San-Lee Park is a 177+ acre park, located at 572 Pumping Station Road, that offers hiking trails, a mountain bike trail, a Nature Center, playground, picnic facilities, campgrounds and two stocked lakes for fishing. Paddle boat rentals are available seasonally.

SAN LEE PARK HOURS (Please see below)

Monday-Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Monday-Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm


New Year's Day -
Friday, December 31,2021
Thanksgiving -
Thursday&Friday, November 24th & 25th, 2022
Christmas -
Friday, Monday & Tuesday  December 23rd, 26th  & 27th, 2022


Nature Trails

Approximately 4 miles of hiking trails offer a true nature experience at San-Lee Park. The trails wind along the two lakes and through the woods, offering great fishing spots, access to an array of wildflowers, and many great views. There is no cost. The Nature Trails are open year round during park operational hours at no cost. Map 1 & Map 2.

Scout Projects

Over the years, Boy & Girl Scout projects have provided San-Lee Park with many needed improvements. A new bridge for the meadow, amphitheater, and trails are examples of scout projects. There is also a new roof on the valve house located on the lake and renovation of the ampitheatre at the paddle boat dock. Cost of building materials for projects is covered through donations and guidelines are regulated by the Boy & Girl Scouts of America. Build your future & make a lasting impression! Join the scouts to help your community! Program Dates Year Round

San-Lee Park  Tent Campground


Tent Camping

Campsites are located in a private section of the park close to the lake. The park provides tent sites, tables, charcoal grills, water, and a shower house. 

Campsite rentals are available by reservation only. A driver’s license is required for registration. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.  For additional information, please call 919-776-6221 Ext. 4.

Program Date:

April – October
Exceptions for weather & burning bans


$15.00 per night


At the Parks & Recreation Office located at 2303 Tramway Road, Sanford or on line at at least 72 hours in advance.
Must be 18 years or older or accompanied by an adult

Injured/Orphaned Wildlife

Please do not drop animals off at the park. If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal you can go to, In the "At your service" box, select "Have a Problem?", click the tab "Injured/Orphaned Wildlife" and then select a county. Please do not drop off animals at the park. Please note that it is illegal to keep in your care any wildlife without the proper permit from the state government (and sometimes the federal government).

Community Fishing Program

The Lee County & North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides opportunities for urbanites, especially the young, elderly, and physically challenged, to enjoy the pleasures and benefits associated with the fishing experience. The fishing program is year round, during park hours and is available to all ages, male and female. Fishing piers and bank fishing are available. Lakes have been stocked with over 70,000 fish in the past 10 years. Fishing licenses are required by State Law through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission,, or by calling 1-888-248-6834 or 919-707-0391. Licenses can be purchased, along with tackle and supplies, at several places in Lee County. (Wal-Mart, Jackson Brothers and Broadway Hardware).

Rod, Reel, and tackle loaner program

Kids who don’t have parents who fish or money to buy equipment can check out a rod, reel and tackle to give “America’s #1 Sport” a try. Zebco 33 classic rods and reels will be provided for check out, along with a tackle box, tackle and a how-to-fish booklet. Parents must fill out a registration form then a check out card will be issued.

Program Date:

All Year

Rental Date & Site:

San-Lee Park Office during office hours Check out rods & reels daily



Adaptive fishing equipment is also available.

Nature Center


See your wild neighbors up close and learn more about them. The Nature Center is located in San-Lee Park, it houses live native, non-releasable wildlife in the forms of mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds of prey. The address to the Nature Center is 760 Pumping Station Road.  Use the entrance above the main entrance into San-Lee Park.

Boat Rentals

The park offers 8 paddleboats for rent. Life jackets are provided. A boat dock attendant will be on duty.


May – October
1:00 – 6:00 pm weekends only

Rental Site:

Boat House at San Lee Park Attendant handles rentals & equipment


Children under 9 must be accompanied


$3.00 per boat for ½ hour

(Additional $25 fee for non-county residents for rentals exceeding 1/2 hour)

Whether you want to fish, hike, picnic or just relax, you are assured a wonderful time at San-Lee Park!


Geocaching is a relatively new game that is growing quickly in popularity. It can be compared to a high tech scavenger hunt, using “GPS” technology in order to find hidden treasures. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to spend time in the great outdoors with friends or family. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. The visitor should leave something for the cache if they take something. There are several cache sites located in Lee County, please contact San Lee Park to obtain a geocache placement application and the policies associated with the placement of a geocache site. Good luck and happy hunting.

Mountain Bike Trails

This trail measures approximately 12 miles long, and winds around the entire park's parimeter. It is perfect for moderate to difficult rider. Trail usage is during park hours. Please use designated parking area for Mountain Biking riders.
***Please be sure to be back at parking lot 15-30 minutes prior to park closing when using Nature and Mountain Bike Trails! Check park closing hours!***