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

Truly Terrifying Trailblaze

Friday, November 1, 6 - 8 pm
Bring your family for an evening hike on the Bald Eagle Trail along the banks of Lake Higgins. Come in costume to talk about bats, snakes, creepy crawlies, ghosts and ghouls! We will learn some of the history of Halloween and the environmental aspects of this haunting holiday as the season is changing. Following our hike we will gather 'round a cauldron fire and sip hot cider. Bring your own mug and your scariest ghost story! This is a free program, but registration is required. Please call Lake Higgins to register. 

Botanical Printing and Dyeing Workshop Series 
botanical pics

Black Walnut Shibori Dyeing 
October 5, 10 am - 12 noon
$7 per person, appropriate for ages 12 to adults

In this workshop we will use the Japanese Shibori method to dye fabrics with a black walnut solution. We will discuss how naturally and locally sourced pigments can be used to make dyes. Come experiment with us! Be sure to wear old clothes that can get permanently stained. Feel free to bring a small snack to share with the group! Call Lake Higgins to register.

Natural Dye Baths
November 2, 10 am - 12 noon
$7 per person, appropriate for ages 12 to adults

In this workshop we will work through the dyeing process from dye bath to fixative bath. We will discuss the use of various botanicals that can be used to create different color dyes and various mordant that are commonly available and easily utilized. Feel free to bring a small snack to share. Call Lake Higgins to register.

Cyanotypes
December 7, 10 am - 12 noon
$7 per person, appropriate for ages 12 to adults

The short winter daylight will be used to its fullest potential during this sun-seeking workshop. In this workshop we will learn to use Anna Atkins method of sun printing to create a range of blues, cyan, that accurately represent the morphology of the plant or feather we are recording. These pieces of art will be perfect for holiday gifts or will just offer an opportunity to seek the winter sun and explore our dormant Piedmont. Please come dressed in warm clothing. Feel free to bring a small snack to share. Call Lake Higgins to register.

Block Printing Botanical Illustration
February 8, 2019, 10 am - 12 noon
$7 per person, appropriate for ages 12 to adults

In this installment of our printing workshop series we will make post cards and blank greeting cards. We will center this workshop on botanical illustrations of native North Carolina plants, insects, landscape, or animals. Block printing can be very precise or very rustic, and it is always very fun. Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting stained. Feel free to bring a small snack to share. Call Lake Higgins to register.

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.

New Accessible Boat Launch

accessible dock

Thanks to a $37,965 grant from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, Lake Higgins has become more accessible to people of all abilities.

Parks and Recreation has used the funds to improve sidewalks, parking, and the kayak and canoe launch at Lake Higgins, and ensure they meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. This project is part of Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation's efforts to expand recreation opportunities to people of a wide range of physical abilities.