Boating Rules


Lake Lure, North Carolina is a small man-made lake with approximately 27 miles of shoreline.  Because
it’sBoating on Lake Lure North Carolina both a home to residents and a popular destination for visitors, the Town of Lake Lure maintains regulations aimed at balanced use of the lake.

As stewards of the lake, the Town of Lake Lure must carefully and consistently manage it’s challenges and limitations.  This is done in consideration of the ecosystem, wildlife, marine life, and in consideration of all who enjoy it.  In an effort to meet the diverse needs, schedules, budgets, and preferences of a wide array of residents and visitors, several rules apply and different types of permits are available.

The most important things to know about boating on Lake Lure

  • All watercraft, motorized and non-motorized, must obtain and display an annual permit issued by the Town to be on the lake.
  • Permits are non-refundable and must be renewed on an annual basis.
  • The lake is patrolled, and surveillance cameras are used around the lake.
  • While boating is allowed outside of our peak season, there are several permits where restrictions apply during peak boating season.
  • The Town of Lake Lure considers peak season as: the Friday before Memorial through Labor Day.
  • No more than two people may be pulled from a boat (skiing, tubing, etc) at any time.
  • There are a limited number of permits sold each calendar year. Therefore, don’t delay in making your purchase!
  • Although there are no restrictions on horsepower of boats, there are length restrictions.
  • Pontoon boats and non-motorized vessels may be no longer than 28 feet.
  • All other boats, such as ski boats, fishing boats, deck boats, etc., may be no longer than 21 feet.
  • If you are between the ages of 21-26, you may not operate any motorized watercraft more than 10 horsepower unless you have completed the North Carolina Boater Safety course and carry proof of completion.  This safety course is FOUND HERE and may be completed online.

Watercraft included with your rental home:

Motorized or non-motorized boats may be included with your rental home. If you plan to bring a boat, please read this page carefully for specific instructions and requirements. Lake Lure has watercraft size and type restrictions, and permit fees.  Boat rentals, boat activities, and guided tours can be FOUND HERE.

Watercraft NOT allowed on the lake:

  • Pontoon boat, canoe, kayak, rowing shell, row boat or any motorized craft that is longer than 28 feet.Lake Lure NC Boating Rules and Regulations
  • Any other type of boat that is longer than 21 feet, such as a runabout, ski boat, deck boat or sail boat
  • Any type of boat, other than a pontoon boat, weighing more than 4,000 pounds, (per manufacturer specs)
  • Personal watercraft (jet skis) are prohibited

How many permits can you purchase?

There are a set number of permits available in each permit category.  As long as permits are available, their availability is as follows:

  • Owners and spouses of an improved property parcel (with dwelling) within the Town of Lake Lure may have up to three motorized boats permitted at the resident rates.
  • An unimproved parcel may have one motorized boat permitted.  Additional boats must be permitted at the non-resident rates.
  • No more than three boats may be moored per 100 feet of shoreline.  The exception: approved marinas and cluster moorings.

What information is needed to process an application?

If you are purchasing a permit for the first time, or your information has changed, or you have a different boat than in the previous year, you’re asked to complete a boat permit permit application. Print it out here.

Information needed every year for a boat permit:
  • Address of Lake Lure property, (if applying for a resident permit).
  • Name, address and contact information of boat owner. The name must match property tax records for resident permits
  • Boat information: make, model, year, length, color and mooring location. If motorized: motor make, year, horsepower
  • For motorized boats: Proof of state registration and proof of liability insurance, (marine policy, homeowners policy or a certificate of insurance).
  • Insurance Requirements for Private Boats:
  • Lake Lure requires that all private boat owners must  maintain marine liability insurance with at least $300,000 in coverage for each motorized boat permitted.
  • The Town does not have to be listed as a co-insured. Proof of insurance must be shown in order to receive a permit (either an agency letter or a copy of the policy).

What types of permits are available and how much are the fees?

  • Daily Motorized permits are $50. During peak season, these permits may only be used Monday-Friday
    excluding weekends and holidays.Lake Lure NC Boating and Waterskiing During non-peak season, there are no restrictions.
  • Weekly Motorized permits are $125 during non-peak season and can be used anytime. During peak season the cost is $300 and cannot be used on weekends or holidays.
  • Non-Resident Annual Permits are valid between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31st. are $550.
  • Non-Resident Annual – Peak Period Weekday Only permits are $350 and  may only be used Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) during peak season. May operate anytime during non-peak season.
  • Non-resident Fishing permits are $130. The boat motor must be 50 hp or less, and during peak season use of this permit is limited to 9pm to 9am only.  Outside of peak season you may use this permit any time. Please note, however, that towing is prohibited.
  • Non-motorized permits are $25 per day, $50 per week, or $100 for an annual permit. Annual permits are current for calendar year only (Jan.1 – Dec. 31). You will need to know the type (kayak, canoe, sailboat, paddle board, etc.), brand, length, color, and year of the boat. Please note: Boats with non-motorized permits are prohibited from using any type of motor, including electric and trolling motors.

Review lake fee schedule and complete list of types of permits available by CLICKING HERE.

Where to purchase a permit

All residents of the Town of Lake Lure must purchase their boat permit through Lake Lure Town Hall. You can come into the office, or you can process your purchase by mail, but you must go through the Town of Lake Lure.
Lake Lure Town Hall is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and is closed on national holidays.
Lake Lure Town Hall is located at 2948 Memorial Highway, next to the Marina.

Credit and debit cards are accepted, but there is a surcharge of $2 or three percent, whichever is greater. This charge is put in place by the Credit Card companies.

Visitors and non-residents may purchase boat permits through Town Hall or Washburn Marina, located in Morse Park.
Please note: the Marina has seasonal hours. Call the marina at (828) 625-1373 for hours of operation.
It is located at 2930 Memorial Highway in Lake Lure.

By mail: If you would like to purchase your boat permits by mail, you may print and complete the boat permit application CLICK HERE and mail in with the required information. Please note: Permits are sent certified mail. There is an additional $4.25 charge per permit to purchase by mail. Please allow plenty of time for us to receive and mail out your permits.

Are you a resident or non resident?

To be considered a resident of Lake Lure you must own property within the town limits, paying Lake Lure Town taxes.
Otherwise, you are a non-resident or a visitor.

Source:  Town of Lake as of 18 October 2017.  Terms and conditions are subject to change.
Disclaimer:  This is not the official Town of Lake Lure, NC website. Other websites, blogs, or pages like this on the internet may reference town programs, individuals, or facilities.  Those websites (including this one), blogs, or pages are not Town sanctioned and as such, the Town of Lake Lure has no control of, and is not responsible for, their content.