Tackle Loaner Program (TLP)

First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. The loaner rods and reels are provided by various city and county parks statewide and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission through the Commission's Tackle Loaner Program (TLP). The Commission created the Tackle Loaner Program to introduce North Carolinians, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills. The Commission works cooperatively with the American Sportfishing Association to expand the tackle loaner program to parks that are already participating in the Commission's Community Fishing Program.

Here's how it works
The Tackle Loaner Program operates just like a library. Anglers of all ages register at participating parks to receive a tackle loaner ID card, which allows them to check out a rod and reel. Anglers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian complete the registration form. After returning the loaner rods and reels to the park office, first-time participants under 16 years of age will receive a free mini-tackle box containing hooks, bobbers, sinkers, and a stringer. Tackle loaner ID cards can be used at other participating sites in North Carolina, but rods and reels must be returned to the original loaner site.

A list of Tackle Loaner Program sites appears below. Directions to Community Fishing Program sites can also be also found on the N.C. Fishing Access Map.

Adaptive Fishing Gear
Adaptive fishing gear can be loaned to disabled anglers at some TLP sites. The gear types are electric John’s Reels with either a push button or joystick-operating device. Typically, these special reels are placed on easy cast fishing rod devices that the photos illustrate below. Some sites also offer rod holders for those persons with shoulder problems and or an inability to hold something for an extended time. For individuals with grip problems action life gloves are available in various sizes. These gloves are available for either right or left hands.

 Current NC Tackle Loaner Program Sites

SITE

COUNTY

COOPERATOR

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

Buckeye Recreation Center (serves Buckeye Creek Reservoir and Coffey Lake) Avery Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation
Goose Creek State Park Office Beaufort NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Res.
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

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

Lake Rogers Park Office

Granville

Creedmoor Parks & Recreation Dept.

Oka T. Hester Complex Guilford Greensboro Parks & Recreation Dept.
Oak Hollow City Lake Office Guilford Greensboro Parks & Recreation Dept.

Bur-Mil Park Office (serves Bur-Mil Park and Lake Brandt)

Guilford

High Point Parks & Recreation

High Point City Lake Guilford High Point Parks & Recreation

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

Century Center (serves Anderson Community Park)

Orange

Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources

River Park North Complex

Pitt

Greenville Recreation & Parks

Lake Lucas Park Office Randolph Asheboro Cultural & Recreation 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

Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education

Transylvania 

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

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

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

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