As of October 2012, all water-related activities at Salem Lake had been curtailed due to dam construction. That's the not-so-good news. The good news is that construction isn't forever, and soon (perhaps even by the time you read this), the 365-acre lake will be back in business for local paddlers. Every local paddler needs a quick go-to place when the urge to be on the water is great, the time to do so not so. A 10-minute drive from downtown - and located close to U.S. 421 and U.S. 52 it's probably not much farther for most Winston-Salemites. Though it's not a big lake surfacewise, its two long fingers - one is two and a quarter miles the other a half mile shorter - make for both a nice workout and a pleasant natural excursion. For the latest on dam construction and the reopening of Salem Lake, call 336.727.2066. More info here. Maps here and available at the park. Getting there from downtown Winston-Salem, here.