Where to Fish with Kids in the Charlotte Area

By South Charlotte Macaroni Kid July 7, 2024

Lazy days of summer are upon us, this is the perfect time to teach your kids to fish or treat your teens to fishing poles and some worms to get them out of the house for an old school afternoon. In the state of NC you need a fishing license if you are over the age of 16. The license will cost $16 annually and can be purchased online at this link. You can also learn more about fishing in NC at this link. 

Mecklenburg County Parks

The following parks are part of North Carolina’s Community Fishing Program which are stocked ponds for public fishing.

Idlewild Lake at Idlewild Road Park

Freedom Lake at Freedom Park

Park Road Lake at Park Road Park

McAlpine Lake at McAlpine Creek Park

Davie Lake at William R. Davie Park
Hornet’s Nest Lake at Hornet’s Nest Park

Nature Preserve's

At the following Nature Preserve's you can check out a rod and reel for 24 hours

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
In addition to fishing, you can kayak and canoe

McDowell Nature Preserve

In addition to fishing, you can hike and camp. McDowell Nature Preserve also offers tons of ongoing programming for kids of all ages.

Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve

Reedy Creek Park has three ponds and a fishing pier, they also offer ongoing programming and summer camps. You can spend the day at Reedy Creek and do more than just fish!

Colonel Francis Beatty Park

In addition to fishing, there are great sun shaded playgrounds, kayaking, canoeing and soccer fields.

Squirrel Lake Park

Fishing, disc golf and walking trails are available at this park.

Cane Creek Park
In addition to fishing there is a beach to enjoy, mini-golf and pedal boats.

South Carolina

You will need a license if you are 16 or older in South Carolina, you can find more information about purchasing a license at this link. 
Rock Hill
Riverwalk Greenway

In addition to fishing, you can walk trails, take part in paddle activities and access the Catawba river where you can float.

Fort Mill

Anne Springs Close Greenway

Fishing is restricted to Greenway members only