Lake Raleigh's Dam was breached during hurricane Fran in September 1996 and the Dam was rebuilt and then re-flooded in early 2000. I have pictures of the bottom just before flooding and will try to post those in the near future. The State did not allow fishing from 2000 - 2007 in an effort to help build up the fishery. Lake Raleigh has what you would typically expect for a small Central NC impoundment. Largemouth Bass, White and Black Crappie, Bluegill, ShellCrackers, Green Sunfish, Channel Cats, Bullheads, Carp and the lake also has a nice population of Shad.
Fishing is restricted to daylight and you also must possess a valid NCSU parking pass between the hours of 7am and 5pm. If You are not a student or an employee and don't have a pass you are restricted to either fishing before 7am or after 5 pm or buying a day pass which cost 10 dollars. Also, this pass cannot be purchased online and must be purchased at 2721 Sullivan ST. The phone number for this office is 919.515.7572 . The website for Transportation is www.ncsu.edu/transportation
****also , note that the sign says you can purchase a pass at the info center which is a booth on Varsity Dr, and the internet says you can purchase them at another booth but that is old info. The passes have to be purchased at the Sullivan Rd address I listed above. ************
The parking lot only has 6 regular spots and 1 handicapped spot. If these are full you can park on Main Campus Drive where there are aprox 15 spaces.
Boats are restricted to cartop or in the bed of a pickup as no trailers are allowed as the spaces are not long enough for trailers and no motors which makes it ideal for canoes and kayaks. Here is A picture of the Parking lot and Ramp.
This is the one below the ramp-
And the one above the ramp.
Here are a few shots from around the Lake. The first being a shot just upstream of the dam.
I fished lake Raleigh For a few hours and while I struck out I know there are some nice bass in this Lake. Lake Johnson upstream of this lake produces really big bass so I am sure this one does as well.
A gentleman on the pier had some nice Crappie that he caught while I was canoeing.
Thanks for Looking, Mack