Volunteers build canoe launch at Jordan Lake

Carolina Canoe Club members restore old launch site.

Club members and Ranger Annas with new launch dock.

The Carolina Canoe Club and Ranger Michael Annas teamed recently for much-needed improvements to a canoe launch site at Robeson Creek in Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.

The launch site on the Haw River where it empties into Jordan Lake had sustained severe erosion damage and had become unsightly and unsafe. Annas and his volunteers repositioned the launch at a small stream that joins the river at that spot and installed a floating EZDock launch system.

Paddlers reach the floating dock via a gravel path, a small wooden platform and a ramp so that the stream’s shoreline remains undisturbed.

To begin the project, the volunteers spread new gravel and redirected the path to the stream. More than 30 tons of crush-and-run, riprap and boulders were used in the project to build the walking path, rebuild the stream bank and reinforce the ditches.

At the old launch site, boulders were placed in the Haw River at the bank’s edge to stabilize it. Finally, the team added topsoil and planted a variety of wetland trees and grass to restore the area.

More than 110 volunteer hours were contributed by club members, and Annas fulfilled an action partnership requirement for his environmental education certification.

A number of division and park staff members also assisted on the project, including Pete Mitchel, Bob Brueckner, Amin Davis, Emily Hill, Butch Butler, Tim Bash and Brock Martin.