Trails and boat ramps are open. The swimming pier remains CLOSED.
The park office is open with limited access. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.
Night photography is permitted with a Special Activity Permit. The picnic shelter is available for rental. Contact phone numbers are posted.
All campsites are open, including group campsites. You must book a campsite through the reservations website or by calling 1-877-722-6762.
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020
Contact the park
2252 Lake Shore Road
Creswell, NC 27928
GPS: 35.7889, -76.4038
- November to February:
8:00am to 6:00pm
- March to May:
8:00am to 8:00pm
- June to August:
8:00am to 9:00pm
- September to October
8:00am to 8:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
- Open Monday to Friday:
8:30am to 6:00pm
- Closed state holidays
Things to do
Hiking and Biking
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and power vessels have ample room to enjoy Lake Phelps. The lake offers ideal conditions for sailing in shallow draft boats. Launch a canoe from Cypress Point or use the launching and docking facilities behind the park office.
Two N.C. Wildlife boat ramps provide access to the Scuppernong River. Canoe trails on Lake Phelps and the Scuppernong River offer paddlers the chance to view the area's environment up close.
A canoe trail winds through the park's nearby waterways, offering paddlers the chance to view the area's environment up close.
Enjoy swimming in the shallow clear waters of Lake Phelps. The designated swim area is located a short walk down Lake Shore Trail, behind the picnic area on the north side of the lake. The swim pier has two ladders so the water is easily accessible, even for small children. The square platform located at the end of the pier has seating, so visitors have a place to relax and keep an eye on swimmers. Lifeguards are not provided; adults and group leaders must provide swimming supervision.
There is no fee for swimming, and the swim area can be accessed during regular park hours by all visitors. Pets are not allowed in the swim area.
Lake Phelps is known throughout the state for its bass fishing. The lake teems with largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed. Enjoy the challenges of pickerel and catfish as the Algonquians did 10,000 years ago.
From land, try your luck on the fishing pier, boardwalk, or the overlooks at Cypress Point. Wade fishermen can enter Lake Phelps at the Pocosin Overlook. Excellent fishing spots can also be found along the banks of the Scuppernong River, in addition to all of the ponds in the park. Anglers must have a fishing license and obey regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
A large cypress grove supplies plenty of shade for picnicking. Tables and grills are provided with each picnic site, and restrooms and water are located nearby. The grassy field near the picnic grounds creates a great playground for all ages. Individual picnic sites are available on a first-come basis.
Picnic shelters offer a perfect setting for gatherings. The shelter located near the park office includes eight tables; the shelter at Cypress Point offers two tables, restrooms, water and a fishing pier nearby. Use is free of charge unless reservations are requested.