Jordan Lake is located west of Raleigh, NC, a few miles west of the intersection
of Route 64 and 751.
The lake is divided in half by highway 64. The bridge has a clearance
of some 18-20 feet, so anything with a tall mast will either have to lower
to go under, or stay confined to one end of the lake.
The north end of the lake is shallower than the south, and has several
large groups of submerged trees. It also has the only marina on the lake
- Crosswinds Marina is open xxxxx to xxxxx. It has 2 launch ramps, but
the docks are on the other end of the marina. Gas pumps are located
on the docks near the marina office.
The south end of the lake has deeper water (some spots over 40 feet)
and 3 launch ramps with docks.
- Seaforth is the northernmost launch (nearest to the highway) on the
south side of the lake. Seaforth has multiple ramps with attached docks.
The launches here tend to be shallow at times, enough to prevent launching
if the lake is below normal levels. Check the lake's water level with
the park office to be sure. The open parking lot and well-sheltered
docks make for an excellent launch and retrieval area. You can park
here overnight if you notify the park rangers that you will be doing
so. Park Hours: November-February 8am-6pm; March and October 8am-7pm;
April and September 8am-8pm; May -August 8am-9pm
- Vista Point is on the southeast end of the lake, and is attached
to a campground. Vista Point has multiple ramps with attached docks,
a beach for launching dinghies and catamarans, and a mooring buoy 1/4
mile from the docks. This ramp is the preferred ramp for area sailboaters
due to its low powerboat traffic. Park Hours: November-February 8am-6pm;
March and October 8am-7pm; April and September 8am-8pm; May -August
- Ebenezer is on the southwest side of the lake. It is open 24 hours.
Ebenezer has 2 ramps, one with an attached dock. The ramps are tall
and deep, and one can typically float their boat right off the trailer
without the need to push it. The walkways to the docks, however, have
fenced sides so you have to run up to the top and then back down to
grab your boat (makes singlehanding difficult but if you have a friend
to hold the ropes it is just fine). Tight parking lots saturated with
fishing powerboaters can make maneuvering your trailer a little bit
difficult here. Powerboaters violating the 'no wake' signs are also
sure to make launching and retrieval difficult. It would be wise to
avoid this ramp at all costs during the warm season, as the powerboats
swarming this area are sure to test any sailor's patience and vocabulary.
Use Vista Point instead.
- Poplar Point campground is a good place to go if you want to stay
away from the stinkpots but still have 24-hour access to the boat ramps.
All you need to do is pay for a campsite. Some sites are right on the
water; if you are lucky enough to get one of these, you can anchor your
boat right next to your site.
Near the docks at Ebenezer:
N 35° 42.004'
W 79° 01.220'
Near the docks at Seaforth:
N 35° 44.190'
W 79° 02.016'
Vista Point Mooring Buoy:
N 35° 42.404'
W 79° 02.712'
- Jordan Lake Park Office: (919) 362-0586
- Jordan Lake Wind Talker: (919) 387-5969