* Please note Lake Townsend will be closed Sunday, October 2 for a special event. *
6332 Townsend Rd.
Brown Summit, NC 27214
Features and Amenities
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 encompasses 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.
Lake Townsend offers boat and pier fishing, pleasure boating, and sailing. Popular fish include largemouth bass, hybrid bass, catfish, and crappie. Kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats are available to rent. A large boat ramp is available for private boat launching, with another launch ramp for small sailboats. View activity and rental fees chart.
Lake Townsend is the home of the Lake Townsend Yacht Club with membership open to the public. Sailing classes are offered during the summer months through the yacht club. View the 2016 Learn to Sail schedule.
Hours of Operation*
November to February: 8 am to 5 pm (closed Wednesdays & Thursdays)
March: 7 am to 7 pm
April: 7 am to 8 pm
May to July: 7 am to 8:30 pm
August: 7 am to 8 pm
September: 7 am to 7:30 pm
October: 7 am to 7 pm
* Lake Townsend is always closed on Wednesdays and is open at 8 am on Sundays year round. 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.