Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex

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Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a North Carolina state park spanning Chatham County, and Wake County North Carolina in the United States. It comprises 4,558acre of woodlands along the shores of 13940acre Jordan Lake.
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 Park's 46768acre 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.
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  • The lake is huge and very popular for boaters. Fishing was not that great, but did love paddling along the shoreline, which is plentiful and remote.  more »
  • Great place to take the grandchildren without having to do a lot of planning in advance. They like to swim and fish. We are planning camping soon. Big area, not crowded.  more »
  • Really enjoyed this time with my family and everyone was so nice. I missed seeing clear water, but the kids couldn't care less.
  • Was a cool state park. Tried to fish but no luck. Beautiful day at the park!

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