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San Lee Park

Nature Center Wildlife Rescue Center
Scout Projects Nature Trails
Mountain Bike Trail Community Fishing Program
Boat Rentals Rod Reel & Tackle Loaner Program
Camping Facility Rentals
Program Evaluation  Geocaching

San-Lee Park Entrance
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

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

San-Lee Park Holiday Closings:

New Year’s Day – Friday, January 1, 2016
Thanksgiving -- Thursday & Friday, November 24th, & 25th, 2016
Christmas– Friday - Tuesday  December 23rd- 27th, 2016

Nature Center


See your wild neighbors up close and learn more about them. The Nature Center houses live native, non-releasable wildlife in the forms of mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds of prey. NC snake identification system is available.

Injured/Orphaned Wildlife
 SLP Snakes

 Please do not drop animals off at the park.
 If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal you can go to  www.ncwildlife.org,   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). 

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

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 1Map 2.



Mountain Bike Trails

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

Community Fishing Program

SLP Fishing


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
    Fee:                              NO CHARGE
    Adaptive fishing equipment is also available.

Boat Rentals


The park offers 8 paddleboats and 4 kayaks for rent. Life jackets are provided. A boat dock attendant will be on duty.
Dates:             April – October
                        1:00 – 6:00 pm weekends only
Rental Site:     Boat House at San Lee Park
                        Attendant handles rentals & equipment
Age:                Children under 9 must be accompanied
Fees:              $3.00 per boat for ½ hour
                        $5.00 per kayak for 1/2 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!

San-Lee Park Camp Grounds

SLP Directional Signs

Campsite rentals are available during park operational hours. A driver’s license or similar identification is required for registration. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are not taken.  For additional information, please call 919-776-6221.

Tent Camping

The park provides tent sites, tables, charcoal grills, water, and a shower house. Campsites are located in a private section of the park close to the lake.
Program Date:     April – October
                              Exceptions for weather & burning bans
Fee:                      $15.00 per night
Register:              At park office during park hours
                             Must be 18 years or older or accompanied by an adult


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.

San-Lee Park Facility Rentals

San-Lee Park offers rental facilities for family reunions, weddings, meetings and company picnics. Reservation forms and fees should be received 21 working days prior to event when renting facilities. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any Lee County facility. You may call the main office (775-2107 ext. 4201) to rent these facilities.

SLP Pavilion


The shelter has 12 picnic tables (seats 100+ people), 2 charcoal grills, a horseshoe pit and volleyball court. A volleyball kit and horseshoes are included in the rental fee.Water and electricity hook up is available upon request.

San-Lee Park Shelter Fees

Number Of People            Rate          
100 People or Less    $60 (up to 4 hours)      
                                   $110 (over 4 hours)       
Over 100 Peole           $75 (up to 4 hours)      
                                   $140 (over 4 hours)
Additional $25 fee for non-county residents.       

Multi-Purpose Room

New Facility Under Construction

This room is ideal for weddings, receptions, meetings, scout events and reunions.
Multi-Purpose Room Fee is $ 150/day < 4 hours for county residents
                                                     $25 additional fee per hour over 4 hours
                                                    $250/day for non-county residents
                                                     $25 additional fee per hour over 4 hours

SLP Meadow


The meadow is a large open outdoor space located across the meadow creek. This area is ideal for weddings, church services and company picnic activities. No chairs or tables at site. Meadow Fee is $40/day for county residents - $65/day for non-county residents.

This is a small outdoor theatre with wooden benches. It is located next to the lake and has a great view! There is seating for approximately 50 people. Amphitheatre Fee is $25/day.
Additional $25 fee for non-county residents. 



572 Pumping Station Road
Sanford, NC  27330





San-Lee Park Nature Center and
Building Temporarily


August 22, 2016 Ground Breaking