Boating & Fishing

Boat at Bass Lake


Enjoy a serene paddle across Bass Lake, or zip along in a johnboat! Boats are rented seven days a week Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends only in April, May, September and October. Canoes are available after 5 p.m. on weekdays from mid-June through mid-August as they are used by the park's summer camp. Renters must be age 16 or older and show a photo ID. No personal watercraft of any kind and no personal boats or motors are allowed on the lake.

Pricing: We accept MasterCard and Visa ($1 minimum charge) and cash. (Small children and dogs count toward the seating limit.)
Non-motorized boats: Canoe (seats three) or rowboat (seats four)
$5 per hour
Motorized boats (seats up to three) 
$10 per hour


Fishing at Bass Lake is free and open to the public. During the summer, the lake is stocked with 1,500 pounds of catfish every month. Night crawlers and red worms are sold at the park concession stand (cash and MasterCard and Visa with $1 minimum charge accepted). If you need a fishing pole, sign up for the Tackle Loaner Program to borrow equipment for free. People ages 16 and older need a state inland fishing license, which can be purchased online from the state or at local stores including Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field and Stream, and The Tackle Box.

Catfish: no more than six per person per day with a minimum size of 12 inches.
Bass: catch and release only. Sunfish and crappie: no limits.