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Lake Townsend

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6332 Townsend Rd
Brown Summit, NC 27214 
Phone: 336-373-3694
Fax: 336-373-3696

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.

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Enjoy a relaxing boat ride during peak leaf season in the Triad. Tours last 45 minutes and depart every hour between 11 am and 2 pm. Rides are $7 per person. Space is limited and you must call 336-373-3694 to reserve a spot.

October 21 & 22  •  October 28 & 29  •  November 4 & 5  •  November 11 & 12

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.

Hours of Operation*

November to February: 8 am to 5 pm (closed Wednesdays and 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. 

Last updated: 9/28/2017 5:04:00 PM