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B. Everett Jordan Lake

 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake is a major recreation area about 10 miles east of Pittsboro.

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.

The history of the lake dates to 1945 when a disastrous hurricane struck the Cape Fear River, prompting Congress to direct 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.

· Car --- $5.00/day
· Senior Citizen (62 or older) --- $3/day
· Bus or Van --- $10/day
· Annual Pass (valid anytime within the calendar year) --- $40

Fees are charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day; charged on weekends and holidays in April, May and September. Pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the usual $5/day admission fee.
Entrance fees are charged to supplement operational costs and help maintain and improve the areas for visitors.

Camping


New Hope Overlook

· Facility: Primitive / hike-in campsites. Each site has a picnic table, grill and lantern holder.
· Location: New Hope Overlook.
· Accommodates: 24 sites, maximum six people per site
· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and toilets.
· Available: year-round.

· Reservations Required: Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Campsites may also be reserved. Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival date and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or mailed to the park office with full payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing and received two weeks or more in advance of the reservation date. A processing fee of $10 will be charged and deducted from the refund.

· Accessible: No


Parker's Creek & Vista Point

· Facility: Group tent campsites. Each site has picnic tables, grills and a fire ring
· Accommodates: 30 people per site; six sites at Parker's Creek and five sites at Vista Point
· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and showers.
· Available: year-round.
· Reservations Required: Yes
· Accessible: Yes


Crosswinds, Parker's Creek and Poplar Point

· Facility: Individual non-electric campsites. Campsites include picnic tables, grills and lantern holders.

· Accommodates: 394 campsites, maximum of six people per site
· Nearby Amenities: Water, restrooms and shower facilities
· Available: Year-round.

· Reservations Required: Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Campsites may also be reserved. Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival date and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or mailed to the park office with full payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing and received two weeks or more in advance of the reservation date. A processing fee of $10 will be charged and deducted from the refund.

· Accessible: Accessible sites are available near each shower house.


Crosswinds Campground, Parker's Creek & Poplar Point

· Facility: Campsites with electric and water hook-ups. A picnic table, grill and lantern holder are available at each campsite.

· Location: Crosswinds Campground, Parker's Creek and Poplar Point.
· Accommodates: 617 campsites, maximum of six people per site
· Nearby Amenities: Water, restrooms, shower facilities and RV dump station.
· Available: Year-round. Water at individual campsites has been turned off for the winter.
· Reservations Required: Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Campsites may also be reserved. Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival date and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or mailed to the park office with full payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing and received two weeks or more in advance of the reservation date. A processing fee of $10 will be charged and deducted from the refund.

· Accessible: Accessible sites are available near each shower house.


Vista Point

· Facility: Group RV campsites. All sites contain water and electric hookups.

·Accommodates: 50 sites, maximum of six people per site.
· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water, picnic shelter, showers and a dump station.
· Available: Year-round. Water at individual campsites is turned off for the winter.
· Reservations Required: Yes.
· Accessible: YesPrimitive / Backpack Camping

· Unimproved campsites with/without pit privies (composting or vault toilets, etc.) --- $9/dayPrimitive (/Backpack) Canoe-in Camping

· Unimproved campsites with pit privies (composting or vault toilets, etc.) --- $9/dayDrive-to / Walk-in Camping (no electrical / water hookups):

(Water, restrooms and shower facilities.)

· Picnic table and grill on campsite --- $15/day

· Senior citizen (62 or older) --- $10/dayDrive-to / Walk-in Camping with electrical / water hook-ups

· Water, restrooms and shower facilities; Picnic table and grill on campsite --- $20/day

· Senior citizen (62 or older) --- $14/dayDump Station for RVs

· for non-campers --- $15 (Note: some parks do not allow non-campers to use dump station facilities. Please check with your park of interest if you are unsure.)

· for campers --- free of chargeImproved Group Camping

· Water, restrooms and shower facilities available.

· Maximum of 30 --- $40/dayFirewood for Camping

· Bundle --- $4

Shelters
Ebenezer (2 shelters: #1 and 2) Parker's Creek (1 shelter: #5)

· Facility: 3 four-table picnic Shelters with electricity and charcoal grills.

· Accommodates: Up to 30 people, each.

· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and restrooms.

· Available: Year-round

· Reservations Required: See note below.

· Accessible: Yes

Parker's Creek (2 shelters: #4 and 6). Vista Point (2 shelters: #7 and 10). Vista Point does not have a swimming area for picnickers.

· Facility: 4 eight-table picnic Shelters with electricity, fireplace and charcoal grills.

· Accommodates: Up to 60 people, each.

· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and restrooms.

· Available: Year-round

· Reservations Required: See note below.

· Accessible: Yes

Ebenezer (1 shelter: #8). Seaforth (1 shelter: #9).

· Facility: 2 twelve-table picnic shelters with electricity, fireplace, charcoal grills and restrooms.

· Accommodates: Up to 100 people, each.

· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and restrooms.

· Available: Year-round

· Reservations Required: See note below.

· Accessible: Yes

White Oak Recreation Area (includes exclusive use of: a sixty-table shelter, swimming area, boat ramp, volleyball court, catering pad and horseshoe pits)

· Accommodates: Approximately 500 people.

· Nearby Amenities: Drinking water, outdoor shower and restrooms.

· Available: Year-round

· Reservations Required: See note below.

· Fee including Entrance Fees: $1,250.00/day

· Accessible: Yes

Available by reservation. Available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, if not reserved.)

· 3 - 4 Tables --- $40/day

· 5 - 8 Tables --- $60/day

· 9 - 12 Tables --- $85/day

Parking: Parking outside campground gates is prohibited. Gates close and lock at 9 p.m. Please plan accordingly. Towing is enforced.Entrance

  • Car --- $5.00/day
  • Senior Citizen (62 or older) --- $3/day
  • Bus or Van --- $10/day
  • Annual Pass (valid anytime within the calendar year) --- $40
Charged daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day; charged on weekends and holidays in April, May and September. Pass holders are entitled to an unlimited number of visits without paying the usual $5/day admission fee.

Entrance fees are charged to supplement operational costs and help maintain and improve the areas for visitors.Camping

Facility Description(s)

  • Facility: Primitive / hike-in campsites. Each site has a picnic table, grill and lantern holder.
  • Location: New Hope Overlook.
  • Accommodates: 24 sites, maximum six people per site
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and toilets.
  • Available: year-round.
  • Reservations Required: Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Campsites may also be reserved. Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival date and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or mailed to the park office with full payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing and received two weeks or more in advance of the reservation date. A processing fee of $10 will be charged and deducted from the refund.
  • Accessible: No

 

  • Facility: Group tent campsites. Each site has picnic tables, grills and a fire ring.
  • Location: Parker's Creek and Vista Point.
  • Accommodates: 30 people per site; six sites at Parker's Creek and five sites at Vista Point
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and showers.
  • Available: year-round.
  • Reservations Required: Yes
  • Accessible: Yes

 

  • Facility: Non-electric campsites. Campsites include picnic tables, grills and lantern holders.
  • Location: Crosswinds, Parker's Creek and Poplar Point.
  • Accommodates: 394 campsites, maximum of six people per site
  • Nearby Amenities: Water, restrooms and shower facilities
  • Available: Year-round.
  • Reservations Required: Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Campsites may also be reserved. Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival date and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or mailed to the park office with full payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing and received two weeks or more in advance of the reservation date. A processing fee of $10 will be charged and deducted from the refund.
  • Accessible: Accessible sites are available near each shower house.

 

  • Facility: Campsites with electric and water hook-ups. A picnic table, grill and lantern holder are available at each campsite.
  • Location: Crosswinds Campground, Parker's Creek and Poplar Point.
  • Accommodates: 617 campsites, maximum of six people per site
  • Nearby Amenities: Water, restrooms, shower facilities and RV dump station.
  • Available: Year-round. Water at individual campsites has been turned off for the winter.
  • Reservations Required: Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Campsites may also be reserved. Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance of arrival date and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or mailed to the park office with full payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing and received two weeks or more in advance of the reservation date. A processing fee of $10 will be charged and deducted from the refund.
  • Accessible: Accessible sites are available near each shower house.

