Wake Forest Reservoir Improvements

The Wake Forest Reservoir is a 142-acre park that will return to the Town of Wake Forest from the City of Raleigh in 2016.

The Wake Forest Reservoir was created as a drinking water source for the Town in the early 1960s and houses a small water treatment plant onsite. The lake is open for paddle and electric powered boats. There is a small concrete boat ramp adjacent to the parking area.

In 2015 Wake Forest removed a wooden bridge to access the soft trail due to safety concerns. The west side of the Reservoir has a newly constructed 1.6 mile soft trail with future soft trail to be constructed on the east side to make a full 3.2 mile loop.


Phase I Improvements 
Phase 1 Improvements are currently in design and will provide a paved driveway, designated striped spaces for cars and boat trailers, a refurbished boat ramp, a floating dock, a new bridge and greenway connections to the Traditions Grande Boulevard multipurpose trail and future connection to the pedestrian tunnel under NC 98 Bypass/Calvin Jones Highway.

The project will also provide wayfinding signage, landscaping, and park amenities such as picnic tables and trash receptacles.

The cost of this phase is estimated at $684,000 which includes design, permitting and construction. Funding was provided as part of the Greenways Bond that passed in November 2014.

Future phases will include a bridge/boardwalk across the back of the reservoir near Oak Grove Church Road, completion of the east side soft trail loop and a third bridge across the dam spillway. Additional park amenities will also be added.