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Water at campsites   

Please be advised that the individual water at each campsite has been cut off for the winter months as we do not have frost free spigots and the spigots will be in danger of freezing and pipes bursting.  There will be hot water available for showers at the shower houses and water spigots will be available near shower houses for campers to fill up holding tanks on RV/campers as needed.

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Events and Programs

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


The Trail Sisters program is aimed at bringing women of all backgrounds together for companionship and exploring the outdoors. Join Ranger Purvis as she leads a 2.7-mile moderate-level hike through mixed hardwood pine forest with views of the lake. Please dress in layers for the weather, bring water, and wear hiking boots or sturdy athletic shoes. Meet by the trailhead at New Hope Overlook’s parking lot (look for a white State Ranger truck).

Please reserve your spot on the hike by calling the park office at (919) 362-0586, extension 227. Hike limited to 10 people. For more information on the Trail Sisters program visit:  

Date of Event:
Sat, 02/23/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
New Hope Campground- parking lot, near the trailhead.

Description: Parents, enjoy the outdoors and bring your children (ages 6-12) for an easy hike designed to help them earn their Junior Ranger certification for Jordan Lake!  We will start at the beach parking lot near the trailhead for the Ebenezer Church Trail (look for the white State Ranger truck). During our hike, we’ll be working on Junior Ranger booklet activities so please bring a printed copy (found here: along with any water, snacks, and walking shoes you need.

Please reserve your spot on the hike by leaving your name, phone number, and number of people in your group at (919) 362-0586, extension 227. Hike limited to 15 people. An alternative indoor program is planned in case of rain or trail flooding.


Date of Event:
Sun, 02/24/2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Ebenezer Church Day Use Area- Beach parking lot, near the Ebenezer Church trailhead.

Family Fishing Fiesta Outdoor Event
Ever wanted to learn how to fish or freshen up old skills? If so, this program is for you. Families will be introduced to fishing, aquatic education and water safety.  Activities will include knot tying, casting, fishing, and cleaning fish, as well as information on fish management, aquatic stewardship, boating and water safety, and fishing regulations. Spanish speaking families are encouraged to participate. All activities will be bilingual. There will be a limited supply of fishing poles to use and if you have one, bring it! The program is completely free and no reservations are required. You will learn other outdoor recreation opportunities that you can do while visiting Jordan Lake State Recreation area.  Food Trucks will be on hand or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.  Sponsoring agencies: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife Service and many more! Event will be held rain or shine. 

More information can be found at or contact
Brock Martin 919 362-0586 ext. 218 or
Cecilia King 919 830-0202 or

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/07/2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
White Oak Recreation Area

Catch a Sure Thing (C.A.S.T.) – We provide the bait, tackle, and expertise. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment. You provide a child between the ages of 6 and 12 who wants to go fishing.  This program is limited to groups of 6 children.  They will learn how to bait a hook, types of fish found in the lake, and if willing how to unhook a fish! (Hands on Activity ●Group size ≤ 6 ●Ages – 6-12 ● Length – 1 1/2 hours) Please call the park office at 919 362-0586 ext. 218 to register your child. Please leave the child's name and a parent or guardian's name and contact number. Spaces are limited. The program will be held every Sunday’s from April 14th – August 25th.  Program time 9:00am-10:30am. 
No CAST programs with be offered on May 26th, June 30th and July 7th. 

Date of Event:
Sun, 04/14/2019 - 9:00am to Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:30am
Start Location:
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Park Office, 280 State Park Road, NC 27523

280 State Park Road
Apex, NC 27523



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