Boat Rentals 2020

Reservations may be made at 12 pm the day before the rental date. Boats may be reserved online or by calling your preferred marina. Supply is limited.


Lake Higgins is a 226-acre municipal reservoir. It was constructed in 1956 and later named in honor of Vic Higgins, who served on the Greensboro City Council from 1955-1957. Lake Higgins is located on Hamburg Mill Road, off Highway 220 North.

It is the smallest of the three City lakes, yet offers some of the best fishing in the area. Fishing is allowed from a boat or from the pier. Kayaking, stand-up paddling boarding (SUP) and canoeing are also allowed on Lake Higgins. A launch ramp is open for launching private boats. Rowboats, kayaks, and canoes are available for daily rentals. View activities and fees

The Taylor Turner Hatchery Pond, established in 1988, is used to nurture catfish and trout in season. The pond can accommodate as many as 6,000 fish at a time. Lake Higgins also has a classroom especially designed for educational programs. View events, classes and programs

*All events and programs have been cancelled through July due to Covid-19* 

Preschool Nature Program

10-11 am, First Thursday of every month, year round
Discover nature, beginning with a story, followed by outdoor, hands-on nature exploration. Each program will end with a fun activity or craft to take home. Come prepared to actively participate with your child. Cost is $2 per child, ages 2-5. Call Lake Higgins to register.

North Carolina Rowing Center

North Carolina Rowing Center is located on Lake Higgins and offers rowing for youth and adults.  Middle and High School teams are coed and compete throughout the Southeast.  Homeschool programs are offered for middle and high school students.  Two adult programs include learn to row for beginners and a recreational program geared towards improving physical fitness.  There are also opportunities for adults to compete.  Rowing on Lake Higgins is offered Summer, Fall, and Spring.  In the Winter months (December, January, and February) rowing is held indoors at College Hill Crossfit.

Accessible Boat Launch

accessible dock

Parks and Recreation received a grant from Duke Energy to improve sidewalks, parking, and the kayak and canoe launch at Lake Higgins. This project is part of Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation's efforts to expand recreation opportunities to people of a wide range of physical abilities.