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 .
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: 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