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Old 05-19-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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I was a little shocked by the tips in this article.

newsobserver.com | Heading to the lake? Plan ahead (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1077933.html - broken link)

I figured these two lakes would be hot destinations on Memorial Day weekend, but do they really turn people away like the article mentions? I thought most people went to the beach!

"Bring all food, drinks and recreational equipment into the park with you. If you leave the park to purchase lunch, you may not get back into the park when you return."


I do enjoy these two lakes, but I don't plan to got to either of these places this weekend. When it comes to big holidays like Memorial Day I like the idea of grilling out in my yard and enjoying a cold beer without dealing with the crowds!

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Old 05-19-2008, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Yes, I grew up near Falls Lake and they always have a few weekends where it gets so backed up that they turn people away as there just is no space in the parking lot. Given the great weather expected this weekend and the price of gas, I think the N&O is giving pretty rational advice!
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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My experience at Jordan is the same. Some of the lots, especially the ones that have "beaches", will fill up quickly (the ones off 64 will fill extremely fast and create traffic issues). Ramps are slammed. Spaces for trailers will fill quickly.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Yes they do...especially for people that may be strapped for cash and cannot foot the bill to drive all the way to the beach and get a hotel. I'm sure you'll have a blast though!
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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Yes, it is true.
I couldn't believe last year when we got to Jordan Lake (after the 2.5 hr drive from Wilmington with 2 toddlers) and all the camprounds were FULL! So were Falls Lake's campgrounds as well.
Jordan Lake has 1050 campsites! I would have never thought they could actually book all of it! (we had been there the previous year too and it wasn't full)
And although some might think it's crazy to try to camp there on a holiday weekend, we trully enjoy the area and we keep returning year after year.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:47 AM
 
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I also urge people to be extremely cautious driving in the late afternoons this weekend and Monday around these lakes. There are a lot of people who overindulge in the beverage department while boating and fishing on this holiday in my experience.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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Plan to arrive early and carpool if possible.
Can anyone tell how early we should arrive to find a parking spot? We just bought a boat and anxious to try it... I completely forgot how busy Jordan Lake gets on Memorial weekend...
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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We tried to go to Jordan Lake on our first Memorial Day in NC a few years ago. We were turned away. Couldn't believe the crowds! We'll just stay in our backyard this year...
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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Plan to arrive early and carpool if possible.
Can anyone tell how early we should arrive to find a parking spot? We just bought a boat and anxious to try it... I completely forgot how busy Jordan Lake gets on Memorial weekend...
I would shoot for before 10am at the very latest. Earlier is even better.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It is really so crowded on the lakes on Memorial Day weekend that I just don't enjoy it at all. We're stying home and cooking out on the deck with friends and family!
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