Triangle Fly Fishers
Triangle Fly Fishers Trout Unlimited
 Triangle Fly Fishers
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Triangle Area, NC
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Clearwater Lake

Clearwater Lake is a 5 acre spring-fed "pay to fish" impoundment in the southern portion of Orange County just outside of Chapel Hill, NC. It is situated on a piece of property, known as Camp Clearwater, currently owned by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. Clearwater is stocked with Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout, some of them very large. Fishing is limited to eight people per day and is strictly catch and release. DIRECTIONS

Rules, Regulations, and Release Form

Click here to view the Clearwater Lake rules, regulations, and release form. Please complete the release form on-line and print it out. After reading the form, sign it, and bring it with you to the lake. This speeds up the process for everyone, and allows you to start fishing sooner. Each person must have a signed release form on file, and you only need to provide the form once each season.

Catch and Release Rules and Regulations

Fishing at Clearwater is strictly catch and release using fly rods and barbless hooks. Click here to view the catch and release rules and regulations.

Fishing Dates for the 2014-15 Season

By reserving and pre-paying for a large block of dates, we receive a substantial per slot price discount. TFF has reserved fifteen days for the 2014-15 season.

  • October 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 28
  • December 7 and 14
  • January 10, 18, and 24
  • February 1 and 15
  • March 1 and 15

There are eight (8) slots available for each date. A "slot" is defined as one person for one day, whether fishing or not. Everyone on the Camp Clearwater grounds must have purchased a slot, including children. Walk-ons are not permitted. All slots for the 2014-15 season have been sold.

Use 'em or Lose 'em

All slots are sold by TFF on a first-come, first-served, use 'em, or lose 'em basis.

Inclement Weather

In the event of unpleasant weather go fishing or keep fishing. If the Clearwater operator determines the weather is too severe for fishing and closes the lake you will be offered a makeup date.

To Make a Reservation

As a general rule, reservations will not be accepted after 4:00 PM on the Thursday preceding the Sunday fishing date. Similar restrictions apply to other-than-Sunday fishing dates (e.g., Wednesday before a Saturday date). Contact us or refer to the weekly Clearwater Lake e-mail update for exceptions.

We have a new reservation system this year. Details will be provided SOON! (We promise!)

To Cancel a Reservation

Once a reservation is made, you cannot edit, alter, delete, or cancel it. At this point, you need to send a note to Jim with the date you want cancelled or change required. He will cancel/alter the reservation and get back to you.

Reservations may not be cancelled after 1:00 PM on the Wednesday before a Saturday or Sunday fishing date and 1:00 PM on Tuesday for a Friday fishing date. If you cancel prior to the deadline you will not lose your slot. If you choose not to fish and do not cancel prior to the deadline - your slot is lost.


Having a problem making a reservation? Contact Jim Cappy -- he will help you or do it for you.

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