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March 1, 2010

Guide: Triangle Boating

Even if you don't own a boat, you can rent some thinking time at several locations throughout the Triangle. Here's a quick rundown of where, for as little as $3 an hour, you can experience your own Walden Pond.

GENERAL RULES:

-Essential equipment -- oars/paddles, life vests -- are included in rental.

- Deposits are required, typically ranging from $5 for a Canoe or Kayak to $20 for a Sunfish sailboat.

- Rental hours can vary. Call ahead to check.

- Reduced half and full-day rates are available in some instances.

Lake Johnson

Location: 4600 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh.

Contact: 233-2121

Boats: Johnboats, $3 per hour; Pedal Boats, $7 per hour; Canoes/Kayaks, $4 per hour; Sunfish Sailboats, $10 per hour.

Lake Wheeler

Location: 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.

Contact: 662-5704

Boats: Johnboats, $3 per hour; Canoes and Sit-On-Top Kayaks: $4 per hour; Sunfish Sailboats: $10 per hour (demonstrated proficiency in this or a comparable boat required).

Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Location: 801 High House Road, Cary.

Contact: 469-4100

Boats: Pedal Boats, $5 per half hour; Johnboats, $3 per hour; Canoes and Kayaks, $4 per hour.

University Lake

Location: South Old Fayetteville Road near Jones Ferry Road in Orange County.

Contact: 942-8007

Boats: For Orange County residents: $7 per half-day for the first person, $3 for each additional adult (kids under 12 and seniors 65 and over, $1.25); nonresidents: $13 per half-day, $4.50 for each additional adults (kids under 12 and seniors 65 and over, $1.25).

Shelley Lake

Location: 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh.

Contact: 420-2331

Boats: Johnboats, $3 per hour; Pedal Boats, $7 per hour; Canoes, $4 per hour


Umstead State Park

Location: Entrance off U.S. 70/Glenwood Avenue between I-540 and Ebenezer Church Road, Raleigh.

Contact: 571-4170

Boats: Canoes, $5 first hour, $3 every additional hour.

Cane Creek Reservoir

Location: Nine miles west of Carrboro on N.C. 54 in Orange County.

Contact: 942-5790

Boats: For Orange County residents: $7 per half-day for the first person, $3 for each additional adult (kids under 12 and seniors 65 and over, $1.25); nonresidents: $13 per half-day, $4.50 for each additional adults (kids under 12 and seniors 65 and over, $1.25).

Lake Crabtree County Park

Location: Off Aviation Parkway just south of I-40 in Morrisville.

Contact: 460-3390

Boats: Sailboats, $10 per hour; Canoes and Kayaks, $7 per hour.

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