5 Ways to Enjoy Roanoke Rapids Lake
Have you ever been to the Roanoke Rapids Lake or its Day Use Park? If not, you’re missing out on one of the best outdoor attractions in and around Halifax. To get an idea of what you can do on the lake and within its shoreline, check out these fun activities and amenities at the park and on the water.
Roanoke Rapids Lake has 47 miles of thickly forested shoreline, free of marinas or heavy commercial development. Visit the Day Use Park at the far end of the Roanoke Canal Trail, a 7.2-mile journey through the canal’s original tow path. The trail is well-marked and great for biking, as well, with the sound of rushing water nearby. The trail ends at the Roanoke Canal Museum, which features several outdoor displays of where the canal used to run.
The lake’s water is pleasantly warm for much of the year and a great place to take a dip on a hot day. Hop in from your boat if you’re on the water, or access the swimming zones from the Day Use Park. Note that the swimming zones do not have lifeguards on duty.
There’s nothing like stretching out on a couple of blankets before a huge spread of your favorite foods. The great views all around the park provide many spots to spread a blanket and enjoy an outdoor lunch. It’s fun for families, it’s a great romantic date idea, and it’s a lovely prelude to exploring the rest of the park. The picnic tables are very popular, so visitors should call ahead to the Day Use Park to reserve them. This way staff can inform other picnickers if a certain spot is taken.
If you love to fish, you’ve got to explore the different hot spots around Roanoke Rapids Lake. A handicapped-accessible fishing pier adjacent to the boat dock and ramp allows you to cast a line from the shore, or you can paddle out to a serene edge of the lake. The waters are rich with largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, walleye, and channel catfish.
Frisbee golf, or disc golf, is an endlessly fun and accessible sport gaining popularity around nature preserves and parks. The concept is exactly what it sounds like, as players compete to send their frisbees from the starting point to a net goal at the end of each “hole” in as few throws as possible. The sport is both easy to learn and tough to master, and it’s suitable for all ages. The Day Use Park has a nine-hole course with lots of open space, along with more challenging holes set in the woods or with hazards.
Roanoke Rapids Lake is quieter than its neighbor Lake Gaston, providing the same fun things to do with less of a crowd. There are many ways to enjoy Roanoke Rapids Lake and its Day Use Park, so plan a visit soon!