Tackle Loaner Program (TLP)

Looking to try fishing for the first time? Still fine-tuning your angling skills? Or perhaps you forgot your gear at home? The Tackle Loaner Program is here for you! The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has teamed up with various cities, counties, state parks and other organizations so that North Carolinians (and visitors) are able to borrow rods, reels and other fishing gear free of charge. The Commission created the program back in the 90’s to introduce new anglers, especially children, to the wonderful pastime of fishing and encourage novice anglers to develop their skills. The program is funded by the federal Sport Fish Restoration program.

 

HOW TLP WORKS


The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library system. Anglers of all ages register at any participating site, then receive a TLP ID card, which allows them to check out fishing gear. Participants can then use their ID card again and again to loan out gear at any of NC’s TLP sites. All gear must be returned to the site from which it was originally loaned out, however.

First-time TLP participants under 16 years of age will receive a free mini-tackle box loaded with basic fishing essentials.

 

ANGLERS WITH DISABILITIES


Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to anglers with disabilities at some TLP sites. This gear includes a Velcro reeling system and assistive arm or hand pole holders/grips for those with limited or no hand function. We also offer wheelchair pole holders. If you are visiting or plan to visit a TLP site that does not have this gear readily available, please contact tackleloaner@ncwildlife.org so that we may assist.

 

HOW TO FIND A TLP SITE

 

A list of Tackle Loaner Program sites is below, sorted by county A-Z. You can also use the N.C. Fishing Access Map to find your nearest TLP site. A tutorial on how to filter the map for TLP sites can be found here.

 

Many of the 50+ TLP sites are also Community Fishing Program sites, where the Commission regularly stocks catfish.

 

NO TLP IN YOUR AREA?

 

The NCWRC is always looking to bring the Tackle Loaner Programs to more communities, because we believe everyone should have access to fishing! If your city or county does not have a TLP site, but you’d like to see one, please let us know by reaching out to tackleloaner@ncwildlife.org. Agencies interested in becoming a TLP partner are encouraged to reach out as well.

 

Current NC Tackle Loaner Program Sites

SITE LOCATION

COUNTY (A-Z)

TLP PARTNER

Graham-Mebane Lake Office

Alamance

Graham Recreation and Parks

New River State Park Office Alleghany NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.
Stone Mountain State Park Office Alleghany NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Ashe Park Pond Office

Ashe

Ashe County Parks & Recreation

Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library Beaufort BHM Regional Library System
Goose Creek State Park Office Beaufort NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.
Asheville Parks and Recreation Office Buncombe Asheville Parks & Recreation
South Mountains State Park Office Burke NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Camp TN Spencer Park Office

Cabarrus

Cabarrus Co. Active Living & Parks

Frank Liske Park Office Cabarrus Cabarrus Co. Active Living & Parks
Broad River Greenway Office Cleveland Broad River Greenway 

Lake Rim Park Office

Cumberland

Fayettevile-Cumberland Co. Parks & Recreation

Little River Reservoir Durham Durham Parks & Recreation
Lake Michie Recreation Area Durham Durham Parks & Recreation
Eno River State Park Office Durham NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Rankin Lake Park Office

Gaston

Gastonia Parks & Recreation

Dallas Park Gaston Gaston County Parks & Recreation
Lake Devin Granville Oxford Parks & Recreation

Lake Rogers Park Office

Granville

Creedmoor Parks & Recreation Dept.

Oka T. Hester Complex Guilford Greensboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Bur-Mil Park Office (serves Bur-Mil Park and Lake Brandt) Guilford Guilford County Parks and Recreation
High Point City Lake Office Guilford High Point Parks & Recreation
Oak Hollow City Lake Office Guilford High Point Parks & Recreation

Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (serves Jonathan Creek in Maggie Valley and Richland Creek)

Haywood

Haywood County Tourism Development Authority

Glenville Recreation Center (serves Jackson County Parks & Recreation Pond)

Jackson

Jackson County Parks & Recreation Dept.

San-Lee Park Office

Lee

Lee County Parks & Recreation

Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center (serves Mill Creek)

McDowell

Mountain Gateway Museum

Matthews Community Center (serves Squirrel Lake) Mecklenburg Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve Office

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

McDowell Nature Preserve Office

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Office

Mecklenburg

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

Campbell House, 2nd Floor at Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Dept. (serves Southern Pines Reservoir) Moore Southern Pines Recreation and Parks
Southern Pines Recreation and Parks Dept. - 2nd Floor at Campbell House (serves Reservoir Park) Moore Southern Pines Recreation and Parks

Century Center (serves Anderson Community Park)

Orange

Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources

Mayo Park Office Person Person County Parks and Recreation

River Park North Complex

Pitt

Greenville Recreation & Parks

Lake Lucas Park Office Randolph Asheboro Cultural & Recreation Res.
Haw River State Park Office (serves park's Robins Nest Lake) Rockingham NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Mayo River State Park Office

Rockingham

NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

City Park Office

Rowan

Salisbury Parks & Recreation

Salisbury Community Park Office

Rowan

Salisbury Parks & Recreation

Morrow Mountain State Park Office

Stanly

NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Elkin Municipal Park Office (serves Big Elkin Creek)

Surry

Elkin Recreation & Parks Department

Tumbling Rock Reservoir at Westwood Park Office

Surry 

Mount Airy Parks & Recreation

Cane Creek Lake Marina

Union

Union County Parks & Recreation

Aycock Recreation Center (serves Fox Pond)

Vance

Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks

Apex Park Office (serves Apex Community Park)

Wake

Apex Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Bass Lake Park Office

Wake

Holly Springs Parks & Recreation

Falls Lake State Recreational Area Visitor's Center Wake NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Wheeler Lake Complex (serves Simpkins Pond & Lake Wheeler

Wake

Raleigh Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Harris Lake County Park Office

Wake

Wake Co. Parks, Rec. & Open Space

Lake Crabtree County Office

Wake

Wake Co. Parks, Rec. & Open Space

Poole Family YMCA (serves Lake Benson) Wake Poole Family YMCA in Garner
Buckeye Recreation Center (serves Buckeye Creek Reservoir and Coffey Lake Watauga Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Office

Wayne

NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.

Wilkes County Library (serves Reddies River, Cub Creek & Yadkin Greenway Pier)

Wilkes 

Town of Wilkesboro/Wilkes County Partnership

Patience Park Office (serves Yancey County Toe River Campground) Yancey Yancey County Parks & Recreation

How to Sign Up for the Tackle Loaner Program

Fishing Access Map Tutorial