RALEIGH -- An expanded 8.5-acre boating access and tournament event area will be dedicated May 4 at the Nutbush Bridge access of Kerr Lake State Recreation Area, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The public ceremony will be at 4 p.m. at the recreation site in Vance County.
The project at the site of a former camping area includes four new ramps, courtesy docks, a 600-square-foot restroom facility and parking areas for 165 vehicles, including 135 spaces for boat trailers and five fully-accessible spaces. Separate docking and event space is set aside for events such as fishing tournaments, which are popular at the 50,000-acre lake.
?Kerr Lake not only provides recreation but is an important venue for sporting events, both of which contribute significantly to the local economy,? said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. ?These new facilities at Nutbush Bridge will further define Kerr Lake as a sporting and recreation destination. And, it represents our commitment to this state recreation area that drew 1.2 million visitors last year.?
The project was supported by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the major funding source for state parks capital projects and land acquisition. Since its creation in 1994, the trust fund has provided a little more than $20 million for improvements at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. Boat access is available at each of the eight recreation sites, and more than 600 individual campsites are available through the park?s reservations system.
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