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 October.