Lake Jordon

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 10,000 years. Archaeologists have explored the remains of 450 prehistoric and historic sites in the area and have uncovered many Native American artifacts. The land was settled by Scottish Highlanders in the 1740s, and it 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 U.S. 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. They also provide the water supply for surrounding cities, flood and water quality control, and fish and wildlife conservation.

Every fall, Jordan Lake holds a festival to celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources of the region. It gives participants an opportunity to see and experience activities related to agricultural, communal, industrial and Native American history.

Ecological information
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is one of the largest summertime homes of the bald eagle, the symbol of the United States for more than 200 years. 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 bald eagle; there's plenty of fish to eat and a mature forest for roosting. Although protection efforts have increased the numbers of this mighty bird, it still remains a rare species. Interpretive programs about the bald eagle are conducted throughout the year at Jordan Lake, usually during warm-weather months. Join one of our programs or bird watch on your own.

The eagles congregate at the north end of the lake and can be seen best from either the NC 751 bridge crossing Northeast Creek or the Wildlife Resources Commission's Wildlife Observation Deck. The observation deck is located five miles south of I-40 on NC 751, 6.5 miles north of US 64.

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 NC Wildlife Resources Commission must be obeyed.

Sandy beaches are offered at Ebenezer Church, Seaforth and Parkers Creek. Swimming is permitted in designated areas only. The Parkers Creek beach is located on the lake's subimpoundment; boats launched on the main lake do not have access. Crosswinds Campground, Poplar Point and Vista Point offer sandy swim beaches for use by campers only. Closely supervise children at all times and outfit them with personal flotation devices when they are in or near water.

Crosswinds Campground offers a one-mile trail for campers only. The trail is easy and on fairly level ground. At Ebenezer Church, two trails that are each less than a mile long offer a better look into a reservoir environment. A .25-mile trail in Parkers Creek, another trail in Poplar Point and Seaforth's 1.4-mile trail also exhibit the lake environment. The longest trail in the recreation area is a three-mile loop at Vista Point.

Ebenezer Church, Parkers Creek, Seaforth and Vista Point offer picturesque spots for picnicking. Grills and trash containers are provided, and drinking water is located nearby. Each area has a picnic shelter. The shelters can be reserved for a fee. Otherwise, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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 and three docks at New Hope Overlook. Seaforth offers six boat ramps, and Vista Point offers four boat ramps. Crosswinds Campground offers two boat ramps for campers only, and Poplar Point offers four boat ramps for campers only.

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 Marina rents fishing and pontoon boats. For more information about the marina and its services, call (919) 362-5391.

Pitch your tent or park your recreational vehicle at one of more than 1,000 family campsites.

Crosswinds Campground offers campsites for both recreational vehicles and tents; 129 sites have water and electric hookups at the site. All sites include picnic tables, grills and trash containers. Showers, restrooms and a dump station are centrally located.

Parkers Creek offers 250 sites for RV and tent camping. Of the sites, 150 have water and electric hookups. Each site contains a picnic table, grill and lantern holder. Showers, trash containers and restrooms are located nearby.

Poplar Point offers 580 sites for spending an evening under the stars, and 361 sites have electric hookups. The sites include picnic tables, grills and trash containers. Showers and restrooms are located nearby.

Sites for recreational vehicle use only are located at Vista Point, and New Hope Overlook offers primitive hike-in campsites.

Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Reservations can be made for a stay of seven days or longer at least two weeks in advance. The maximum stay in any campsite is two weeks.

Accessible activities
Persons with disabilities will find access to a wide range of recreational facilities, including accessible picnic shelters, trails, swim beaches and campsites. Most parking lots have special spaces available, and the restrooms are accessible as well. Accessible camping and swimming are available at Parkers Creek and Poplar Point. Vista Point offers one accessible campsite, as well. Park staff will guide you to facilities best suited to your needs.

Bald eagle watching
See if you can spot our nation's bird from either the NC 751 bridge crossing Northeast Creek or the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Wildlife Observation Deck. The observation deck is located five miles south of I-40 on NC 751, 6.5 miles north of US 64. Click on one of the options below to listen to the call of a bald eagle.

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