • 365-Acre Lake
  • Fishing

City worker saves dog from drowning at Salem Lake

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:
  • Bream
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Hybrid bass
  • Large mouth bass
  • White perch

Anyone 16 or older must have a North Carolina State Fishing License to fish at Salem Lake or Winston Lake.

News & Updates

A man who caught a 38-pound catfish at Salem Lake was featured on WFMY in September 2017. Read his story.

Check out our Throwback Thursday videos on Facebook! Salem Lake has been featured on the Triad Treasures blog! Be sure to read the story today!


  • No fishing is allowed from the banks of Salem Lake. Only pier and boat fishing are allowed.
  • The lake and trail close 30 minutes before the park closes. Please be off the lake and the trail so the park can be closed properly.
  • Do not feed the ducks or geese. Feeding the water fowl may be harmful to their health.