CTA strives to improve and maintain the fragile ecosystem of Lake Trace and provides guidelines for policies that impact the lake.
No gasoline powered engines are allowed in Lake Trace.
All boat owners in Lake Trace must fill out a registration form.
Carolina Trace Boat Registration Form
Trace Boat Rescue Volunteers
Past Lake Trace Work Projects.
Lake Trace Hotline - 919 499-1300
Carolina Trace has a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) supported by the Carolina Trace Association. CERT is concerned with disaster preparedness, and can also assist with disaster response when county first responders are delayed by overwhelming needs in the aftermath of a disaster. CT CERT is a FEMA program sponsored by and managed in Lee County by the Director of Emergency Services. For more information about CERT click here.
Contact: Penny Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardening at Carolina Trace
Welcome to Carolina Trace. Gardening is a favorite pastime for many residents. There are local garden clubs that offer opportunities for gardeners to gather and share:
The Lee County Extension Center is also a source for gardening information about flowers, lawn care or vegetable gardening. You may contact the Extension Center at 919.775.5624 and speak to an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer during April-October on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. You may also access information about gardening through their website: https://lee.ces.ncsu.edu/.
Soil sampling is an important part of gardening. North Carolina State University provides free analysis of your soil during most months of the year. Contact the Extension Center for more information about performing your own soil sampling through the center.
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Since Carolina Trace was established back in the seventies, there has been a community club for folks who enjoy fishing in our 315-acre Lake Trace. There were yearly contests with prizes for biggest bass and crappie.
Long time TUFF Directors Barry Butzer, Carl Woodard and other TUFF members participated in the “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” (HOFNAD) Program from the national Future Fishermen Foundation which was funded by a grant from the Department of Justice. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department and TUFF members would visit various ponds with the Lee County Boys & Girls Club and provide instruction and bait. Ponds included Mary Perry’s pond off Edwards Road, “Doc” Howard’s pond off Wildlife Road and three farm ponds off Chris Cole Road. Although the HOFNAD program was eliminated due to federal budget cuts, the TUFF Club continues to offer fishing lessons to Sanford community youth groups, as well as the Trace community.
Contact: Libby Bibb
Color Fish Haven Map with GPS Coordinates
North Carolina Wildlife Commission
Lake Trace Hotline - 919 499-1300
Volunteer Carolina Trace (CT) residents are part of the Adopt-A-Highway Program and we call ourselves the Trash Busters. We meet once each month (the second Mon at 9 am) to clean up Hwy 87, north and south outside the front of CT.
Contact: Debbie Betts
Historic Cemeteries Around Carolina Trace
There are several historic cemeteries in and around Carolina Trace. Some of our neighbors have documented them and others volunteer to keep them presentable.
A presentation on these cemeteries can be found here.