It’s Memorial Day weekend this weekend; the official start of summer. Are you looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors near Raleigh? If so, try Jordan Lake. Jordan Lake's 46,768 acres are not only a popular source of recreation. They also provide the water supply for surrounding cities, and fish and wildlife conservation.
Imagine fishing in a cove, or just relaxing and listening to the sounds of the water rippling by. Picture the surface of the lake glistening, water spraying your face. Take a boat if you have one. You’ll hear the laughter of children, smell burgers roasting over a charcoal fire, and feel a cooling breeze blowing through.
Jordan Lake is part of the New Hope River Valley, now home to the corporate world of Research Triangle Park. This 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.
With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is yours to discover at Jordan Lake. The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation operates nine recreation areas on the lake — Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all. All of this is conveniently located in Chatham County, 21 miles southwest of Raleigh off US 64. Enjoy!