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Emergency Management Training Exercise at Henderson Point on Friday, August 8th
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There will be a mock plane crash search and rescue training exercise held at Henderson Point during the day on Friday, August 8th. The majority of the exercise will take place on the water in the Henderson Point vicinity. The exercise will involve local, state and federal agencies and will involve boats and helicopters. There will be a hard perimeter on the water controlled by agency boats. Civilian boats will not be allowed to travel through the perimeter but it will be possible for civilian boats to navigate around the perimeter as they pass through that general area of Kerr Lake.
The Henderson Point Campground, Shelter #1, day use beach and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Boat Launch Area at Henderson Point will be open during the exercise. However, the portion of Henderson Point containing the Community Building, Shelter #2 and Shelter #3 will be closed until the exercise is completed.
Updated: 2014-07-29 18:37:34
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has reopened the boat ramp at County Line S.R.A. after an extensive renovation project.
Updated: 2014-06-30 17:21:58
The Occoneechee Indians once lived in the Kerr Lake area until they were dispersed by Nathanial Bacon in
1676. Until that date, the Roanoke River was the main transportation and supply route for both
Native Americans and early settlers. Constant, regular flooding of the river provided rich and productive
farmland that sustained the area for generations.
The development of cities and homes along the river and the increased demand for flood control and
electricity led to the construction of the John H. Kerr Reservoir, named after the North Carolina
congressman instrumental in the reservoir's development. Construction of this reservoir that straddles
Virginia and North Carolina began in 1946 and was completed in 1953.
The Kerr Reservoir Commission was then created to govern the North Carolina parks bordering the lake. The
N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation eventually took control of the seven recreation areas of the
reservoir in 1981. In addition to water resource management, the reservoir provides fish and wildlife
conservation, forest management and recreation.