Many campsites at Kerr Lake had to be closed for the weekend due to impacts from Tropical Storm Michael and rising water. Kerr Reservoir is rapidly rising and will rise several feet through the weekend. Winds from Michael blew down several trees in the area and there is a lot of debris on roads and campsites. Additionally, there are several areas currently without power. Because of widespread power outages in the entire region, we do not know when power will be restored. Hibernia campground is without power, which also means there is no water for campsites or the bathhouses. All JC Cooper campground has been closed through 10/17/18. There are numerous trees down, no power, no water and the road into the campground is blocked by downed powerlines. The park office is also without power, phones or internet.
The reservation call center is contacting customers with impacted sites; the facilities currently closed are listed below. Please note that more facilites may be closed and added to the list over the weekend.
Henderson Point Picnic Shelters #1, #2 and #3
Area 2 Campsites - 81, 82D, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, H-1
Hibernia Group Area
Hibernia Picnic Shelter
J.C. Cooper Campground:
The entire campground is closed
Area 2: Campsites 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78D
Kimball Point Picnic Shelter
Area 3: Campsites 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 87, 88, 94, 95, 100, 101, 102, 107, 108, 109
Note: The campgrounds at Bullocksville, County Line and Henderson Point are already closed for the season.
In addition, it is likely that most or all of the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area boat ramps will be closed before the end of the weekend.Posted on: Friday, October 12, 2018
Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.
Much of the land that makes up Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is covered by forests in various stages of regrowth that follow the farming and timbering practices of the past. The forests found at Kerr Lake are typical of those found elsewhere in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Pine stands are dominated by loblolly pines. In hardwood forest areas, various oak and hickory species, tulip poplars, sweetgums, maples, American beech and dogwoods are commonly found.
In drainage areas and along the shoreline, willows, river birch and alder are found. Also found in these areas are buttonbush and rose mallow.
Many types of mammals live around Kerr Lake. Mammals such as white-tailed deer, raccoons, Virginia opossums, gray foxes, red foxes, cottontail rabbits and gray squirrels are common in the woods and along the shore. Beavers, muskrats and a few river otters make their homes at Kerr Lake as well. Many of these creatures are secretive and not often seen by park visitors.
There are several species of amphibians and reptiles in the area. Frogs, toads, turtles, lizards and snakes are all found here. Most snakes found at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area are harmless. Generally, snakes found in the water are non-venomous water snakes. There is one species, the copperhead, which is venomous and lives on parkland.
Bird species are too numerous to list completely, but representative species are typical of the Carolina Piedmont. Songbirds include indigo buntings, red-eyed vireos, northern cardinals, prairie warblers, eastern kingbirds and Carolina chickadees. Many birds of prey also reside here. Red-tailed hawks, red-shoulder hawks, ospreys and eagles are all seen soaring overhead. Barred owls, great-horned owls and screech owls are often heard under the cover of darkness. Wading birds such as great blue herons and egrets can be found along the shoreline as they hunt for fish in the shallows. Other "fishermen" found above and on the lake include the belted kingfisher and double crested cormorant. In the winter, the common loon and pied billed grebe can also be observed at the lake. Additionally, Canada geese and mallard ducks are frequently seen on the water and along the shore.
Kerr Lake State Recreation Area
November – February: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March, April, September and October: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May – August: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
May – September: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week
Closed Christmas Day