Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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Family Camping Area
The family camping area contains 108 six-person campsites with easy access to Cane Creek Lake. All campsites have a fireplace/grill combo and picnic table. All sites also have water, electricity and a limited number have sewer hookups. Nearby, campers have access to bathroom and shower facilities and a small store that is stocked with basic necessities.
Wilderness Camping Area
This area is restricted to tents only and offers no water or electricity. Campers must park in the designated parking area and walk in a short distance to a campsite. Wilderness campsites can accommodate a maximum of six people with two tents. A bathhouse is within walking distance. The park has nine wilderness sites and they are available by reservation or on a first-come first-serve basis.
Group Camping Areas
The park offers small group sites (20 people/four tent max) and large group sites (30 people/six tent max). Group sites do not have water or electricity on-site. A bathhouse is located within walking distance.
Our cabins can accommodate up to six people and come equipped with electricity, two sets of bunk beds, one double bed, a dorm-size refrigerator, a heating and cooling unit, an outdoor fire pit/grill and an outdoor picnic table with a bathhouse located within walking distance. Campers must provide their own linens. Smoking and cooking are prohibited inside the cabin. Pets are not allowed.
Annual Camp Sites
Annual sites are paved sites with water and sewer available. Separate electric meters allow the lessee to contact the local power company and have the account placed in his/her name. These sites are in high demand and may require interested parties to put their names on a waiting list.
Cane Creek Park’s Day Use Area offers many activities sure to please any outdoor enthusiast.
For a modest fee, visitors can enjoy the following activities year round: fishing, boating, hiking, picnic areas, canoe and rowboat rentals, ball fields, playgrounds, and mountain bike and horse trails. Fishing licenses can be purchased on-site.
* Call ahead to check trail conditions, Rangers may close trails during wet weather
During Cane Creek Park’s summer season (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend) activities such as swimming, pedal boats, and miniature golf will be open. Swimming will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00AM until 6:30PM. Weekday hours for beach access, pedal boats, and miniature golf only apply when Union County Public Schools recess for summer. These days and hours may vary throughout the season as lifeguard availability changes. Please call 704-843-3919 for days, hours of operation and activities available.
Shelters and picnic pads are available for rent for family reunions, birthday parties, corporate events, etc. See the fee schedule for options and pricing. If not reserved, these can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.
For larger events, the park offers a festival area, equipped with water and electricity, and not to mention great views of the lake. Contact David Paschal, Park Operations Manager, at 704-843-3919 for more information.
Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Rd.
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Cane Creek Park is a family-oriented, water-based recreation space that encompasses 1,050 acres of land surrounding a 350-acre lake. The park provides a natural and scenic environment for a variety of outdoor activities and peaceful relaxation year-round. The lake is home to some of the best largemouth bass fishing in the state as well as bluegill, crappie and catfish.
Office hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Park hours vary throughout the year. Please view the 2017 Hours of Operation.