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

Sailing Lessons

Adult and youth sailing lessons are offered by the Lake Townsend Yacht Club. Classes are available May through August. Please visit their website to learn more or 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.