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Campsite, trails and boat ramp closures   

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is experiencing extreme high lake levels due to recent rain storms causing campsites, hiking trails and boat ramps to close until the water starts to recede.
Please keep in mind that the camping will be very limited to what we can offer over the next two to three weeks which will include the Thanksgiving holiday.  If you have reservations during this time please contact the park office (919-362-0586 ext. 0)  to see if your site is affected.  The park office is open Monday through Friday 8am-4:30 and is closed on weekends and all state holidays. 

 Posted on: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Water at campsites   

Please be advised that the individual water at each campsite will be turned off December 3, 2018 for the winter months as we do not have frost free spigots and they 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.

 Posted on: Friday, November 9, 2018
Activities

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Accessible Activities

Persons with disabilities will find access to a wide range of recreational facilities, including accessible picnic shelters, swim beaches, campsites, and courtesy docks. Most parking lots have special spaces available, and the restrooms are accessible as well. Accessible camping is available at Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, and Crosswinds campgrounds. Accessible group camping is available at both Vista Point and Parker's Creek group camps. The beaches at Ebenezer and Seaforth are accessible, and all the campground beaches are accessible as well. Park staff will guide you to facilities best suited to your needs.

Bald Eagle Watching

On your next visit to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, see if you can spot our national symbol, the bald eagle, soaring over the waters of Jordan Lake. As Jordan Lake supports the largest concentration of bald eagles in the eastern United States, these majestic birds can often be spotted soaring over the lake in search of fish and other prey.

Though bald eagles are active throughout the daylight hours, the chances of observing an eagle are best during the early morning hours or late in the day. The best time of year for observing eagles around Jordan Lake is during the spring migration northward, generally April, May and June. Areas that offer a wide view of the lake are your best choices. These would include Vista Point, Ebenezer and Seaforth recreation areas.

Boating

Each recreation area has boat-launching ramps providing easy entry to the water. Boat ramps and courtesy docks located at Ebenezer Church and Robeson Creek recreation areas are open 24 hours per day.

All other boat ramps are open during park hours, and visitors must exit the park before the park's closing time. Boating facilities open during park hours include six boat ramps at New Hope Overlook. Seaforth offers six both ramps and Vista Point offers four boat ramps. Boat ramps at day-use areas are open to the public. Crosswinds and Poplar Point campgrounds offer boat ramps and courtesy docks for campers only. Parker's Creek has a small boat ramp for campers only. The Parker's Creek boat ramp has very limited parking and does not have courtesy docks.

Be cautious of underwater hazards such as stumps, logs and rocks. The Uniform Waterway Marker System has been installed for your safety and convenience. Obey all buoys and markers.

Test your sailing skills on Jordan Lake. The most popular area for sailing is Vista Point while windsurfers enjoy Ebenezer Church. Wind speed information can be obtained by dialing 919-387-5969.

The nearby, privately-owned Crosswinds Boating Center rents kayaks and pontoon boats. For more information about the marina and its services, call 919-387-7011.

Check lake levels at the US Army Corps of Engineers website.

Fishing

Fishing is a popular sport on the lake. Underwater stumps, logs and rocks help create the perfect environment for bass, crappie, catfish and pan fish. A state fishing license is required, and rules of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission must be obeyed.

Heritage Day

Every fall on the first Saturday of October, Jordan Lake holds a festival to celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources of the region. It gives participants an opportunity to experience hands-on activities, demonstrations and view exhibits from the past to the present. 

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Contact:
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov

280 State Park Road
Apex, NC 27523

919-362-0586
jordan.lake@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.735554, -79.016569

 

*HOURS FOR DAY-USE AREAS:
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April and September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
*HOURS FOR CAMPGROUND GATES:
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • March, April and October:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 10:00pm

Closed Christmas Day

*PLEASE NOTE: Jordan Lake's day-use area gates and campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

PARK OFFICE HOURS:
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 4:30pm – weekdays only
     
  • March to October:
    8:00am to 4:30pm – daily

Closed on November 22 and 23, December 24 to 26 and New Year's Day