Jordan Lake State Park

Quick Facts

Jordan Lake State Park

North Carolina

(919) 362-0586

Map Directions

Things To Do


Imagine relaxing in a cove, listening to the sounds of water rippling. Then, you feel a firm tug on your fishing line. It's going to be a big one! Picture the surface of the lake glistening, water spraying your face, the boat motor ahead roaring. Suddenly, your skis give way a splash landing! Hear the laughter of children, smell burgers roasting over a charcoal fire, feel a breeze blowing through the campground. With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is yours to discover at Jordan Lake. The NC 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. 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 protected species. Interpretive programs about the bald eagle are conducted throughout the year at Jordan Lake. Join one of the programs or bird watch on your own. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all.

Map of Jordan Lake (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.818857, -78.965092



  • Boating

    Each recreation area has boat-launching ramps providing easy entry to the water. Motorized and non-motorized boats, including sailboats, are permitted.

  • Camping

    Pitch your tent or park your recreational vehicle at one of more than 1,000 family campsites. For those who prefer a more primitive campsite, New Hope Overlook offers 24 campsites nestled in the woods. Group tent and RV sites are also available.

  • 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.

  • Hiking

    There are numerous hiking trails at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. All are easy walking and suitable for all trekkers of all ages, although the New Hope Trail is more strenuous than others. Pets must be leashed at all times and bicycles are not permitted on any trails at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

  • Historic Sites

    Gain a better understanding of the natural and cultural history of the waters and lands associated with B. Everett Jordan Lake by visiting the park's exhibit hall located in the Visitors Center. A series of interactive exhibits, images, and artifacts guide the visitor through the natural history of the Haw and New Hope Rivers and the surrounding forests and fields. Every year, on the first Saturday in October, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area holds a fall festival that celebrates the unique cultural and natural resources of this particular region.

  • Picnicking

    Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Seaforth, Vista Point and White Oak Recreation Areas offer picturesque spots for picnicking. Picnic tables, grills and trash containers are provided, and drinking water is located nearby. Picnic shelters are available in each of these areas and can be reserved for a fee.

  • RVing

    Park your recreational vehicle at one of more than 1,000 family campsites. Many sites have water and electric hookups. Showers, restrooms, trash containers and a dump station are conveniently located.

  • Water Sports

    Sandy beaches are offered to day visitors at Ebenezer Church, Seaforth, Parker's Creek and White Oak Recreation Areas. Crosswinds Campground, Poplar Point and Vista Point offer sandy swim beaches for use by campers only.

  • Wildlife Watching

    On your next visit to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, see if you can spot the United States 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.



Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is located in Chatham County, 21 miles southwest of Raleigh off US 64, and can be reached via NC 751 or US 15-501 from Durham and Chapel Hill.

Phone Numbers


(919) 362-0586

Campground reservations

(877) 722-6762