Salem Lake

Phone and internet systems are currently down at Salem Lake. We are currently working to resolve the issues. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

  1. Bobby Hege

    Lakes & Special Use Facilities Supervisor
    Phone: 336-650-7677

Salem Lake Operating Hours

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  

Bait shop hours:

  • Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday - 7:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Gate locks nightly at 7:30 p.m.

 Pier Fishing

  • Fishing is FREE
  • Anglers must use marked sections for social distancing
  • Individuals over the age of 16 must have a license to fish
  • Maximum of three (3) rods per person
  • Closes at 5:00 p.m. 


  • Beginning September 14, 2020, all citizens fishing and boat launching need to check in at the bait shop prior to beginning your activity.
  • Personal boat launch is FREE
  • Jon boats are available for rent ($6 per day)
  • No kayak rentals
  • Boaters must be off the water by 5:00 p.m.


  • Practice social distancing on trails
  • Park outside the main gates
  • Park gates close at 6:00 p.m.

Winston-Salem employee Jay Council saves dog from drowning at Salem Lake.  Read about it here.