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Overview of Jordan Lake State Rec Area

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a North Carolina state park spanning over 14,000 acres and situated in Chatham County, not far from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The park surrounds the 13,940-acre Jordan Lake and is a popular destination for camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking.

Camping Information

Types of Camping Available:

  • Family Camping: Individual campsites for tent or trailer camping are available, with amenities like picnic tables, grills, and nearby restrooms.
  • Group Camping: Large campsites that can accommodate more campers are perfect for groups.
  • Primitive Camping: For those looking for a more back-to-nature experience, there are areas designated for primitive camping without the usual amenities.


  • Reservations for campsites can be made online or via phone and are highly recommended, especially during peak season or on weekends.

Facilities and Amenities:

  • The park is equipped with restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and grills. Some sites may have electric and water hookups, depending on the type of campsite you choose.


  • Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Recreational Activities

Boating and Water Sports:

  • Jordan Lake is known for its boating opportunities. There are boat ramps available for those with their own boats, and the lake is also suitable for kayaking, paddleboarding, and other water sports.


  • Anglers can enjoy fishing from the shoreline or a boat. Jordan Lake is home to various species, such as crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass. A North Carolina fishing license is required.

Hiking and Wildlife Observation:

  • The park features several hiking trails. These trails offer a chance to observe the local wildlife, including bald eagles, which nest around the lake.

Beach Swimming:

  • Several public beaches provide a designated swimming area during the warmer months.


  • There are ample picnic grounds available throughout the park, some of which include shelters that can be reserved for group events.

Regulations and Safety

Alcohol and Fire Policy:

  • Alcohol consumption is prohibited in certain areas, so check the local regulations. Campfires are allowed only in designated fire rings or grills.

Weather and Safety Tips:

  • Be mindful of local weather conditions, especially during the hurricane season and the summer when thunderstorms are common.
  • Always wear life jackets when on the water and be aware of boating safety regulations.

Leave No Trace:

  • Visitors are expected to follow "Leave No Trace" principles to minimize their impact on the natural environment.

Park Hours and Contact:

  • The park has specific opening and closing times, which can vary throughout the year. It's best to check the park's official website or contact the park office for the most current information.

Before heading to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, it is recommended to check the latest updates regarding closures, restrictions, or other notices that might affect your visit. Always plan and prepare adequately to ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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