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.

Friday Night Paddle at Lake Townsend

NEW for 2018!  Night Paddle at Lake Townsend. Come enjoy the lake in the moonlight. Bring your own boat or rent one at the lake. Ages 13 and up. Guided night paddle will be from 8 pm to 10 pm. Check back for more dates. Please call Lake Townsend to register.

Friday, June 29     Friday, July 27    Friday, August 31

  • private boat launch $8
  • solo kayak rental $15
  • tandem kayak rental $22

Big Bass Night Tournament at Lake Townsend

Friday, July 6     Friday, August 3     Friday, September 7

  • Tournament begins at 6 pm
  • Weigh-in at 10 pm
  • $10 Entry Fee per person, payable day of tournament
  • One payout for heaviest bass 

Registration will close at 7 pm. Tournament rules are posted at Lake Townsend Marina Office. All entries must pay applicable launch fees

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.