Fishing tournaments are held throughout the year and attract hundreds of fishermen to the bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill waters. The area hosts 24 boat ramps and a marina.
Swimming is available at 3 of the recreation areas while sailing and windsurfing are popular at 2 of the sites.
Camping, picnicking and hiking are also natural attractions.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area holds the honor of being one of the largest summertime homes of the American bald eagle. The population of eagles in the Jordan Lake area has increased dramatically since the flooding of the reservoir in 1983. Vast undisturbed areas provide the perfect home for the eagle. There is plenty of fish to eat and a mature forest for roosting. The eagles generally congregate at the north end of the lake and can be seen best from the SR 751 bridge crossing Northeast Creek or the Wildlife Resources Commission's Wildlife Observation Deck. The observation deck is located 5 miles south of I-40 on SR 751 or 6.5 miles north of US 64.