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Lake Julian Park

Lake Julian Park is a family recreational facility located on the banks of 300 acre Lake Julian in Arden. The park offers picnicking, boating, fishing, a playground, outdoor games and special events.


Lake Julian has an abundance of bass, catfish, brim, crappie and imported Tilapia. Because Lake Julian is used as a cooling agent for Progress Energy the lake is “thermal.” Some of the best fishing occurs from October through March.

Anglers may fish from the shore, from privately owned fishing boats (electric motor only) or from Jon boats that are available for rent (fishermen provide their own electric boat motor). A boat launch is also available for private fishing boats. There is a daily or annual fee to use the boat launch. A North Carolina Fishing License and a local lake permit is required.

A North Carolina fishing license is required in all Buncombe County Rivers and Lakes.
[Where to Get an NC Fishing License]


Paddle boats are available for rental. These boats can be rented by the ½ hour or by the hour.

A pontoon boat is offered at no charge for use by People with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and for Educational Student Tours. Reservations are required in advance. A Lake Julian Park staff will be the captain and tour guide.

A boat launch is available for the launching of private craft including fishing boats with electric motors, canoes, kayaks and sailboats. There is a daily or annual fee to use the boat launch.

Outdoor Games

A sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits are available for use on a first come/first served basis. Volleyballs and horseshoes are offered for use by Park patrons at no charge with proof of a driver’s license.

9 Hole Disc Golf Course is available on the back side of the park.


6 picnic shelters are available for rent at Lake Julian Park. Small shelters will accommodate parties of 25 - 35 people and large shelters from 50 – 75 people. Picnic shelters can be reserved by calling 684-0376. In addition to the shelters, many tables and grills are available at no charge on a first-come first-served basis.

Park Hours

Park hours vary with the season.

  • November through March (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • April and September (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • May through August (8 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • October (8 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

The park is open year round, seven days a week except for the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day

Fee and Rental Information

Note: Fees for Rentals Increase January 1, 2018

Picnic Shelters (must call ahead for reservations (828) 684-0376)

  • Large (100 per day)
  • Small (75 per day)

Jon Boat Rental (Motors are not furnished; patrons must supply their own electric motor.)

  • $15 (4 hours)
  • $25 (all day)

Paddle Boat Rental

  • $8 (per ½ hour)
  • $12 (per hour)

Launch Fees for Private Boats

  • Fishing Boats ($8 per day/$50 per year)
  • Canoes, Kayaks and Sailboats ($8 per day/$50 per year)

Fishing Permits (does not include North Carolina Fishing License)

  • $4 per day/$25 per year
  • Senior Citizen discounts are available for fishing permits

Sailboat Storage Fee

  • $400 per year

Kayak Storage Fee

  • $200 per year