A good summer is best spent out on the water with an iced cold drink in hand. While we may live a few hours from the beach, there are plenty of nearby lakes that are perfect for cooling off on a hot summer’s day. Here are three lakes that can help you de-stress from the work week throughout the season.
Lake Johnson Park
One of the more popular lakes in the Triangle area, Lake Johnson Park, has everything you need for a fun-filled day. If you have your own non-gas-powered boat, the lake features launch areas that can be used for a small fee. Otherwise, visitors can rent their own boats, including kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. The lake offers free rod and reel rentals, and though fishing off the banks of the lake is prohibited, you can fish from your boat or from the boardwalk.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
Featuring a 14,000-acre reservoir lake, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is great for a weekend getaway. Its shoreline plays host to more than 1,000 campsites—including hookup spots for RVs as well as group campsites and locations for the more rugged, adventurous tent-camping approach. In addition to boat access areas for on-the-water fun, there are also more than 14 miles of hiking trails where it is not uncommon to spot osprey and bald eagles.
Shelley Lake Park
Shelley Lake Park has some amenities that you may miss at other lakes. In addition to scenic trails, the lake also features a basketball court, an open field for everything from picnics to ultimate frisbee games, and playgrounds for kids ages two through 12.Visitors to the lake can take a break from the water to explore the on-location Sertoma Arts Center, which has gallery exhibits as well as classes and workshops in painting, photography, performative arts, and more.
Weaver’s Pond is nestled right in the heart of North Carolina, and there is always plenty to do. For more ideas on how to entertain yourself and your family this summer, check out our list of local attractions.