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Flooding at Kerr Lake SRA from recent rain
Posted on:  Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 4:40pm    

After significant rainfall throughout the Roanoke River Basin, John H. Kerr Reservoir is predicted to rise to at least 308’ msl by Tuesday, October 6th.  As of 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 3rd, John H. Kerr Reservoir was at 300.85’ and rising steadily.  If the lake level predictions are accurate, numerous campsites and boat ramps will become unusable over the next few days.  Park personnel have begun removing electric boxes on the electric sites most likely to be impacted.  Campers with reservations between October 3rd and October 11th  are being contacted. 

This ALERT will be updated periodically as conditions or predictions change.

Hourly lake level information posted by the US Army Corps of Engineers can be found at

The park office is open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm seven-days-a-week and the phone number is (252) 438-7791.

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of eight access areas scattered around the shoreline of this 50,000-acre reservoir that reaches into Virginia. Hundreds of campsites among five of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to group camps. There are several swim beaches in the recreation area and multiple boating ramps, some offering 24-hour access with a few reserved for campers. Two private marinas serve boaters and the lake is renowned for excellent fishing. An extensive boat ramp facility at the Nutbush Access is suitable for fishing tournaments. A community building is a popular venue for family or community gatherings.

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Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
HendersonNC 27537
Latitude: 36.441100
Longitude: -78.368800

Park Hours:

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, September and October: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

The day use areas at Bullocksville, Henderson Point Shelter 1 and Satterwhite Point are open year-round. All other day use areas are closed late October – late March. The Henderson Point day use area for shelter 2, shelter 3 and the community building is closed late October – late March but will be opened for groups who rent the community building or the shelters.

County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush have 24-hour boat ramp facilities open year-round. All other day use areas are closed and locked at park closing time.

Park Hours - Campgrounds
J.C. Cooper Campground at Satterwhite Point and Nutbush are open for camping year-round and have 24 hours access. All other campground areas are closed and locked at park closing time.

Other Campground gate hours are as follows:
March, April, September and October: 7am - 9pm
May - August: 7am - 10pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm seven days a week
Closed Christmas Day

2015 Opening and Closing Schedule (PDF)