Jordan Lake Game Lands
Roam the Research Triangle’s Primitive Park
You won’t find soaring mountains at North Carolina’s Jordan Lake Game Lands, nor trout-filled rivers, nor towering canyons. But this 62-square-mile tract of big water and rolling hills, a half-hour from the Research Triangle, is no less a treasure.
Bass thrive in the 14,000-acre lake, and you’ll find not a single house or hotel along the 180 miles of shoreline or near the 1,100 campsites. For me, Jordan Lake is where I learned how to navigate by dead reckoning, back in a boat trailer, follow a bird dog, shoot a duck; one morning years ago, I carried a canoe to a cove and taught myself how to double-haul a fly line. But, more important, Jordan Lake is where I began to feel ownership of public land, where I realized that these wild places, though managed by the government, don’t belong to bureaucrats but to you and me. Now, when I see a Forest Service sign or a state boundary marker, I think, “That’s my land.” —T. Edward Nickens
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