Kermit G. Pell Water-Based Recreation Facility

The Kermit G. Pell Water‑Based Recreation Facility – often referred to as Ramseur Lake – is the site of a127‑acre lake and a 9‑acre park. Located off Hwy 22 between Ramseur and Franklinville, the 392 million gallon lake serves as the water supply for the Town’s municipal water system and is home to a variety of fish species. Fishermen praise the excellent fishing, and the locals enjoy dropping a line from one of several piers, or taking a boat out for a relaxing outing.

The lake offers a boat launch for boats with motors under 10 horsepower, or patrons may rent one of the Town‑owned boats for a nominal fee, when available. Please contact the Lake Warden to confirm availability. One person from each party must check-in and check-out, in addition to, completing the proper forms and documentation, prior to putting boats in the water.

The Bait Shop offers a variety of live bait and tackle supplies. There are also snacks and drinks available for purchase.

A valid N.C. Fishing License is required for all persons with the exception of those under 16 who are exempt from the requirement of a basic fishing license for inland public waters.

Ramseur Lake is a perfect location for family reunions, Sunday school parties, or just a relaxing afternoon. Shelters are often reserved weeks in advance, so be sure to contact the Lake Warden for availability of facilities and the fee schedule.

In August of each year Ramseur Lake hosts its annual Barry T. Richardson Youth Fishing Tournament. Sponsored by area citizens, the tournament is open to children ages 5 to 15 and offers prizes for winners in two age groups. The combination of free fishing and free food brings out a crowd on a Saturday morning each year. In addition to fishing, the park also provides paved parking for large groups, four picnic shelters, additional picnic tables with grills, restroom facilities, and a playground for the children.

The Kermit G. Pell Water‑Based Recreation Facility is open from March through November.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Sunday

March: 8am – 6pm
April: 7am – 7pm
May-August: 7am – 8pm
September-October: 7am – 7pm
November: 8am – 6pm

December thru February: CLOSED (shelter rental by reservation only)
Allen H. Leonard Memorial Park

Named for former Recreation Chairman Allen Leonard, the Park is located off Brooklyn Avenue just across the river from Ramseur’s historic downtown. Known locally as Brooklyn Park, the nine‑acre facility boasts recreational opportunities for the entire family.

The Park, with its two little league ball fields, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, picnic shelter, and ample parking is open all year long to area residents. The Park also provides access to Deep River.

Please contact Town Hall at 336‑824‑4111 to check on the availability of the fields and to reserve the fields.

The Park’s picnic shelter may be reserved by contacting Town Hall. To access the tennis courts, which remain locked when not in use, contact Town Hall during regular business hours or dial 9‑1‑1 to request that the Ramseur Police unlock the courts after hours.


Please practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others by staying six (6) feet apart. Also, we are asking that patrons wear a cloth face covering when social distancing can not be maintained.


Kermit G. Pell Water-Based Recreation Facility
Lake access from Ramseur Lake Road, Franklinville
Playground access from Wallace Street, Franklinville

P.O. Box 545
Ramseur, NC 27316

Allen H. Leonard Park
Leonard Park Street, Ramseur
P.O. Box 545
Ramseur, NC 27316

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