According to the Buncombe County, North Carolina website Lake Julian Park, approximately 12-miles from Asheville, is a family-friendly recreational facility located on the banks of the 300-acre serene Lake Julian in Arden, North Carolina.
The park offers picnicking, paddleboats, canoeing, fishing, and an enclosed playground for children. The Park also hosts a variety of outdoor games, including horseshoes, sand volleyball courts and a nine-hole disc golf course.For more detailed information click the following link: Lake Julian brochure (PDF).
For anyone interested in paddling and other forms of Watersports, Lake Julian offers affordable rentals for Paddleboats and canoes. These can be rented by the ½ hour or by the hour.
In addition, 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.
Finally, 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.
For Anglers, 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 also fish from the shore, from privately owned fishing boats (electric motor only) or from Jon boats that are available for rent (anglers 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.
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Lake Julian Park is also the perfect place for family reunions, group outing and barbecues. There are 6 picnic shelters available for rent. The small shelters will accommodate parties of 25 – 35 people and large shelters from 50 – 75 people.Picnic shelters can be reserved by calling 828- 684-0376. In addition to the shelters, many tables and grills are available at no charge on a first-come first-served basis. For more information click the following links: Shelter Rental Agreement (PDF) Facilities Use and Regulations (PDF)
Lake Julian is a quiet, secluded and clean outdoor facility. The staff make that special effort to ensure that each patron enjoys the time they spend in the Park. Unfortunately, many local paddlers might tend to overlook the many special qualities that Lake Julian has to offer. Although there is not an overabundance of wildlife at Lake Julian, the observant paddler will see Blue Heron, geese, a variety of ducks (lots and lots of ducks) and if you paddle quietly, close to shore you just might see the occasional whitetail rustling across piles of dried leaves and fallen branches.
Occasionally a doe might emerge out of a thicket leading a fawn to a familiar place for a refreshing drink or some fresh, tender shoots. As one paddler so aptly stated, “This is a beautiful place. It’s a shame we don’t get out here more often”