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Lake Crabtree Connection


April 2017
Crabtree Casters
Beginning April 5 and continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through September, is our free Crabtree Casters program.
Whether you already enjoy fishing or would like to learn how to fish, this program is for you! Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Bring your own poles or borrow one of ours through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are provided.
All participants 16 years and older must have a valid NC fishing license to participate. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing is catch and release only.  Preregistration is required. Visit our website to register on-line.

May Preview
  Hunting for Herps
Saturday, May 6
10 a.m.-noon
Come learn about the unique life cycle that makes an amphibian an amphibian, and other ways they differ from reptiles. Meet Lake Crabtree's adopted Eastern Box Turtle, Shel Silverstein, and join park staff as we go in search of wild turtles, and other reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitat.

Spring Butterflies Walk
 Sunday, May 7
10 a.m.-noon

View some of the early spring butterflies on a walk through Lake Crabtree's gardens and meadow. Learn how to identify some of our common butterfly species and discover their important roles in ecosystems. We will also identify the wildflowers being visited by these amazing insects.

Preregistration is required. Visit our website to register on-line.

Annual Passes for Boat Launch
Lake Crabtree is ideal for water sports such as fishing, sailing, rowing, and paddling. The park has a year-round public boat launch area, which includes a two-lane boat ramp and a car-top canoe/kayak launching area.
Launching a boat is $2/day for cartop boats or $3/day for trailered boats. So if you boat here frequently, it's worth your while to purchase an annual pass, $30 for car-top boats and $45 for boats on a trailer. Your fees help maintain park facilities.
To purchase a pass, stop by our office, open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to   1 p.m., or call 919-460-3390. More information on boating at Lake Crabtree can be found here.
North Carolina Invasive Species Awareness Week
Help us celebrate North Carolina's Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week. Originated by the NC Invasive Plant Council, Invasive Species Awareness Week is meant to be an opportunity to educate the public about the threat of invasive plants. Organizations across the state will be taking part, including Lake Crabtree, so look for a workshop near you!
What's an invasive plant and why do we need to be aware of them? Register for our Invasive Species Workshop to find out.
Sign up now for April Programs!
    • Birding with Vernon
      • All ages
      • 1st Saturday of every month, 8:30-10 a.m.
      • FREE, no preregistration required.
    • Storytime for Tots: Wildflowers
      • Ages 2-5
      • Wednesday, April 5, 1-2 p.m.
      • FREE
    • Crabtree Casters
      • All ages
      • Wednesday, April 5 & 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
      • FREE
    • Invasive Species Workshop
      • Adults only
      • Thursday, April 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
      • FREE


These programs require preregistration unless otherwise stated.  Visit our website to register on-line.
The Wild Side: 
The Introduction of Invaders
Kudzu-J. Randall
Did you know that about 42% of species that are threatened or endangered are at risk mainly because of the introduction of some invasive species?  Invasive species, whether a plant, bird, reptile, or any other organism that is not native to a particular area and grows or reproduces rapidly, do not usually have any natural predators or other sources of control in the area of the introduction. 
Invasive organisms often out-compete native plants or animals for resources such as food or sunlight.  We humans are the main culprit when it comes to introduction of invasive species and we can also be the solution. 
Join us for our Invasive Species Workshop from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 6, in honor of "Invasive Species Awareness Week" to find out more about how you can help with this wide-spread problem.  You will also get to participate in some hands-on invasive species removal! 
This program is for adults only and requires preregistration.  Visit our website to register online.
Boat Rental 2017

Opening day for the 2017 Boat Rental season is scheduled for Saturday, May 6th! The 2017 Boat Rental schedule is now posted on the Lake Crabtree website. Check our website to view the schedule, Boat Rental rates, and other Boat Rental information.
Contact us: 
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway 
Morrisville, NC  27560
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