Hope Mills Lake

Please note: Boat Permits will not be required until July 1, 2021.

Swimming at the lake runs Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

All boats, motorized and non-motorized must have a valid permit issued by the Town of Hope Mills Parks & Recreation Department. Boat Permits must be completed in-house at the Hope Mills Recreation Center (5770 Rockfish Road Hope Mills, NC 28348) during normal business hours, and are not available for online registration.

REQUIRED: Please make sure to bring a copy of a valid state watercraft registration and copy of insurance certificate showing liability coverage (if motorized)

HOPE MILLS LAKE IS A NO WAKE LAKE

Annual Boat Permit Duration: April 1 – March 31

HOURS

  • Monday - Saturday: Sunrise to 30 minutes prior to sunset
  • Sunday: 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

No boat in excess of 26 feet in length shall be allowed on Hope Mills Lake, only Class A and Class 1 boats are authorized. Personal Water Craft (PWC) are not authorized for use on Hope Mills Lake AND ARE NOT ALLOWED.

PERMITS

Residents (Town Residents may operate a NON-MOTOR BOAT on Hope Mills Lake without a permit)

Daily - $5

Yearly - $50

Non-Residents (Motorized and Non-motorized Boat Fees)

Daily - $10

Yearly - $100

All permit fees are non-refundable.

  • Permit must be displayed on the starboard side of the registered boat at all times during its operation on Hope Mills Lake.
  • Non-resident permits may be limited in number at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Department with input from Town Staff to prevent over-crowding.
  • The Hope Mills Parks & Recreation Department reserves the right to deny any request for a permit, and reserves the right to revoke any permit at any time when not abiding by established policies, rules and regulations governing the use of Hope Mills Lake.
  • Boats shall be launched and loaded only in areas designated for launching and loading, do not leave boat unattended. 
  • Do not operate boat within 50’ of dam.
  • NO WATER SKIING
  • NO RACING
  • NO WAKE
  • NO ALCOHOL

For more information, please visit the Town of Hope Mills Lake Ordinance 

For further questions, please contact the Hope Mills Parks & Recreation Main office at (910) 426-4109