Lake Crabtree County Park

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Joe Miller

Destination Distance From Downtown

8.7 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

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Time To Complete

1-2 hours

Review

This 520-acre flood control lake is especially popular with kayakers looking to get in a workout. In part, that's because motor boats are restricted: nothing bigger than a 5 horsepower motor is allowed, so big wakes aren't a problem. And, from the dam northwest to the currently blocked passage under Aviation Parkway is more than a mile of open water, ideal for those long pulls. That blocked passage under Aviation Parkway is a bit of a sore spot, albeit an understandable one. Beyond Aviation Parkway is a vast wetland that expands a half mile or more, depending upon the lake level. Exploring through this maze of reed grass is a blast - or at least it was until wildlife officials discovered a nesting bald eagle and restricted access to the area, for breeding reasons. So, until these nesting eagles kick their young-uns out of the nest, the area is restricted. The lake is popular with beginners because of its shallow depth - 5 feet on average, 12 feet at its deepest - which is something of a psychological issue for some. It also boasts a big rental fleet of kayaks, canoes and sailboats, with rentals available April through mid-October. You can launch your own paddle boat as well, for $2 from a boat access at the end of the road into the park. More info here. Access: At the end of the park road; $2 car-top fee. Maps here. Getting there from downtown Raleigh here.

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Lake Crabtree County Park

1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC, 27560
35.843908, -78.795222

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