Kerr Lake has risen over 8 ft. since Sunday, 4/22/17, due to heavy rain. As of today, 4/27/17, the lake level is 308.5 m.s.l. It is predicted to rise to 309.5’ by Friday, 4/28/17 and crest around 310’. Many campsites are closed or will close soon due to the quickly rising water. Park staff and reservation call center staff are notifying customers who have reservations that will be impacted. Customers with reservation concerns on the sites listed below may call the reservation center at 1-877-722-6762 to inquire about refunds or reservation transfers.
The following campsites are impacted:
Bullocksville Campground: ALL Campsites Due to Flooded Campground Roads
County Line Campground:-- Campsites 1, 7 ,8 ,15 ,16D, 17, 24, 30, 31D, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 48, 54D, 55, 56, ,57, 58, 60, 62, 66, 67, 69 and 75D.
Henderson Point Campground: ALL Campsites Due to Flooded Campground Roads
Hibernia State Recreation Area: Campsites 81, 82,84, 85, 86, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105D and 107.
J.C. Cooper Campground: 1, 3, 5, 7, 19, 39, 40, 41, 50, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 63, 64, 65, 69, 70, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79.
Kimball Point Campground: 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 66, 67, 68, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 75.
Nutbush Campground: 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 87, 88, 94, 95, 101, 102, 108 and 109.
Many boat ramps are closed. The following NC boat ramps are open as of 4/27/17 at 4 PM:
County Line (NC Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp)
Hibernia (NC Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp)
Nutbush Area 2 Ramp
The bridges on Nutbush Rd., Jacksontown Rd. and Anderson Creek Rd. are closed. We will update this Alert as conditions change. Hourly lake level information can be found at: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/roa05.htm .
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Persons with disabilities will find access to a wide range of recreational facilities at Kerr Lake. All paved parking lots have special spaces available, and the restrooms and shower houses are also accessible. The Bullocksville and Henderson Point areas offer accessible fishing piers, and accessible camping sites are available at all camping areas. Accessible picnic areas are available at Bullocksville, Satterwhite Point and Henderson Point, and our community buildings are barrier free. Rangers can guide you to facilities best suited to your needs.
Enjoy boating throughout the year. Each recreation area has one or more concrete boat-launching ramps. County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush recreation areas provide 24-hour access to the water.
There are five boat ramps located within Kerr Lake State Recreation Area that offer 24-hour access. The N.C Division of Parks and Recreation operates two 24-hour boat ramps at Nutbush. County Line, Henderson Point and Hibernia each have one 24-hour boat ramp operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. All other boat ramps within Kerr Lake State Recreation Area are open during park hours, and visitors must exit the park before the park's closing time. Boating facilities with courtesy docks, which are open during park hours are located at Bullocksville, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Kimball Point. J. C. Cooper Campground at Satterwhite Point offers a boat ramp and courtesy dock for campers only.
Other public ramps are operated on Kerr Lake outside of Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. In addition to the three ramps operated by The NC Wildlife Resources Commission inside our areas, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission also operates Flemingtown Access Area located at the end of Flemingtown Rd. The US Army Corps of Engineers and Virgina State Parks each operate boat ramps on the Virginia portion of Kerr Lake.
Sailing: Prevailing winds offer ideal conditions for sailing enthusiasts. County Line, Henderson Point and Kimball Point have expansive bodies of water particularly well-suited for sailing. Sudden wind changes and large waves are not unusual, so cautious seamanship is advised.
Two commercial marinas, Steele Creek Marina and Satterwhite Point Marina, are open year round and offer fuel, mooring, slips, service and supplies. Distances and shorelines may be deceiving to the navigator who is unfamiliar with the lake. The Uniform Waterway Marker System has been installed for your safety. Obey all buoys and markers.
Check lake water levels at the US Army Corps of Engineers website.
One of the best fishing lakes in the eastern United States, Kerr Lake features striped bass, largemouth bass, white perch, crappie, and catfish. Fish from a boat, the shoreline or from the piers at Bullocksville and Henderson Point. The pier at Henderson Point is open 24 hours per day.
There are many popular swimming locations along the shore at Kerr Lake. In addition, Satterwhite Point has a defined swimming area with accessible change rooms and restrooms.
There are no lifeguards on duty. Closely supervise children at all times and outfit them with personal flotation devices when they are in or near the water. Personal flotation devices are available for loan at Satterwhite Point, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Kimball Point.
Choose from more than 300 picnic tables and 11 covered picnic shelters with access to the lakeshore and boat ramps. Shelters vary in size and have from four to six tables. The shelters have running water and are free of charge unless reservations are requested. The shelters can be reserved through our central reservation system.
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
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 and October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 5pm seven days a week
Closed Christmas Day