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Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Description - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of North Carolina welcome you to Falls Lake. Falls Lake is a man-made reservoir located in the upper portion of North Carolina's Neuse River Basin. The dam is located a few miles north of Raleigh, at the village of Falls. The lake extends 22 miles upstream from the dam to the confluence of the Eno and Flat Rivers near Durham.

The City of Raleigh uses Falls Lake as its municipal water supply and is authorized to withdraw up to 100 million gallons of water a day. Each year the dam prevents millions of dollars in potential flood damages to downstream property and the lake hosts more than 2 million recreational visitors.

Selected forests are being managed to provide habitat for the bald eagle and similar efforts are being made to restore the forest habitat preferred by the red-cockaded woodpecker, a former inhabitant of this region. Penny's Bed Nature Preserve protects a community of rare and endangered plants.

Recreation - Falls Lake offers a variety of outdoor recreation activities. There are numerous swimming beaches, campgrounds, picnic groves, hiking trails, boat ramps and fishing piers. The park rangers not only enforce park regulations but offer interpretive programs through a variety of illustrated talks, trail hikes and other special programs.

Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)-- Guess What's for Dinner. Grades: 3, 4, and 5. Introduces students to food chains and food webs and how human-caused impacts can effect them. Major concepts covered include: food chain, food web, interdependence and human impacts on the environment.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures range from 36 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 4 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range from 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 26 Celsius). Spring and Fall daytime temperatures range from 71 to 73 (20's Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48-52 inches (122-132 centimeters).

Location - Falls Lake State Recreation Area is located due north of Raleigh less than 6 miles.

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Contact Information:
Falls Lake, 13304 Creedmoor Road , Wake Forest, NC, 27587-1405, Phone: 919-676-1027, Fax: 919-733-3499
, fallslak@bellsouth.net

Additional Information:
North Carolina Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs in North Carolina range from huge reservoirs to small lakes. Many of the lakes are surrounded by campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. Some of the larger lakes have State Parks along their shores while others fall within the National Forest lands.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
The Triangle Area - The Triangle gets its name because of the research triangle which includes Raleigh, Durham and the university town of Chapel Hill. This area has grown enormously in the last few years leaving "locals" struggling to hang on to their history and green space.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Official agency Website


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