I too love letting my pack have a dip. I have found that Jordan Lake leaves my dogs smelly and scratching. Then we found a lake called Harris Lake. It is 15 minutes from Cary. They have many trails that nearly all lead to the lake. I suggest ,however not to go during hunting season...which does not last long October through January 1.. I have also found my dogs do not have the same issue with their skin like Jordan...except for an occasional dead fish that one may roll in, .Usually, once you park your car at the entrance to one of the paths (they have bars across them to help to keep all terrain vehicles off them}, people will move on to find another spot. The trails are as long as 2 miles to the lake and as short as 5 minutes. Do bring tick spray! We do have snakes.. My dogs have been swimming here since 1999 and only one snake bite so far.,,I can't say that for the ticks.