Boating and Fishing

Fishing and Boating permits are required for Lake Fayetteville and Lake Sequoyah and should be purchased at the Boat House/ Lake Office prior to accessing the lake. All state laws governing boats apply.

There is no permit requirement for Lake Wilson or other park areas containing fishable waters. All City lakes are No Wake.


All fishing should be done only from the bank or boat. No wading, swimming, or belly boats are permitted in all City lakes. All AG&F regulations apply and licenses are required.

Lake Hours:

Lakes are open to the public throughout the year from sunrise to sunset daily. Closed from Sunset to sunrise. Exceptions include:

  • Lakes Fayetteville and Sequoyah are closed on Thanksgiving Day and from sunset on December 23rd through January 14th
  • The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department is authorized to extend the operating hours of a lake when reasonable and necessary to accommodate a tournament, special event, or season weather conditions.

Permit Fees:

Annual Boating and Fishing Permit  
Ages 16 - 64 $50
Over 65 / veterans $40
Daily Boating and FIshing Permit  
Ages 16 - 64 $6
Over 65 / veterans $5
Annual Fishing / Use Permit  
Ages 16 - 64 $30
Over 65 / veterans $20
Daily FIshing / Use Permit  
Under 16 with permitted adult Free
Ages 16 - 64 $3
Ages 65 / veterans $2
Annual Non-motorized Boating permit 
(canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, inflatables, sailboats)
Per patron, non-transferrable $20
Daily Non-motorized Boating Permit 
(canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, inflatables, sailboats)
Per person, non-transferable $3
Annual Boat Docking Permit  
Fayetteville Resident $250
Non-Fayetteville Resident $325