With its 150 acres of lake and 300 acres of land, Lake Johnson Park is an ideal spot for Raleigh outdoor activities year-round. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing competitions, fitness classes, trail running and other activities at Lake Johnson this fall and winter.

Fishing and Boating
The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will host a bass fishing tournament at Lake Johnson on Saturday, October 13. The annual event will take place from 6am until 1pm, with a registration fee of $70 for a two-person team. Several prizes will be awarded, including a $400 cash prize for a first-place finish.

Park visitors can also still rent beach boats, canoes and kayaks. Park Manager Mark Elmore expects boat rentals to be available through the end of October, weather permitting. Bass, shell cracker, crappie, bream, catfish and carp are all found in Lake Johnson.

Fitness Classes
The park will offer several challenging fitness classes for local residents this fall and winter. Beginning on October 22, a morning boot camp class will run on Mondays and Wednesdays for six weeks. The class costs $80 for Raleigh residents ($92 for non-residents).

For those who prefer low impact exercise, a Monday night Mat Pilates course kicks off on November 12. The class runs until January 7 in the park’s serene Magnolia Cottage. Area residents and visitors can also take yoga at the park, including evening courses for beginning and intermediate practitioners. In addition, there will be a morning course focusing on therapeutic yoga. This class is ideal for beginners, those with chronic conditions, or yogis recovering from injuries or illness. The next session of the course starts on November 13.

Greenway Trails
Lake Johnson Park boasts 3.5 miles of paved greenway trails and 1.9 miles of unpaved trails, making it a popular spot for runners and walkers. Trail enthusiasts should be aware that one of the foot bridges on the pathway will close for repairs for a few weeks this fall, starting in mid-October. Biking is not permitted on the unpaved greenway trails.

Special Events
Lake Johnson Park’s conference room and Magnolia Cottage are available for special event rentals throughout the year. There are also picnic shelters available for use. A new multi-purpose facility has been approved and is currently in the design phase. The public can provide input regarding this facility’s potential use during public meetings to be held early next year.

Laura Bastian is a freelance food and travel writer based in Durham, North Carolina.

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