University Lake and the Cane Creek Reservoir reopen for the 2014 recreation season

On Saturday, March 22nd, University Lake and the Cane Creek Reservoir will reopen for boating, fishing, picnicking and other recreation.

OWASA has designated March 22nd as Lightning Brown Day in honor of the late Mr. Brown, a community activist and member of the OWASA Board of Directors in the mid-1990s. Boat rental, launching and lake fees except those for electric trolling motor rentals will be waived on Lightning Brown Day. 

For the 2014 lake season through early November, OWASA’s recreation schedule is revised as follows:

 

University Lake

Cane Creek Reservoir

Saturday, March 22 – March 31

Saturday - Sunday

Friday and Saturday

April - August

Friday* - Sunday

September - November 9

Saturday - Sunday

* The lakes will be closed on Good Friday (April 18 in 2014). The lakes will be open for the Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day holidays.

Recreation hours are normally 6:30 AM to 6 PM. The lakes do not open until sunrise and they close at sunset. Due to the transition to daylight savings time, there is not enough light to safely allow boating in the early spring before about 7 AM (EDT). However, during most of OWASA’s lake season, the recreation hours will be 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM on days when the lakes are open.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Location of OWASA’s lakes

University Lake is on the west side of Carrboro near Jones Ferry Road. The recreation area is at the end of University Lake Drive, which can be reached via Old Fayetteville Road south of Jones Ferry Road.

The Cane Creek Reservoir is about 8 miles west of Carrboro on the north side of NC 54, just west of Stanford Road.

Safety

Lake patrons are encouraged to put safety first. OWASA’s lakes are alcohol-free.

Life jackets are generally available for adults and children, and OWASA does not charge for use of its life jackets. Some people may need to use their own life jackets due to unusual size or other special conditions. Lake users are required to use life jackets under safety rules.

Fees

 

For OWASA customers and Orange County residents

 

Canoe and flat-bottom boat rental

 

Lake use fee, ages 12-64 

 

Lake use --children under 12

 

Lake use -- seniors 65 and over

 

Private boat launching

 

Electric trolling motor rental

$4.50/half day plus lake use fee

 

$4.50/half day

 

$2/half day

 

Free

 

$3.50 per boat plus lake use fee

 

$15/half day

 

Non-Orange County residents

 

Canoe and flat-bottom boat rental

 

Lake use fee, ages 12-64 

 

Lake use --children under 12, seniors 65 and over

 

Private boat launching

 

Electric trolling motor rental

$8/half day plus lake use fee

 

$5.50/half day

 

$2.50/half day

 

$7 per boat plus lake use fee

 

$22/half day

Season passes are available for OWASA customers and Orange County residents. Please click here for more information or go to www.owasa.org, go to What We Do and then Recreation.

Boating and fishing

OWASA offers canoes and flat-bottomed boats for rent.

Citizens may use small private boats if they are brought on a car or in a truck. (Trailers are not allowed.) The limits on private boats are intended to help prevent aquatic weeds, which cause problems for fish and in water treatment, from being introduced into the reservoirs.  For this reason, boats must be cleaned of mud and vegetation and inspected by OWASA.

To help protect water quality, OWASA allows only electric motors, which are also inspected.

University Lake and the Cane Creek Reservoir are stocked with bass, crappie, catfish and a variety of sunfish. A State fishing license is necessary except on July 4th.

Citizens with disabilities will receive assistance from OWASA staff as needed to enjoy boating and using the lake recreation area. University Lake has a fishing pier for people with disabilities.

Last day of the 2014 lake recreation season: Sunday, November 9th.

For more information:

Johnny Riley, Senior Lake Warden, 919-942-5790 or ccreek@owasa.org

Bob Glosson, Lake Warden, 919-942-8007 or ulake@owasa.org