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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Description - The New Hope River Valley, now home to the corporate world of Research Triangle Park, has been the site of a broad range of cultures for more than ten thousand years. Archaeologists have explored the remains of 450 prehistoric and historic sites in the area and have uncovered many Indian artifacts. This plot of land was not only settled by Scottish Highlanders in the 1740's, but saw action in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Following a disastrous hurricane, which struck the Cape Fear River Basin in 1945, Congress directed the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake a comprehensive study of water resource needs in the area. The project, then known as New Hope Lake, was authorized in 1963 and construction began in 1967. In 1973, the name of the project was changed to B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake in honor of the former senator from North Carolina.

Jordan Lake's 46,768 acres are not only a popular source of recreation, but they also provide the water supply for surrounding cities, flood and water quality control and fish and wildlife conservation.

Recreation - Fishing tournaments are held throughout the year and attract hundreds of fishermen to the bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill waters. The area hosts 24 boat ramps and a marina.

Swimming is available at 3 of the recreation areas while sailing and windsurfing are popular at 2 of the sites.

Camping, picnicking and hiking are also natural attractions.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area holds the honor of being one of the largest summertime homes of the American bald eagle. The population of eagles in the Jordan Lake area has increased dramatically since the flooding of the reservoir in 1983. Vast undisturbed areas provide the perfect home for the eagle. There is plenty of fish to eat and a mature forest for roosting. The eagles generally congregate at the north end of the lake and can be seen best from the SR 751 bridge crossing Northeast Creek or the Wildlife Resources Commission's Wildlife Observation Deck. The observation deck is located 5 miles south of I-40 on SR 751 or 6.5 miles north of US 64.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is located in Chatham County, 21 miles southwest of Raleigh off US 64. It can be reached via SR 751 or US 15-501 from Durham and Chapel Hill.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
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Filed By: Bill (Greensboro, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 06/28/02 Great day to be on the lake! Temp. was in mid 80's and nice breeze blowing helped keep things cool. We fished from sunrise to noon. Cought 6 very nice Crappie, a Striper and several large bluegill. We anchored under the Hwy 65 bridge for most of the morning. Used mostly jigs and ultra light tackle. All in all it was a great day!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Excellent campgrounds - Large sites - good swimming/boating facilities - good fishing - well kept - recommend!

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Contact Information:
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, 280 State Park Road , Apex, NC, 27502, Phone: 919-362-0586, Fax: 919-362-1621
, jordanlake@mindspring.com

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.
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
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.

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