Many Greensboro residents may not realize that they can enjoy time on the water without clocking a lot of travel miles. Nearby Lake Townsend has been providing Greensboro residents with boat and pier fishing, pleasure boating and sailing for more than 50 years. Adjacent to the Bryan Park Complex and Golf Course off Highway 29 North, Lake Townsend encompasses more than 1,500 acres and is right in Greensboro’s backyard.

Fishing on Lake Townsend

Lake Townsend is a great way to enjoy both boat and pier fishing. Largemouth bass, hybrid bass, catfish and crappie all call the lake’s waters home.

Many fishermen may not have considered Lake Townsend or the other two lakes that comprise the Greensboro Watershed, Lake Brandt and Lake Higgins, when they are seeking an afternoon on the water. But with a combined 2,584 acres, the three municipal lakes provide some of the best largemouth bass fishing North Carolina has to offer, according to those that regularly fish the waters. What’s even better is the three lakes are at most 6 miles outside the city limits.

For those with their own boat, there’s a large boat ramp for private boat launching, as well as a smaller launch ramp for small sailboats. No boat? No problem. Lake Townsend has kayaks, rowboats and sailboats available for the public to rent.

Sailing on Lake Townsend

For those who are intrigued by the action and romance of sailing, Lake Townsend is a great place to either learn the craft or indulge your passion. Home to the Lake Townsend Yacht Club, which started in 1977, any one is welcome to sail with the club, even non-members or those who don’t have a sailboat.

The public club offers sailing lessons during the summer months for ages 10 and up. Beginners will be instructed in all the skills necessary, from knot tying to boat rigging, as well as how to determine wind direction and proper sail position. They offer three types of boats to rent—Aqua Finn (like a Sunfish), Pico and Capri 14, which are the types of boats used in their sailing classes as well.

In June of each year, the Lake Townsend Yacht Club hosts their biggest event, the Mayor’s Cup Regatta. What makes the lake ideal for sailing is the restrictions against powerboats and jet skis, so sailboats don’t have to contend with choppy waters.

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