 

  • Facility: Group RV campsites. All sites contain water and electric hookups.
  • Location: Vista Point.
  • Accommodates: 50 sites, maximum of six people per site.
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water, picnic shelter, showers and a dump station.
  • Available: Year-round. Water at individual campsites has been turned off for the winter.
  • Reservations Required: Yes.
  • Accessible: Yes
Primitive / Backpack Camping
  • Unimproved campsites with/without pit privies (composting or vault toilets, etc.) --- $9/day
Primitive (/Backpack) Canoe-in Camping
  • Unimproved campsites with pit privies (composting or vault toilets, etc.) --- $9/day
Drive-to / Walk-in Camping (no electrical / water hookups):

(Water, restrooms and shower facilities.)

  • Picnic table and grill on campsite --- $15/day
  • Senior citizen (62 or older) --- $10/day
Drive-to / Walk-in Camping with electrical / water hook-ups
  • Water, restrooms and shower facilities; Picnic table and grill on campsite --- $20/day
  • Senior citizen (62 or older) --- $14/day
Dump Station for RVs
  • for non-campers --- $15 (Note: some parks do not allow non-campers to use dump station facilities. Please check with your park of interest if you are unsure.)
  • for campers --- free of charge
Improved Group Camping
  • Water, restrooms and shower facilities available.
  • Maximum of 30 --- $40/day
Firewood for Camping (Jordan Lake)
  • Bundle --- $4
Shelters

Facility Description(s)

  • Facility: 3 four-table picnic Shelters with electricity and charcoal grills.
  • Location: Ebenezer (2 shelters: #1 and 2). Parker's Creek (1 shelter: #5).
  • Accommodates: Up to 30 people, each.
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and restrooms.
  • Available: Year-round
  • Reservations Required: See note below.
  • Accessible: Yes

 

  • Facility: 4 eight-table picnic Shelters with electricity, fireplace and charcoal grills.
  • Location: Parker's Creek (2 shelters: #4 and 6). Vista Point (2 shelters: #7 and 10). Vista Point does not have a swimming area for picnickers.
  • Accommodates: Up to 60 people, each.
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and restrooms.
  • Available: Year-round
  • Reservations Required: See note below.
  • Accessible: Yes

 

  • Facility: 2 twelve-table picnic shelters with electricity, fireplace, charcoal grills and restrooms.
  • Location: Ebenezer (1 shelter: #8). Seaforth (1 shelter: #9).
  • Accommodates: Up to 100 people, each.
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water and restrooms.
  • Available: Year-round
  • Reservations Required: See note below.
  • Accessible: Yes

 

  • Facility: White Oak Recreation Area (includes exclusive use of: a sixty-table shelter, swimming area, boat ramp, volleyball court, catering pad and horseshoe pits)
  • Accommodates: Approximately 500 people.
  • Nearby Amenities: Drinking water, outdoor shower and restrooms.
  • Available: Year-round
  • Reservations Required: See note below.
  • Fee including Entrance Fees: $1,250.00/day
  • Accessible: Yes
(Available by reservation. Available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, if not reserved.)
  • 3 - 4 Tables --- $40/day
  • 5 - 8 Tables --- $60/day
  • 9 - 12 Tables --- $85/day
Forms of Payment: Cash, checks, travelers checks. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, and visitors shall not be or become intoxicated while within any state park or recreation area.Courtesy

As a courtesy to other campers, please observe the campground quiet hours. Quiet hours are typically from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am. The production or emission in any park or recreation area of noises, amplified speech, music or other sounds that annoy, disturb or frighten park visitors is prohibited at all times.

Some parks border or are scattered along many miles of rivers, waterways and other areas which may border privately owned land. When traveling waterways and using parklands in any of the parks, please respect the rights of private property owners and avoid trespassing on private land when parking vehicles, hiking, biking, canoeing, etc.Food and Beverages

Coolers are permitted on swim beaches. Glass containers are not allowed on any beach or swimming area.Guns and Fireworks

The possession or use of firearms, fireworks, cap pistols, air guns, bows and arrows, slingshots or lethal missiles of any kind are prohibited.Pets

Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.

Pets must not be left unattended. Campers must confine pets to enclosed vehicles or tents during the park's quiet hours.

