Guests are welcome to visit the lake year-round to enjoy all of their favorite outdoor activities. From fishing to canoeing to hiking and relaxing, you can do it all on a day trip to Wellington Lake!

View from the Minnow Day Use Area

View from the Minnow Day Use Area

day use pricing

Adults (ages 13+): $10 per person

Youth (ages 6-12): $5 per person

Tots (ages 0-5): Free

Parking: $5 per vehicle

*Parking is paid in addition to per person fees. Guests that arrive by bicycle or are dropped off are not required to pay the parking fee.

*Cash and credit cards are accepted when the Visitor Center is open. If self-registering when the office is closed, only cash is accepted.

day use hours

Day users can enjoy access to the lake, beaches, and trails daily from sunrise to sunset.

When the Visitor Center is open, please stop in to pay your fees, sign a liability waiver, obtain a parking pass, and find out more information about the lake facilities. When the Visitor Center is closed, you are still required to register and pay with cash using the self-pay station.

ALL visitors over 18 must sign, and all minors must be listed on a liability waiver for entry. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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day use areas

Guests visiting the lake for the day are welcome to walk the beaches around the lake and explore the property, but are required to park in designated Day Use Parking areas, and picnic in Day Use areas. Please take a look at the map below for reference.

Drinking water is not available at the lake; we ask that you bring in plenty of water to stay hydrated for your day at the lake. There are many trees around the lake, but some Day Use areas offer limited shade. If consistent shade is important to you, we recommend bringing a portable shade structure with plenty of stakes.


There is so much to do on a day trip to the lake! Click the image to get inspiration and learn our rules and safety tips for your favorite outdoor activities including fishing, pets, and paddling.


hosting an event

Wellington Lake is a great place for friends, family, and co-workers to meet up and enjoy the great outdoors! Groups can join us for a day-long event, or an overnight camp-out. Please visit the Groups page for more information.

Rules and regulations

All guests are required to complete a liability waiver upon arrival at the lake. The waiver may be printed ahead of time to speed up the check-in process, by following this link. This document details our regulations and explains that fines may be imposed for rule violations. In order to protect the natural resources and our guests, we patrol the property frequently and will not hesitate to fine those found not to be in compliance. Please respect our rules so that all visitors, as well as future generations, may enjoy this spectacular place.

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