Recreation Permits

We encourage you to get out and enjoy our parks and facilities whenever possible! You will need to apply for a license or permit if you would like to fish or use a vessel in one of our lakes. Applications are processed at the Apex Community Center during normal hours, and you will need to come in person to receive your license or permit. 

Fishing License

A Town of Apex Fishing License is required for fishing in the following three parks:

  • Apex Community Park
  • Salem Pond Park
  • Seagroves Farm Park

Fees:  An Apex fishing license is free for Apex Residents. Non-Resident fees vary by age as detailed below. One day guest passes may be purchased by anyone for a $5 fee.

  • Age 12 & Under          $10
  • Age 13-54                   $25
  • Age 55 & Over             $6

Fishing licenses are annual, valid 12 months from the date issued. You will receive a photo ID card when you apply. Fishing is only permitted during posted hours. Anglers age 16+ must also hold a State of North Carolina Fishing License and abide by all regulations regarding keel limits as established by the NCWC. Call 888-248-6843 or visit www.ncwildlife.org for more information.

Vessel Permit

A Town of Apex seasonal permit is required to launch vessels on the Apex Community Park Lake. All permits expire on December 31st of the year purchased. Permits must be affixed to your vessel and visible at all times.

Fees:  Residents          $5 / vessel

           Non-residents    $40 / vessel

Vessels are defined as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, sailboards and john boats. No other vessels are permitted. Vessel length may not exceed 14". Inflatables are prohibited. Battery powered trolling motors are the only authorized power source for vessels. Only car-topped vessels are permitted. Vessels must be carried by hand from the parking lot to the launch site as driving on the greenway trails is prohibited by Town ordinance. A USCG approved lifejacket must be worn by each occupant of each vessel at all times while launching and while on the lake.

All boating is at your own risk.  Swimming and wading is prohibited by Town ordinance. Launching is permitted from designated areas only and boating is only allowed during daylight, regular park hours. If you want to fish from your vessel, you will also need the fishing license described above. 

For more information on state regulations please visit www.ncwildlife.org or call the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, 888-248-6843.

Contact

Apex Community Center
Phone: (919) 249-3402
Fax: (919) 249-3368
Email

Hours *Updated as of June 1, 2020

Apex Community Center
53 Hunter Street
Apex, NC 27502
Monday thru Friday, 8am - 5pm*
Saturday, 9am - 6pm
Sunday, 1pm - 6pm
(Closed Sundays, June - August)

Forms

You can fill out the applications online, however you still need to visit the Community Center to pay and receive your physical license/permit.