Pets are not allowed in bathhouses, changing areas, rinsing stations, swimming areas, restrooms, visitor centers, rental boats or group campsites. Exceptions are service animals and authorized search and rescue dogs.

Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Pet owners may be asked to remove dangerous or noisy pets from the park.

All pets within the park must have a current rabies vaccination.Natural Resources

The removal, destruction or injury of any tree, flower, artifact, fern, shrub, rock or other plant or mineral in any park is prohibited unless with an approved collection permit for scientific or educational purposes.

North Carolina state parks are wildlife preserves. The hunting, trapping, pursuing, shooting, injuring, killing or molesting of any bird or animal is prohibited. Do not feed wild animals.

Metal detectors are prohibited except to locate personal property, and users must be accompanied by a park employee. Metal detectors are allowed on sand beaches at ocean parks except during June, July and August.

Loggerhead sea turtles are protected by law. Anyone who harms the turtles, nests or hatchlings is subject to prosecution. Do not enter marked nesting sites on foot or by vehicle.

Bald eagles are protected by law. It is illegal to kill, harass or possess — dead or alive — any eagle or part of an eagle, including feathers and talons. Convictions related to such violations may result in fines as high as $ 20,000 and imprisonment for one year.

Nesting shorebirds are protected by law. Anyone who harms the birds, nests, or chicks is subject to a fine. Do not enter marked nesting areas on foot or by vehicle. Anyone who enters the sites, harms or harasses the birds is subject to a fine.Trash and Litter

Littering is illegal. To help maintain a clean and safe environment for park visitors and wildlife, place trash in proper containers. Wildlife may mistake plastic bags for food and may become entangled in discarded fishing line or other types of litter.

Burying trash is prohibited. Shifting winds and other types of weather may expose trash and endanger wildlife and the environment.

State law requires aluminum cans to be placed in recycling containers where available.Boating and Fishing

In parks where boating and fishing are allowed during park hours, such activities are regulated by all applicable North Carolina laws and regulations, including those regarding fishing licenses, boat registration and safety requirements.

Laws and regulations may be enforced by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation as well as other regulatory agencies including – but not necessarily limited to – the Wildlife Resources Commission, the Department of Transportation and/or the Division of Marine Fisheries. If unsure, call the specific park office before your visit to learn of boating and/or fishing opportunities.

Boats, rafts and canoes are prohibited within designated swimming areas.Business Activity

Conducting commercial business/activity in any park is prohibited except during special events governed by a Special Activity Permit.

Photography or video production for commercial purposes is prohibited except under a Film Permit.Camping and Fires

Camping is allowed in designated areas by permit only. In most cases, campers register with a ranger on site or at an on-site registration box.

Fires are permitted only in designated areas and must be tended at all times. Gathering firewood is generally prohibited, but may be allowed in some parks.

All vehicles left in the park after posted park hours must be registered.

Visitors must be 18 years or older to register as campers.Hiking

For your safety and protection, please stay on designated trails and hiking areas. Also, many rare plants live on thin soils and wet rocks, and are vulnerable to damage from climbing, trampling and scraping.Special Activities

State parks allow for many special recreational activities such as bicycling events, marathons, photo tours, kite-flying contests, club meetings, etc. However, all such events must be held under a Special Activity Permit. The fee is $30.Swimming and Surfing

Swimming and surfing, where allowed are only permitted in designated areas.

Public nudity, including public nude bathing is prohibited. Children under age five are exempt.Vehicles and Bicycles

North Carolina motor vehicle and traffic laws apply in all state parks. Unlicensed motor vehicles, including golf carts, unregistered motorcycles, snowmobiles, utility vehicles, mini-bikes and all-terrain vehicles, are prohibited.

Unlicensed drivers may not operate motor vehicles on park roads.

Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

All vehicles left in the park after posted park hours must be registered.

No carts, carriages or other horse-drawn apparatus are permitted on park trails.

In all parks, bicycles are permitted only on those trails or other park areas specifically designated for their use.

Bicycle riders under age 16 must wear a helmet.

Bicycle passengers who weigh less than 40 pounds or who are less than 40 inches tall must be seated in a separate restraining seat. All other bicycle riders must be seated on saddle seats. Persons unable to maintain an erect, seated position cannot be bicycle passengers.