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I am looking for some ponds or small lakes to launch my 14ft jon boat in within 30 minutes of Raleigh. It is just a little too heavy to carry so somehere that has a boat launch or where I can pull up to the bank would be nice.

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Since Jordan and Sheron Harris have opened it has relieved a lot of pressure off of the Cape Fear on Hwy42. Straight down Hwy 1 towards Sandford and then across to 42 and the boat ramp on the river. Perfect boat for these waters.

Tight lines <*)))))>{
 

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Falls lake Beaver Dam area is non powerboats only. Good water for a Jon with a Troller and great fishing!!
 

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Beaver dam is in good shape. Much better than the main lake throughout the entire drought. Last time I was there it was at normal pool with a small but steady stream running over the spillway into the main lake.

Weaver Creek at Jordan Lake is similar to beaver dam - limited access trolling & paddle only. Has a good paved road that gets you right down to the water and good parking. Great water variety, structure & cover. No fees.

Horton's pond on 751 has been mentioned around here before. Not sure how close you can get with a truck & boat.

There used to be a wildlife/fishing club out in the Milburnie/Buffaloe road area. Appeared to have a good sized private lake. Not sure what's happened out there since 540 plowed through.

Pretty sure Lake Raleigh down in the Centennial area has a small launch. (Did I get the name right?). Seemed like surprisingly little parking.

Wheeler's an option too.

Lots of neighborhoods with ponds but usually either bad access or not permitted to non-residents. That's about all I know - not much for accessible ponds. Curious to hear what else comes up.
 
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