A few summers ago, my teenager took crew class at Lake Wheeler Park, so the two younger children and I got to spend a few hours a week exploring all of the wonderful things it has to offer. Besides the sparkling blue water where you can rent pedalboats, kayaks, canoes, and jon boats, there are several miles of wooded trails and a great playground overlooking the water. We loved spending time watching the ducks and geese on the lake. We also saw so many different types of butterflies and moths at this park in particular, perhaps due to their pretty pollinator garden next to the boathouse. The public docks on the lake are the perfect place to sit and observe waterbirds like heron and kingfishers, and we just love the wooded view across the lake. It is a great place for families with kids to spend the day, I hope you get to have some fun there soon!
Know Before You Go: Lake Wheeler has public restrooms at the boathouse and at the trail head.
There is NO SWIMMING at Lake Wheeler Park.
Fishing is allowed at Lake Wheeler, kids under 12 fish free, there is a fee for other age groups. Shoreside fishing is not allowed, only from docks and watercraft.
The trails here are shady, there are lots of mosquitoes.