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 Paddles
8 - 10 pm
May 24 Jun 21 Jul 19 Aug 16 Sep 20 Oct 18
Come out and experience being on the lake in the moonlight. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. Private boat $8, solo rental $15, tandem rental $22. Registration is required. Please call Lake Townsend to register.
Townsend Big Bass Night Tournaments
First Friday of the month, May through October
May 3 Jun 7 Jul 5 Aug 2 Sep 6 Oct 4
6 pm to 10 pm
$10 entry fee per person
80% payback, 1 payout for heaviest bass
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.