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Fishing in the mist at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
Flooding at Kerr Lake   

Kerr Lake is flooded from the heavy rain that fell in the Roanoake River Basin a little over a week ago.  It reached  315.26' on 5/28/2020, which is about 13' above normal, and is now falling slowly.   All Kerr Lake areas have campsites that are impacted.   Reservation holders on closed sites are being notified by the reservation company and will get a full refund.  The bridges on Anderson Creek Rd., Jacksontown Rd. are also flooded and closed.

The facilities below are closed due to flooding.  ONLY TWO BOAT RAMPS ON THE NC PORTION OF KERR LAKE ARE OPEN.   All swim beaches, picnic areas, community buildings, picnic shelters and group areas are still closed due to Covid-19.

At this time, the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Ramp at Nutbush Area 2, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Ramp at County Line, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp at Island Creek and Boat Ramp #1 at Occoneechee State Park in Clarksville Va. are OPEN.

Henderson Point
All facilities are closed

Hibernia
All facilities are closed

Nutbush

Nutbush Area 1 Campground is closed
Nutbush Area 3 Campground: 51-61, 85-88, 92-95, 100-102, 105-109 and H-2 are closed
Area 1 Boat Ramp is closed
Area 2 Boat Ramp is open
Area 3 Boat Ramp is closed

JC Cooper Campground
1-79 and 103 are closed
J. C. Cooper Campground Boat Ramp is closed

Bullocksville
All facilities are closed

County Line
The campground is closed

The NC Willdlife ramp is open

Kimball Point
All facilities are closed

This alert will be updated as conditions change. 

 Last updated on: Friday, June 5, 2020

Status of facilities as of May 22   

North Carolina State Parks began phase 2 of reopening on 5/22. However, the number of the Kerr Lake SRA accesses reopened had to be reduced due to flooding and all campgrounds that are open have some campsites that are flooded and closed. In addition, many boat ramps are likely to flood over Memorial Day Weekend.

PHASE TWO (May 22) Reopen the following: County Line campsites 1-71; Hibernia campground areas 1 and 2, trail and campground boat ramp; JC Cooper campground areas 1 and 2; Kimball Point area 1 and 2 and boat ramp; Nutbush Bridge campground area 1 and area 3 and the area 3 boat ramp. All camping by reservation only. No first-come, first-serve camping. Shower houses will be available but smaller restrooms may be closed. Cleaning the shower houses will take longer than normal due to disinfecting procedures. Trash cans will not be available at the campsites, so campers will have to take their own trash to the dumpsters.

The Bullocksville campground, boat ramp, and trail were scheduled to open but remain closed due to flooding.

The Henderson Point campground was scheduled to open but remains closed due to flooding.

See the “Flooding at Kerr Lake” alert for more information on the flood.

During phase two, there will be no day-use facilities open including: picnic areas, shelters, community buildings, and swim beaches, and areas with these facilities will be closed to the public. Group camping areas and the park office will also remain closed.

PHASE THREE (tentative date undetermined) reopen all facilities that have been closed to this point.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Kerr Lake State Recreation Area


Contact
 

252-438-7791

kerr.lake@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses and hours
 

Click each access below to view its address and its operating schedule and hours for day-use, boat ramp and/or campground facilities.

 

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Address

6254 Satterwhite Point Road
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.4411, -78.3688

 

Day-use area

  • open year-round
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

 

Visitor center

  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

     

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Address

20 Shoreline Lane
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.4411, -78.3688

 

Campground

  • open year-round with 24-hour gate access
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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Address

3050 Bullocksville Park Rd
Manson, NC 27553

GPS: 36.4577, -78.3631

 

Day-use area

  • open year-round
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

Boat ramp

  • open year-round and follow day-use hours listed above

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.
     

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Address

200 County Line Park Road
Manson, NC 27553

GPS: 36.5247, -78.3163

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

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Address

1427 Reverend Henderson Rd
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.5312, -78.3461

 

Shelter 1

  • open year-round
     
  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

 

Shelter 2 and 3 and
community building

  • open late March to early October and follow day-use hours listed above
     
  • year-round access for rentals
     
  • Closed Christmas Day

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access.

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.
     

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Address

2041 Hibernia Road
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.5047, -78.3761

 

Day-use area

  • open late March to early October
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

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Address

460 Kimball Point Road
Manson, NC 27553

GPS: 36.5367, -78.3099

 

Day-use area

  • open late March to early October
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Boat ramp

  • open late March to early October and follow day-use hours listed above.

 

Campground

  • Operating season schedule
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Please note: Campground gates open and lock promptly at the posted times. No entry or exit is permitted before or after posted gate hours, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

 

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Addresses

North entrance
115 Jack Wade Farm Lane
Henderson, NC 27537

South entrance
135 Jack Wade Farm Lane
Henderson, NC 27537

GPS: 36.4100, -78.3991

 

Day-use area

  • open late March to early October
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm

 

Boat ramp

  • open year-round with 24-hour access

 

Campground

  • open year-round with 24-hour gate access
     
  • Closed on Christmas Day
     

Operating season
 

►    2019 Schedule
 


 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Accessible Facilities

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.

Boating

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.

Fishing

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.

Swimming

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.

Picnicking

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.