Looking for a unique, family-oriented fishing experience? Come visit the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, N.C. Built in 2007, the Pechmann Center is the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s newest education facility and is the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina. Center instructors teach a variety of aquatic programs to anglers of all ages and abilities.


John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

The education center is currently closed. It will reopen on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, with limited programming. Below are the COVID-19 related policies in place at the Center:

  • Follow Health and Safety Guidelines and Policies
  • Mask and Social Distancing Required
  • Pre-registration required for all classes: 
    • Inside Programming - limited to 10 participants
    • Outside Programming – limited to 25 participants
    • No equipment sharing during program
    • Equipment quarantined following program


7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, N.C. 28304*

*Due to construction of Fayetteville’s I-295 loop, the Pechmann Center is no longer available by traveling South Reilly Road. Access is available by continuing on Raeford Road, then by turning North onto Gillis Hill Road, then right on Old Raeford Road.

Phone: 910-868-5003, Fax: 910-868-2658

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Weekends, by event only)

Admission: Unless noted otherwise, events are free to eligible participants. Pre-registration is required for all events.

Accessibility: All exhibits are universally accessible. Fishing platform and restrooms are universally accessible. If you require accommodations to attend a program or event, please contact Center Director Tom Carpenter.

Program Calendar & Registration

Volunteer Opportunities

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center offers volunteer opportunities for Scouts, anglers and people interested in helping in programming or grounds maintenance and enhancement. 

Contact: Tom Carpenter 910-868-5003