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Singletary Lake State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Singletary Lake State Park
Description - In 1936, the National Park Service began development of two recreational demonstration projects in North Carolina, one was Singletary Lake. The purpose of the project was to buy submarginal farmland and convert it to better use through federally funded work programs. During 1936-1939 Resettlement Administration workers constructed Singletary recreation Center which included an office, maintenance building and recreation facilities. The property was turned over to the state July 1, 1939 for operation under a lease agreement. In October 1954, the land was given to the state by the federal government. The first to use this park were Boy Scouts and 4-H clubs.

Singletary lake has impenetrable areas of trees such as red bay, loblolly bay, pond pine and Atlantic white cedar. The shrubs of this region include pepperbush, gallberry, leucothoe, huckleberry and sheepskill. The higher areas of the park provide habitats for turkey oak, longleaf pine, blueberry and holly.

Located in the park is Turkey Oak Natural Area. Designated as a natural area by the Society of American Foresters in the early 1960's, Turkey Oak will remain in its natural state to be used for scientific and educational study. This 133 acre area, named for its predominant tree, consists of a coarse sand ridge at the southeastern end of the lake and a portion of the bay-bog. All of the primary plant community types around the Carolina bays are represented here. The rare white wicky, a relative of mountain laurel, as well as carnivorous plants also grow in the area.

Park Hours: 8:00 am -5 pm year-round. Office hours: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation - For canoeing, swimming and nature walks, bring the group to an area designated for organized camping. Two group camps contain mess halls, kitchens, campers' cabins and washhouses. Our rangers will conduct fascinating nature programs for your group and explain the unique phenomenon of the Carolina bays.

The public may fish in the lake when the group camps are not in use, by obtaining permission from park staff. NC fishing license required.

The park offers one trail with views of the bay community.

The public may fish in the lake when the group camps are not in use, by obtaining permission from park staff. NC fishing license required.

Contact the park office to arrange an exploration of Singletary Lake for your group or class. Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Carolina Bay Watch. Grades: 6, 7 and 8. Introduces students to the unique geology of a Carolina bay. Major concepts covered include: bay geomorphology, water quality, aquatic sampling, animal adaptations and data collection. Camp Loblolly Bay is accessible for persons with disabilities.

Singletary Lake State Park is within the boundaries of Bladen Lakes State Forest whereby Jones Lake State Park is located at the northern end of Bladen Lakes State Forest.

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 - Singletary Lake State Park is located in Bladen County on Highway 53, 14 miles southeast of Elizabethtown and six miles east of White Lake.

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Contact Information:
Singletary Lake State Park, 6707 NC 53 Hwy. E , Kelly, NC, 28448, Phone: 910-669-2928, Fax: 910-669-2034
, sila@intrstar.net

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - Throughout history, the coastal regions of the globe have been major attractions. North Carolina's Coastal Region is no different. With its mild climate, this beautiful eastern region of the state entertains millions of guests all year.
Fayetteville Area - Fayetteville is located in the southern Piedmont area of the state offering a pleasant environment for many of our nation's military personnel. It is home of Fort Bragg Army Base and Pope Air Force Base. Fort Bragg boasts a population of over 60,000 individuals while Pope Air Force Base has a peacetime population of over 6,500 people. It was settled in the 1730's and became a military town during World War I. It also has Revolutionary and Civil War history.
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.
Wilmington Area - Wilmington is located in the southeastern corner of North Carolina between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the cultural, medical, educational and economic center of this region and known for its historic preservation and close proximity to area beaches.

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