lakesreopenMarch-24-2012

On Saturday, March 24th, University Lake and the Cane Creek Reservoir will reopen for boating, fishing, picnicking, sunbathing and other recreation.

OWASA has designated March 24th 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.  All boat rental, boat launching and lake use fees except those for electric trolling motor rentals will be waived on Lightning Brown Day. 

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 at University Lake will be 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Fridays through Sundays. The normal hours at the Cane Creek Reservoir will be from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays.

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 Road, 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.

Fishing

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.

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.

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

Fees

 For OWASA customers and Orange County residents 

Boat rental

Lake use fee, ages 12-64 

Lake use --children under 12, 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

$3.50 plus lake use fee

$15/half day

 

Non-Orange County residents 

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 plus lake use fee

$22/half day

Holidays

Both lakes will be closed as in past years for the Good Friday holiday on April 6th. Both lakes will be open for the Memorial Day, July the Fourth and Labor Day holidays.

Last day of the 2012 lake recreation season: Sunday, November 11th.

For more information

Eric Barnhardt, Lakes Warden, 919-942-5790 or ccreek@owasa.org

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