The sun reflected off the surface of the lake like thousands
of shimmering diamonds. We sat quietly in the canoe. Even though
the temperature was well into the 90's and the sun shone down on
us mercilessly, there was a nice breeze and a tranquil moment in
an otherwise harried day. I watched the magical jewels of light
dance upon the lake, hypnotized by them. It was truly a magic moment.|
University Lake is right in Carrboro, off of Jones Ferry Rd. Go
past Willow Creek Shopping Center, where the Food Lion is, and
turn left at the next light, onto S. Old Fayetteville Rd. The Lake
is at the end of the road to the right.
This wonderful Lake was built in 1932 by UNC Chapel Hill.
University Lake holds 450 million gallons of water! It's tributaries
include Morgan Creek, Phils Creek, Neville Creek, Price Creek and
Pritchards Mill Creek. In an addition that was completed in 1993 recreation areas were added. The lake has a 213 acre surface area, and is ideal for canoes and rowboats, which you can rent at the lake. There are picnic and sunbathing areas.
The lake is also Carrboro and Chapel Hill's drinking water source and a
great spot to fish. It's full of largemouth bass, catfish, crappie,
warmouth and bluegill. A haven for many animals in our ever developing community, folks have been
known to spot deer, racoons, opossums, grey and red foxes, bobcats and many other forms
of wildlife around the lake. On this hot day, all we observed was a little turtle,
sunning himself on a piece of floating wood.
University Lake is a wonderful local resources. Take some time to enjoy the water.
Maybe you'll have your own magic moment.
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