Construction to Affect Activities at Salem Lake Beginning June 27

Last day for fishing licenses and boat registrations is June 26th

by staff

The bait shop, fishing pier and boat launch ramp at Salem Lake will be closed starting Monday, June 27, to allow for construction of a new marina center and related improvements. The Salem Lake Trail will remain open.

While the fishing pier is closed, the city will allow fishing from the lake bank in a designated area near the Salem Lake Trail parking area off Salem Lake Road.

temporary access areas
temporary access areas

The city will also designate a temporary location for launching canoes, kayaks and paddleboards from the bank. There will be no means for launching larger watercraft; access to the boat ramp will be blocked for about three months by grading and installation of utilities and other underground infrastructure. When this work is completed, officials expect to reopen the boat ramp during designated times as construction activities allow.

During construction the paved parking lot for the bait shop and fishing pier will be closed and used as a construction staging area. While the bait shop is closed, the city will not be able to issue fishing licenses or boat registrations at Salem Lake. The last date to do so will be June 26.

Recreation officials estimate that construction of the marina center and a new marina parking area could take a year.

A map has been provided showing what portions of Salem Lake Park are closed and the temporary sites for fishing and launching paddlecraft. (click on map to enlarge)

Work on other planned improvements, including restrooms at the Linville Road access and a new playground, restrooms and parking lot at the trail access off Salem Lake Road, will be scheduled at a later date.

Voters approved $4 million for the Salem Lake improvements in the November 2014 bond referendum. For more information about this and other bond projects go to