Lake Townsend, named in honor of James R. Townsend, City Manager of Greensboro from 1947-1961, is the largest of Greensboro’s municipal reservoirs. The lake is 1,542 acres and is adjacent to the Bryan Park Complex and Golf Course off Highway 29 North. The lake was built and open for recreation in 1969.

A large boat ramp is available for private boat launching, with another launch ramp for small sailboats. Kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats are available to rent. Popular fish include largemouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, catfish, and crappie. View activities and fees.

Spring 2018 Two-Man Bass Tournament

Saturday, March 31, Gates open at 6 am, Tournament begins at 7 am
1 or 2 man teams, $50 per team, register at Lake Townsend
5 fish limit, optional big fish side pot
Trophies and cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

Sailing Classes

Adult and youth sailing classes are offered at Lake Townsend through the Lake Townsend Yacht Club. Adult classes are held in the evenings or weekends beginning in May. Youth classes are held during the week in June and July. Click for more information and to register.

Lake Townsend Yacht Club

Lake Townsend is the home of the Lake Townsend Yacht Club with membership open to the public. Members enjoy cruising and racing small to medium size sailboats on Lake Townsend. You do not need to own a boat to join the club or to go sailing with the club. Sailing classes are offered during the summer months through the yacht club.

* All city lakes maintain normal operating hours during all holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day; the lakes are closed on those days.